Amoris Foundation Mission: To inspire hope and heal the hearts of the forgotten; orphans and poor children, through music performance and education.
We are pleased to announce that the Amoris Foundation was legally formed March 21, 2013 in Connecticut along with an application for tax exempt status as a 501 (c)(3) entity.
Sue Song, our co-founder and President, completed her third trip to Italy in the past several months where she was performing for children, recording and developing important relationships for Amoris. The Amoris Foundation developed relationships with Istituto Antonio Aveta (orphanage in Pompei, Italy) and Hearts Home (Family community support for the poor in Afragola near Naples, Italy). Hearts Home is an important relationship for Amoris with 41 offices operating in 26 countries; http://eu.heartshome.org/?lang=en).
Amoris team members recently visited Hearts Home in Brooklyn, NY (http://usa.heartshome.org) where we discussed how Amoris could provide assistance to their growing “retreat center for artists” in the Catskills, the International Center for a Culture of Compassion (http://usa.heartshome.org/The-International-Center-for-a.html).
This past Easter weekend, with the assistance of Hearts Home, Sue stayed with family outside of Naples and performed and entertained many poor children including some who were seriously disabled. Sue was very touched how the hearts and minds of these children responded to live classical music.
In the first year or two Amoris will focus on developing programs to help orphans and poor children in Europe and in the US. Opportunities in other regions such as Brazil and Argentina are available but will be considered after the Foundation’s programs have been more fully developed.
Healing Hearts Program:
When Sue performs at an orphanage or community center for poor children, she and other Amoris Team members seek to identify children who have a desire and a potential to play a musical instrument. It is the intent of the Amoris Foundation to assist these selected children by providing them access to instruments and local instruction as well as more live performances. Further to this objective Amoris will continue to monitor their sponsored “music students” in person and online and hopefully this effort will assist them to secure, when and where possible, advanced music education as a step towards an independent livelihood as a professional musician or teacher. This is the long term goal of the Amoris Foundation
Donations: For those wishing to make a donation to Amoris Foundation we expect to receive approval of our application for 501 (c)(3) from the IRS in a timely manner so that all donations received in the calendar year 2013 will qualify as a tax deductible charitable contribution. Donations should by check should be made out to Amoris Foundation, Inc. and addressed to Yoon Song, 10 Mortimer Drive, Old Greenwich, CT. 06870.
Thank you for your interest and support of Amoris. Please enjoy the photographs from Sue’s recent trips. I think these pictures alone illustrate the joy and excitement that Sue and her music brings to the forgotten.