Alumni concert gives hope to children in Mali
Luxembourg's Oxford and Cambridge Societies raised more than 1,000 euros for some of the most deprived children in the world through a jointly organised concert.
The two organisations presented a cheque for 1,033 euros to SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde to support its programmes in Mali, including emergency relief in the region of Mopti.
The high-brow “Sonnets to sundry notes of music” event, held during the summer, combined readings of William Shakespeare and John Dunne poems with songs by John Dowland and Philip Rosseter, performed by the famous counter-tenor Christopher Robson and Axel Wolf playing the lute.
The concert was organised by a group of Oxford alumni as part of a reunion of former University of Oxford and Cambridge students from Benelux and Germany.
Sophie Molitor of SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde thanked the organisers. She said: “At a time where Mali is struggling to recover from the aftermath of a very serious political and food crisis, humanitarian aid is essential to help this country rebuild itself sustainably. The new emergency relief programme, which was set up by our partner SOS Children’s Village Mali, in the central region of Mopti, is of crucial importance to help the most vulnerable and destitute”.
The programme supports 10,644 people from displaced families who fled from Northern Mali and foster families in this region exposed to chronic poverty. In Socoura, where the Luxembourgish association had funded the construction of a SOS School for 810 pupils in the past, a family strengthening programme is also supported by funds from Luxembourg.
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