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The 20-year-old Palestinian has been part of a unique music project in Rashidieh since 2010 .The orchestra meets every Friday and Sunday when the children have days off from school.Mental health issues are widespread among refugee youth in Lebanon, as their upbringing is often shaped by instability, unemployment and social problems.Nearly 15 years after the project started, both the instructors and the founders agree that they have been successful in helping children overcome many such negative feelings.Zeidan, who has three sons who are or have been involved in the project, explained what an incredible effect taking on the responsibilities of a teaching assistant can have on an adolescents.Zeidan explained that the benefits for the children's language skills are a result of their exposure to the global language of music, which brings them closer to other cultures.When NORWAC stopped funding the project, another organization stepped in.Despite the demands of the project, the difference it makes to the lives of the children is perhaps immeasurable.
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