Monday, April 11, 2005

Charity Event

Tomorrow, Tuesday...
At Zahra Center there will be a whole day (regular opening hours) event to raise money for the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation.
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The Stated objectives of the foundation are:
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  • Establishing and running kindergartens for young children age 3-6 years and habilitation centers for children with disabilities in Palestinian refugee camps and other deprived areas.

  • Establishing and running libraries and art centers for children age 6-16 years.

  • Integrating activities between disabled children and other children.

  • Conducting teacher training programs in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) and special education.

  • Promoting cultural and social activities

  • Publishing Ghassan Kanafani's literary works.

  • Taken from palcordinationforum.org

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    Ghassan Kanafani was the famous writer of such short stories as Men In The Sun, a haunting tale about Palestinian refugees being smuggled in empty water tankers into Kuwait, in the unbearable heat. It's a very moving story and you can almost feel and see what it happening as you read it.

    He spent time as a teacher in Kuwait which is where he wrote many of his stories. He was killed when his car exploded in 1972, his young niece Lamise was killed too. His widow, Anni Kanafani, who runs the GKCF will be at the charity event tomorrow...

    If you want to help children in need, make your way there sometime in the day..

    3 comments:

    SheWrites said...

    Kwtiya,
    Thank you for posting about this. If I can't make it, I'll be sure to send a reporter to cover the event. What a great cause!

    N.

    kwtia said...

    Hi N, did you end up going? I watched part of the documentary that was playing in the background...very touching.
    Some nice stuff..bought some books and greeting cards (the sale from those goes straight to the cause) the other folks selling things paid a rental fee that goes to the cause but none of the profit does..of course if they get to sell they will rent again for the next cause...so not too bad.

    SheWrites said...

    Kwtia,
    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend, but I did manage to get one of my reporters out there. He interviewed Anni Kanafani, and we got amazing coverage.
    He purchased a few items, including the self-portraits by the kids. They're so hauntingly beautiful, we ended up printing almost all of them in the paper, along with each child's picture and their quote.
    Thanks again for the heads up.

    N.