Q: What are your roots?
A: I was born in Jerusalem and I grew up in the old city of Jerusalem. My roots are half Armenian half Palestinian, my father is a survivor from the Armenian Genocide since 1912 -1915. He came to a refugee to Palestine in 1918 as an orphan in the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem.
Q: Before you began work at House of Hope, you were a musician. What instruments did you play? Please describe your musical career.
A: I was specialized as a violinist but I played the oud instrument. I am a composer and writer.
Q: Why do you believe in House of Hope?
A: I believe in this house because it is a house of peace nonviolence and education. House of hope brought back my old dreams, and it gave thousands of kids and youth a goal. It promotes arts and music as a tool for trauma healing. It gives people life.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working at House of Hope?
A: To see the kids smiling playing learning singing and dancing. Being a teacher the most, being with kids, being with the team, and learn all together new ways of developing the educational system.
Q: What do you enjoy most about Palestinian culture?
A: Dabka dance, poetry, and food.
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