War refugees and internally displaced persons are confronted worldwide with unimaginable acts of violence, events, experiences and the resulting traumas. The Singing Helps project is based on a collaboration between the Initiator AktiVokal e.V., the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), the International Choral Conductors Federation (ICCF) and the International Kodaly Society (IKS) with the aim of supporting all those affected by using music therapy as a healing catalyst and networking element to promote hope, healing and resilience. People are to be given back a sense of security and self-efficacy through songs of their own rootedness.

“Imagine you had to leave your home country! What songs from your homeland would you like to have “in your luggage” that give you hope, help and comfort? For you, but also for elders, parents or children!”

Singing Helps is a database to help music therapists and volunteers in refugee aid to integrate songs from the refugees’ home countries into their work. The database is constantly being expanded and edited. Since it is maintained by volunteers, we ask for your understanding if there are still some gaps. We are working on closing them and would be pleased if you would help us.





As a user of this initiative, you will get access to the songs of the countries, which are prepared in such a way that you can learn them and use them in therapeutic treatments or in your voluntary help and care for these people.

For access, you need to register once. Please fill out the registration form, which you can find HERE or in the navigation (under LOGIN).

The use is free of charge, but we would appreciate a one-time or even permanent donation under the reference “SINGING HELPS” to AktiVokal e.V. – Singing Helps – Sparkasse Märkisches Sauerland – IBAN: DE95 4455 1210 0001 5426 53 – BIC: WELADED1HEM.  

Our initiative works on a voluntary basis! Incoming funds will be used for technical equipment, material, as well as professional support or to cover rights costs.

Of course you can also join our initiative and ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE! Please contact us!

Please note, that we are still in the set-up phase! There is not much material available yet! Therefore we also ask for your help! You are cordially invited to actively participate or to send us tips on country and songs. Thank you very much for that!



Idea and Initiator


Chair of WFMT Global Crises Intervention Commission


Vice-President for the International Kodály Society and the Malaysian Association of Music Education



Ilona Balynets


Nils Bonk & Corinna Häußler


NEWS ABOUT Singing Helps

We are online now

We are glad to welcome you on our pages. In the coming weeks this database will be filled with content. The first contributions are already available in the database. You can also upload your own content directly via our upload form.

To use our database and the upload form, you have to register first. After that you will receive a confirmation email with the access data. This can take up to 48 hours, even if we try our best. Usually you will receive the confirmation email promptly. You can also find the registration form in the navigation (above) under “Login”.