This is from the Jane Jackson at ASU's Physics Modeling list, about teaching science to Afghan refugees. I thought it might interest some of you, given the times.
-ML ------ Forwarded Message From: Jane Jackson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Reply-To: Modeling - Modeling Workshop Teachers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 23:27:39 -0700 To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: education of Afghan refugees: MEPO Want to contribute to the education of Afghan refugees? This would help reduce the causes of terrorism, long-term. Contact MEPO, a charity non-profit organization in Nepal. Contributing can be done easily. I learned about MEPO from Allison Lide, a high school teacher in Nepal who uses Modeling Instruction. Allison is a volunteer in MEPO (Medical, Educational and Peace Organization). MEPO was founded by her boyfriend, Mostafa Vaziri, M.D. At Allison's suggestion, last year I contributed to MEPO, for a school for girls in an Afghan refugee camp. Last week I wrote Allison and asked, "Whatever happened to the school for girls in the Afghan refugee camp, for which I contributed? How is that progressing? Are you still active in MEPO?" Allison replied: Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 From: allison lide <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Dear Jane, so good to hear from you. Yes, I am still very much active in MEPO... Mostafa went to Pakistan in May; his intent was to go to Afghanistan. But he couldn't get a visa, so through a good man who works between Pak and Afghan, he set up 12 more home schools within Afghan. He also set up more with the school in the refugee camp, as well as assisting other schools in that area. He also set up two mother-child health care centers within Afghan, as well as two weaving and sewing vocational trainings for women inside the country. I think it would be great to post his letter on the listserve. Thank you for that idea! Will you do it? Also, regarding a contact, emailing to the MEPO address is the best place to start: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Carol in Ohio is still a great contact as well, but she is sometimes out of town. Mostafa checks the MEPO email regularly. ------------------------------------ Here are excerpts from a letter last week from Mostafa Vaziri of MEPO : Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 From: "medical, educational and peace organization MEPO" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> ... " To cultivate peace takes more than just talking about it. If, for example, in this crucial, bitter and angry period, the US officials and a selected number of American people, particularly the families of the victims, could put a team together to go to Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, or for that matter other poor African and Asian countries, to distribute medicine, food and tents, the tears of the victims in those countries (namely those of Muslim people) will be shed to an extent that the American team may be flooded up to their knees in tears of joy. In this way we have their hearts instead of winning their dead bodies. And the likelihood of terrorism is drastically reduced and most likely will disappear, as a result of people reaching out to people. This behavior of benevolence is unprecedented in the history of any violent actions. ..." Mostafa Vaziri, MD, PhD Kathmandu, Nepal September 17, 2001 *If you are interested in trying to distribute food, medicine and tents, please contact us. Let's work together to find a way to make the ideas of peace a reality. Mostafa Vaziri, M.D. is a volunteer medical doctor with MEPO (Medical, Educational, and Peace Organization). MEPO is a charity non-profit organization in Nepal, working both in Nepal and Afghanistan to serve the needs of the poor and to help bring peace and healing to the world. Website: <http://mepoonline.org> ------------------------------------------- Allison Lide described her work in MEPO 1 1/2 years ago, when she was a Peace Corp volunteer in charge of teacher training in Nepal. She wrote: "I have been involved in a different kind of work, w/my boyfriend the doctor. We do health camps, traveling to remote, underserved areas and take medicines and see patients in the villages. It has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed it very much. ... These health camps we do are usually held at schools, and it's a really good situation b/c I am able to get a feel for the teachers and kids and community and have been able to give microscopes and equipment to some of the schools ..." Here's a description of Afghan refugee camps by Mostafa, which I copied from <http://mepoonline.org>: "In and around the city of Peshawar, Pakistan (near the Afghanistan border) there are about 20 Afghan refugee camps ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 settlers in each camp. The settlers of the camps vary in their social categories from teachers to army officers to farmers to tribesmen to intellectuals ... The misery of these refugee camps goes one step further by having few, if any schools or health centers. The lack of adequate schools in those camps in the last 20 years has hurt the growing generation of today, especially the girls. Lack of proper sanitation sewage system, clean water and hygiene, have made the residents vulnerable to most types of infectious diseases. ... To alleviate human sufferings in Afghanistan and in refugee camps requires not only combatting problems on the food, medical and educational fronts, but also to have a deeper understanding of their profound psychological sufferings. These deteriorating factors in Afghan society have put this desperate population on the top of the agenda of our conscience ..." Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program Box 871504, Dept.of Physics & Astronomy,ASU,Tempe,AZ 85287 480-965-8438/fax:965-7331 <http://modeling.asu.edu> ------ End of Forwarded Message -- This is the CPS Science Teacher List. 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