Thursday,18 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1374, (21 December 2017 - 3 January 2018)
Thursday,18 April, 2019
Issue 1374, (21 December 2017 - 3 January 2018)

Ahram Weekly

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Bhattacharyya with Awlady Orphanage children

The Indian Community Association in Egypt (ICAE) held a charity event at the Awlady Orphanage in Maadi. Established in 1953, the orphanage is home to over 300 boys and girls, providing basic care and education as well as assistance with getting married so they may have the chance to live a normal and happy life. Many of these children are brought to the orphanage just a few months old, and live their entire lives there wishing to fulfill their dreams and lifelong hopes.

The charity was a huge success and brought lots of smiles and laughter to the children. A painting competition, ‘Dreams, what makes you happy?’ was the theme for children aged six to 19. Additionally, the children of the Indian community and the orphanage played a friendly football match in which the Egyptians won. Indian Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya presented awards to the children that participated.    

The ICAE supports charitable causes which assist the underprivileged in Egypt.

Mr. Park Jae Yang

At a five-star hotel in Cairo, a lavish farewell party was held to say adieu to the diligent director of the Korean Cultural Centre in Cairo Park Jae Yang. An array of Egyptian journalists and TV anchors including Taghrid Hussein from Nile TV and Maggy Habib from CBC Sofra satellite channel gathered to say goodbye to Park who came to Egypt 24 years ago. He was in his thirties when he arrived in Egypt to learn Arabic at Al-Azhar University after which he translated the Holy Qur’an into Korean. All thanks go to him for promoting Korean culture and art in all of Egypt’s governorates. Park founded the Korean Cultural Centre in 2014. 

Samra and Nour

Inspirational adventurer, motivational speaker and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Omar Samra set out to attempt one of the world’s most grueling challenges: rowing across the Atlantic, in solidarity with refugees and in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and UNDP. #Rowing4Refugees wants to raise awareness of the plight of millions of refugees and asylum-seekers through first-hand experience of the hardships and risks that refugees often endure when fleeing conflict and seeking safety across dangerous waters.

Accompanying Samra is professional triathlete and businessman Omar Nour. They embarked on a challenge of endurance across the Atlantic on a row boat. The 5,000km journey began on 12 December in San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands, to end in Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. They will be the first Egyptian team to cross the Atlantic, competing with other teams, each made up of one to four rowers from the world over.

“We are proud of this initiative and we are fully aware that refugees being left with no option but to leave their homes and cross dangerous seas to reach safety is far more challenging that anything we will ever experience,” Samra said. “Having said this, we hope to use this unique platform of the ocean row to shed more light on the perils of such journeys and why it is so important to bring this cause to the public eye and into discussion, as well as encourage people on the move to make informed decisions.”

“This serves as an important reminder of the need for concrete steps to address smuggling and trafficking through measures that provide for safe and legal pathways to protection, including increasing resettlement and facilitating family reunification,” Karim Atassi, UNHCR Representative in Egypt, said.

“We are proud to partner with Omar Samra and UNHCR in #Rowing4Refugees to shed light on the hardships refugees face. We want to see a world where all people don’t have to risk their lives in search for safety,” Randa Aboul Hosn, UNDP country director, said.

The initiative coincides with the launch of the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. UNHCR and UNDP work in partnership across the Middle East to ensure that refugees have access to safety and basic rights and services, and that the countries hosting them receive international support and solidarity.

AUC Team

The swimming and tennis teams of The American University in Cairo (AUC) won first place in the individual team rankings at the third annual InterUniversities Championships recently held in Barcelona, Spain. Out of more than 65 universities, AUC came in second place in the overall ranking following Sorbonne University. AUC’s table tennis team came in second while the men’s soccer finished third after a hard-fought competition. Women’s rugby placed fourth.

From left Habib speaks at one of the Education Investment MENA conference's lectures

Chairman of the board of directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in the UAE 

Abdullah Al-Karam, as well as other representatives from educational institutions from Middle East and North Africa countries were present at the launching of the Education Investment MENA conference in Dubai.

The conference aims to achieve core elevation of education in the region. Seif Fouad Habib, the Egyptian International Metropolitan legal representative, was invited for his vast experience in education, having given numerous lectures moderated by Shaun Robinson, CEO of BBD Education, on topics which benefit both educators and investors from all over the world.

The Metropolitan participation is also considered of paramount importance for Egypt to highlight the country as fertile ground for educational investment for both investors and banks. (photo: Sayed Shaarawy)

The Antiquities Museum in Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) will host a lecture, ‘Antiquities Witnessed the Holy Family’s Journey in Egypt’ on Thursday 28 December at 12pm featuring Merry Magdy Anwar, assistant professor at the Faculty of Hotels and Tourism. Anwar will speak on the Holy Family’s journey in Egypt and the antiquities blessed by the visit as proof of the journey depicted in Wells, Trees and Caverns, in addition to the world’s first holy altar built by Jesus Christ. The sites are on the Egyptian tourism map.

Aida Muluneh

On Wednesday 27 December, Darb 1718 holds ‘Photography in Ethiopia’ with Aida Muluneh, an Ethiopian artist and photojournalist at the Washington Post whose work can be found in several international publications. Muluneh’s work has been shown in South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the US, France, Germany, England and China. The 6pm talk will start with a short introduction of Muluneh, the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa hosted since 2010 in the city of Addis Ababa. Up for discussion will be her background, why she got into photography, the influence of African-American photographers and her motivation toward changing the image of Ethiopia. 

Muluneh’s images are displayed in a permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art in the US.

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