Maysoon’s Kids – Feed a Mind Campaign in Beit Fajjar Palestine
You’ve probably seen Maysoon Zayid’s TED Talk that has gone viral over the internet. Whether it was a friend who shared it on Facebook, Twitter, or any social network you use, you know for a fact that this phenomenal woman is out to make a difference. She walked when doctors told her that she can’t, and she strives to believe what her father told her … there is no I can’t in life, there is a “I can can”
If you have been born perfectly, then now is a good time to count your blessings. By perfection, I am not referring to your physical appearance, but your physical ability. If you have your two hands, feet, 10 fingers, 10 toes, and a face that challenges the world every day at school, at work, and in your neighborhood, then you’re lucky indeed. If you had the right to an education without discrimination because you are not disabled, if you can go to work to earn a living, if you can meet up with family and friends outside the comfort zone of your own home without strangers whispering mean words and statements your way because you are physically disabled, then you are perfect.
But what about those who haven’t been blessed? How can you take a moment out of your life to make a difference in a child’s life? Maysoon’s journey isn’t about spreading awareness of her disability, or her ability to be a stand-up comedian – it’s also about giving back to the community through her charity “Maysoon’s Kids”.
As a person who has Cerebral Palsy, Maysoon has decided to reach out and make a difference in the life of Palestinian Children who have been denied the right to an education because of their disability. While dreaming about making education possible for everyone, she is starting small and dreams to take it one step at a time to make difference across Palestine. This year the pilot class takes place in the village of Beit Fajr which is located near Bethlehem where a space has been rented in a rehab center for a classroom. The first class has 7 students in it, where an investment will be made in these children in hopes that they will be able to enroll into the Palestinian Schooling System by the time they are in third grade. The classes will teach the current Palestinian curriculum and will include visiting artists, science fairs, and a variety of activities to keep the students interested and enhance their social, motor, and personal skills. Students will also receive, physical and speech therapy on daily basis, and Maysoon promises to personally monitor the progress of the classes.
I really believe in “Maysoon’s Kids” or else, I would have dedicated this blogpost about her initiative, and my belief comes because this has been a personal journey for her. It’s easily said and done for most people, but having a disability and trying to conquer it by surviving the fast-paced daily life nowadays cannot be easy, but having someone who had been through this before, is not only inspiring, but also comes with a lot of personal experience which may add value and give hope to all of these children.
To contribute/donate to this campaign please click here à https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/maysoon-s-kids-feed-a-mind-campaign/contributions/new
This project requires raising $33,000 US Dollars. So far $10,310 has been raised, and more money is still needed by June 22nd.
With only 20 days left for raising money, I believe it can be done. Share this blogpost tell your friends, and make a difference.
- $2 buys a book
- $25 buys a backpack with school supplies
- $100 contributes to fun activities, like class trips, puppet theatres, theme parties etc..
- $500 covers a teacher’s salary for one month
- $1000 goes to locally made desks and furniture for the classrooms
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