Bert Skellie bertskellie at mindspring.com
Sat Mar 17 18:39:26 JEST 2001

Here's something SAYMA young people might find interesting.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2001
Contact:  John Haigis 215/241-7056


PHILADELPHIA, PA - The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) today
announced the start of a campaign to raise money for food and medicine for
the two million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the
war-torn West African nation of Angola.  The campaign, with its launching
date coinciding with Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, runs
through May 31 and begins with  a project called "Kids to Kids".

The "Kids to Kids" project aims to interactively engage schools, churches,
mosques, synagogues, civic groups, families and individuals in learning
about the circumstances that contribute to Angola's on-going civil war, and
in a show of concern for the people of Angola.

"The 'Kids to Kids' project is an opportunity to join contemplation to
action and support those who are suffering," said Carlos Mejia, director of
the  AFSC's Emergency and Material Assistance Program (EMAP). Through the
project, EMAP will gather and send  to Angolan children living in camps
"kids kits" containing a small stuffed toy, a small ball, a box of crayons
or chalk, a pen, a small pad of paper, a bar of bath soap, a washcloth, and
a personal note and photo of the giver(s).

Angola's twenty-five year civil war has intensified in the past few years.
The United Nations estimates that since 1988 more than 1.8 million people
have had to leave their homes and are now living in internally displaced
person and refugee camps.

Although Angola is rich in mineral wealth, including diamonds and oil, the
larger society does not benefit from these riches.  AFSC has been active in
Africa for many years.  Through its Quaker International Affairs
Representatives (QIARs), AFSC is supporting the building of a civil society
movement for peace in Angola which is led by a coalition of churches.

People are asked to send monetary donations or prepared kits to the
Emergency and Material Assistance Program Service Center, 601 Main Street,
New Windsor, Maryland, 21776, or to the nearest AFSC collection center. To
ensure that each kit contains the same things, participants are asked to
include only the items on the kit list.  Monetary donations  may also be
made by calling  1-888-588-2372, ext. 1.  For a copy of the kit ingredients,
or for additional information contact Carlos Mejia at (215) 241-7283/Jason
Erb at (215) 241-7041 or  log on to the AFSC web site at www.afsc.org.


The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that
includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice,
peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in
the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome
violence and injustice.

Bert Skellie
2303 Dancing Fox Road
Decatur, GA 30032
(404) 378-5883

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