Maya, 10, sings for Syr­i­ans

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

MOVED BY the plight of Syr­ian refugees, 10-year-old Maya Wise­man en­listed fel­low pupils at Finch­ley’s Martin Pri­mary School to record a char­ity CD, which has al­ready raised al­most £5,000.

“I hate the thought of in­no­cent peo­ple liv­ing in vi­o­lent cir­cum­stances,” said Maya, whose fam­ily are Finch­ley Re­form Syn­a­gogue mem- Maya Wise­man: raised £5,000 for char­ity with fel­low school pupils bers. “It makes me feel bad be­cause I have a per­fect life, whereas they have to suf­fer.” With the school singing club, she recorded a song, I’ll Be Your Refuge, and then en­cour­aged other pupils to make a do­na­tion to add their own songs. Maya will also be gift­ing her next birth­day presents to Syr­ian refugee chil­dren through War Child.

“I am quite p r o u d b u t I think we could still raise so much more,” she said.

Her par­ents, Ian Shapiro and Katie Wise­man, have been taken aback by her de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“She in­de­pen­dently came up with a plan, got a group of kids to­gether and pro­posed it to her pri­mary school teach­ers,” Mr Shapiro said. “It snow­balled from there.

“Her school is a di­verse Lon­don com­pre­hen­sive in­clud­ing refugees, asy­lum seek­ers and Syr­i­ans. They have been bril­liant at sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive.”

‘I hate the thoughtof in­no­cents in vi­o­lent cir­cum­stances’

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