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Charlie Simpson

Guardian

Seven-year-old’s plan to raise £500 on sponsored bike ride snowballs on back of worldwide media coverage.

A seven-year-old boy who hoped to raise £500 for Haiti earthquake relief by cycling five miles around a local park has raised £120,000 in donations and gift aid, with the total still rising.

Charlie Simpson’s efforts have touched the hearts of people around the world with visitors to his JustGiving website page piling on the pounds following his sponsored ride for the charity Unicef in Fulham, south London, yesterday.

Charlie launched his efforts with a simple message: “My name is Charlie Simpson, I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives. I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti.”

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Эта удивительно добрая книга не делает ошеломляющих заявлений. Автор просто предполагает, что маленькие дети обладают способностью научиться чему угодно. Он считает, что то, что они усваивают без каких-либо усилий в 2, 3 или 4 года, в дальнейшем дается им с трудом или вообще не дается. По его мнению, то, что взрослые осваивают с трудом, дети выучивают играючи. То, что взрослые усваивают со скоростью улитки, детям дается почти мгновенно. Он говорит, что взрослые иногда ленятся учиться тогда как дети готовы учиться всегда. И утверждает он это ненавязчиво и тактично. Его книга проста, прямолинейна и кристально ясна.

По мнению автора, одним из самых сложных занятий для человека является изучение иностранных языков, обучение чтению и игре на скрипке или фортепьяно. Такими навыками взрослые овладевают с трудом, а для детей – это почти неосознанное усилие.

Масару Ибука предлагает изменить не содержание, а способ обучения ребенка.

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Two teeens, a Mulsim from New Jersey and a Christian from near Boston learn about each other in the post 9/11 world. Learn about Islam, Muslims and the month of Ramadan.

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The UMMA Community Clinic is the first free standing Muslim Free Clinic in America. The mission is to promote the well-being of the underserved by providing access to high quality healthcare for all regardless of ability to pay.

Background

The University Muslim Medical Association was started in 1990 by UCLA graduate and medical students in collaboration with Charles R. Drew University. From the start, the goal of the organization was to establish a free clinic in medically underserved South Central Los Angeles. With the administrative and logistical support of UCLA, Drew School of Medicine and L.A. City Councilperson, Rita Walters, the UMMA secured $1,383,000 in grants to make its vision into a reality.

The clinic, which has been operational since 1996, was established by the UMMA as a vehicle for the Muslim community, as well as people from all backgrounds, to provide community service to the public at large. The organization, which has achieved federal non-profit tax exempt status, works in tandem with a multitude of institutions and organizations to achieve its noble goals.

Ninety-percent of the UMMA Community Clinic’s patients are from a three mile radius around the clinic. The clinic sees an average of 170 patients weekly and has a patient population of nearly 15,000 individuals who have logged about 21,000 visits.

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Nasfim Haque is a film-maker at the BBC, conceiving program ideas and working as a producer/director. A Cambridge graduate, she joined the BBC in 2003, and her film projects have included “A Muslim in Wales: Qu’ran and Country” – she herself is Cardiff-born and of Bengali heritage.

In 2006 she won a BBC competition for first-time directors for her film “Don’t panic, I’m Islamic”, on attitudes towards Muslims in Britain. Nasfim notes that “as a Muslim myself, I feel Islam has recently been saddled with an image problem, quite unfairly in my opinion, so I wanted to twist this around to ask the real questions about religion in secular society.”

 

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This story touched me… I hope that it has an effect on you too…

“My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students & teachers to support the family. There was this one day during elementary school and my mom came. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out.

The next day at school: “Your mom only has one eye?!?!”…eeeee said a friend. I wished my mom would just disappear from this world. So I said to my mom, “Mom… Why don’t you have the other eye?! If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?!!!”

My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I’d wanted to say all this time. Maybe it was because my mom hadn’t punished me, but I didn’t think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night, I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful.

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