A Good Cause

Sidra and her students
Sidra and her students

My friend Sidra Omer and her family run a school for poor children in Pakistan called Bostaan ‘ilm. 

Now, some of you may know that I work in South Korea teaching English. Korea is a rich country with no Taliban to worry about. It’s not a brave thing that I am doing- teaching here.

Sirda, on the other hand, is the bravest person I know. I am honoured to be her friend and honoured to tell you about her school. It’s a wonderful opportunity for poor children in Pakistan to get an education.

Remember, in Pakistan there are places where women are harassed for getting an education. And yet, Sidra’s school teaches girls! It’s a wonderful cause, and you can donate here if you want to help. I urge you all to consider helping Sidra to make Pakistan a better place!

Ear Candy

This is just a quick mention of a charity called Ear Candy.

The charity exsists to pay for music programs in schools, and to buy musical instruments and music lessons for kids. The founders of Ear Candy believe that budget cuts are wipping out all the music programs in Arizona schools, and they are worried that this will wipe out a whole generation of little Arizona musicians. Since it would be tragic to imagine a future without music, Ear Candy has ben created a a way to help make up the diffrence.

Here is a link to their Web site if you want to learn more, volunteer, or donate.

I am mentionning Ear Candy because I think wonderful charities like this are an important part of Arizona culture. I found out about them when Leslie announced that profits from The Bigger Picture would go to this charity this year.