Generous Support helps Lewin follow his Passion
Leslie has always known what music meant to her eight-year-old son, Lewin. When they decided to move permanently to Canada in 2019, she began looking for opportunities around their new home for her son to continue to follow his passion.
When she found out about Creative Kids, she was glad such a program existed. Thanks to many generous donations, Lewin is one of over 10,000 children and youth who have been provided with grants to continue following their cultural dreams. In Lewin’s case, his dream has always been music.
Leslie says her son was only two-years-old when he started showing an interest in music. “One day I heard someone whistling and I thought it was my dad, but then I realized that it was Lewin. He was making music out of whistling,” she says. “I was amazed how he was doing it because his lip was not moving.”
She says playing the piano helps Lewin express himself; build his self-esteem; practice self-discipline; and learn to be patient. When asked, Lewin he says, “I play piano for the glory of God. I also want to share what I’ve learned by teaching other children.”
Despite in-person gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewin is able to take piano lessons via Zoom with the Studio of Sarah Clark Gregory. Last Christmas, he played his favorite Christmas songs; recorded them and sent them to his teacher for their online recital. He also shared the recorded video with his family members in the Philippines.
“It was a wonderful experience for him as we got to upload it on YouTube for his dad and grandparents to watch,” she says. “They are very happy for Lewin and they are also thankful to all the people who are helping us here in Canada, particularly here in the province of Saskatchewan.”
Leslie is grateful for the support of Creative Kids, the sponsors and donors.
“It is really a big help for me, especially during this pandemic,” she says. “It was such a relief when my son got approved for funding. When I told my son about it, I saw his excitement. Your kindness and support brought joy to my child.”