Anne Peterson read about Fatima Babiker in the Statesman and was drawn to her family’s story of coming to Austin from Egypt two years ago.


Every year, Peterson reads the stories of the featured families in the Statesman’s Season for Caring charity program, and she writes a check. This year, she read that Babiker’s daughters, Layal, 7, and Sajeda, 11, were asking for violins.


"I can get those," she thought. "I think it’s an amazing program you all do," she told the Statesman. "I’ve loved it every year."


Peterson, the director of finance and administration at the classical music station KMFA, reached out to her co-workers. They had a violin at the station, but Matt Kufchak, the station’s marketing director and a cellist, educated her on violins and how they have to fit the person. That violin was too big for Layal or Sajeda, who have been learning to play through school. The girls can borrow a violin to take home once or twice a week, but they can’t keep it or take it home over school breaks.


KMFA reached out to Austin Soundwaves, a nonprofit organization with a goal of making music education accessible and equitable for Austin kids.


Patrick Slevin, Austin Soundwaves executive and artistic director, found two violins for the girls that are the right size for them and will help facilitate lessons for them.


Peterson, Kufchak and KMFA General Manager Ann Wilson met the Babiker family and presented the violins, a bag full of KMFA swag and another bag full of school supplies.


"I have a love for music, and I have a love for children, and I saw your children love violin," Peterson told Babiker when they met last week.


Layal piped up, "I play violin."


"I know how to play ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,’" Layal said.


"That’s what we all learn first," Wilson said.


With that, Layal picked up her new violin and played the song from memory.


Later on, she and Sajeda played "Jingle Bells" for the group.


As everyone clapped, Babiker said "Bravo," to her daughters.


"Thank you so much," Babiker said to the KMFA group.


"Now they can practice anytime they want," Wilson said.


"Thank you," Sajeda said as she hugged the donors.


This is just one way that KMFA is supporting young musicians. When its new headquarters opens, its studio will be dedicated to the memory of Draylen Mason, the 17-year-old Austin musician who was killed in the 2018 package bombings. Mason had played bass with Austin Soundwaves.


The new studio will include a stage for live performances.


"I hope that one day we’ll see these ladies play the violins on that stage," Peterson said.


Babiker and her children, which also includes Mosbah, 9, and Layal’s twin Mohammed, still have many items on their Season for Caring wish list. Babiker, who cleans houses, worked in a beauty salon in Egypt and wants to get her cosmetology license. She needs tuition to go to cosmetology school. She also needs a reliable vehicle and help affording a larger apartment, as well as dressers, sheets and comforters, living room furniture and a wireless printer. Layal would love to take dance classes.


To find out more about Babiker and her family or to donate an item on her wish list, contact Caritas of Austin at 512-646-1277, caritasofaustin.org.