18 October, 2006

I received this email today. When you have a moment, watch the film. I certainly makes one feel fortunate and thankful and restores one's faith in the goodness of people. Eid Mubarak.

Dear Friends,

This is a story of hope and change. It is a story about what to do when you can't sit still. It is about how we all do make a difference.

To see the documentary go to: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6334133046104750860&q=rebuilding

After the horrific earthquake almost a year ago in Pakistan, a group of determined individuals spearheaded by this documentary maker ( Nasir Aziz ) raised millions of dollars and donations securing 600 homes, a hospital (1st for this community) and 3 schools all delivered & built before the winter months. That means in a matter of 6 to 8 weeks!

All contributions went directly to the efforts. People mobilized & the results are astounding. The six villages - the mountainside - is now a sister city of Seattle . The schools have funding for TWO years for uniforms, food, salaries, ...and people lived – they survived…they did not perish from the cold…their broken lives were given hope!

It is an incredible story. It is a model of how to mobilize and make a difference after such a tragedy. It is a particularly important story today of East & West, of people coming together from different religious, social, economic, & political worlds.

Should any of you wish to get a press kit or assist in getting this story out, we welcome it!

Nasir welcomes showing the documentary and Q&A. If you wish to use it in a classroom, school presentation or media, please contact Nasir so he can arrange a copy to be sent to you as needed.

Please share - it's a lovely story of what a difference we all can make; a story of hope...of the West and East coming together.

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