photo by York Wilson Photography

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

 

Niger Relief Workshop

The cause:

Millions of West Africans in the Sahel region in countries including Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso need our food aid now. Nomadic cultures such as the Tuareg may face the end of their way of life due to widespread drought and crop failure if they do not recieve help. Only 52% of the funding estimated necessary for a complete relief effort has currently been recieved by aid organizations. Bellydancers from all over the US are rallying together to help bridge the gap. By attending our workshop, you will be helping us to sustain these amazing cultures to which we owe so much of our dance heritage.



The event:

Sara will be teaching an upbeat, fun original "tribaret" choreography to a song by the universally appealing Natacha Atlas. Expect a tribal format with just a little cabaret drama. Basic moves will not be reviewed. Advanced beginners, intermediate students and professionals are all welcome to participate.

For a registration form, please contact Sara at skbeaman@hotmail.com.



The minimum donation postmarked before 11/10 is $30; after 11/10 and at the door, $35. ALL PROFITS will be donated to TurtleWill, (www.turtlewill.org) a small, nonprofit organization "dedicated to the improvement of the lives of traditional peoples in Ethiopia, Mali, and Niger in a manner that is consistent with their traditions and cultures, through locally driven projects that maintain choice".

If you cannot attend the workshop but would like to help with a monetary donation, please contact skbeaman@hotmail.com or donate directly to any of the following charities:

www.turtlewill.org

www.oxfam.com

www.dontletmypeopledie.org

www.africare.com

www.nomadgal.com


NOTE: The final amount we raised for TurtleWill was just under $500. Thanks a ton to everyone who participated! -Sara

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