How your help makes a difference
From the outset, Nai has relied heavily on private donations and volunteers. If it wasn't for this invaluable support from generous private citizens, corporations and community members, Nai would not have survived the void of public funding.
Quality music education is expensive. An average Canadian children's choir charges each chorister $1,000 to $2,000 for tuition, and extra for touring and camps. Given that Nai serves underprivileged refugee children, we have ensured that all our programs are FREE to all choristers, never burdening their families with costs, nor fundraising expectations. We provide families with public transportation allowances, and include them on trips and Nai's public performances at our expense. Snacks and meals are also provided to choristers and their families at each performance and event. We also strives to compensate our musicians fairly.
All these are not possible without your continuous support and contributions.
CultureLink is a registered Canadian charitable organization (Charity Number: 892339979RR0001). If you donate to Nai through CultureLink's Canada Helps page, a tax receipt will be automatically sent to you. If you send a cheque to CultureLink for Nai, any donation greater than $20 will warrant a charity receipt. Whether you donate online or by cheque, please note down what the money is designated for so that we know where you'd like your donation to make the most differences.
Music Leadership Camp
In 2016, thanks to the generosity of YMCA Geneva Park and Orillia Vocal Ensemble, Nai enjoyed an unforgettable music retreat on scenic Lake Couchiching. Music and various team building activities during this overnight trip gave Nai families and children an incredible opportunity to bond with each other.
October 2017, YMCA Geneva Park again subcidized our #Artegration Program's Music Leadership Camp for Nai Choir families.
Our hope is to have similar retreats every year. Please contact us if your organization or group can host us.
To commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the first plane of Syrian refugees, Nai had an amazing opportunity in December 2016 to perform at the House of Commons in Ottawa, in front of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and many MPs and senators. This trip undoubtedly left lasting memories for Nai children. We hope to have other opportunities to tour different Canadian cities and to collaborate with other artists.
With your support, these lifetime experiences can become a reality. Please donate generously to send Nai on dream tours.
March Break Camp
While many Canadian children appreciate a week of free time from school during March Break, children whose families can afford a quality camp or a family getaway usually get a lot more from the break. Sadly, that is not the case with most Nai families. Therefore, Nai views this week as their responsibility to host a March Break camp to create a unique enriching experience for its choristers. All these years we held full-time fun camps during this one-week school break. We will appreciate your donations in forms of cash, free admission to fun programs or time and expertise in helping us organize activities. More information →
In the past, our choristers shared that they missed the Choir immensely during the long Summer school break. Summer 2018, with the help of Ontario’s Multicultural Community Capacity Grant, we raised enough funds to provide 34 newcomer children with a 10-day special musical theatre camp. The musical play was in itself a collective creative process where the children, artists and camp facilitators made thearte together to tell stories of the Syrian refugee community. The final production is a 35-minute long play called "The Do Re Mi Magic Boat" which was presented publicly at the Bloordale United Church. We also held a 4-day camp for our choristers in Scarborough.
A donation of $500 to Nai will enable us to provide one child with a quality, full-day summer camp for two memorable weeks.