JULY 2017

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Rabir is a 26-year-old Syrian refugee who escaped ISIS and is now in the U.S. He never had access to money or good healthcare but now will have his first powered wheelchair. His chair was modified by the same man who modified Danny Kassab’s wheelchair, which the D-MAN Charity was named. Rabir has been wheel-chair bound since he was 15-years-old due to an unknown infection.  You can learn more about his story and help with his medical costs by going to https://www.gofundme.com/powerwheelchair-disabled-refugee


The Return of Christina

After nearly three years of being separated from her family, little Christina has returned. She was abducted August of 2014 from the arms of her parents in Baghdeda Qaraqosh.

ISIS abducted the then 3-year-old — Christina Khdeir — from the arms of her parents. Daash had ordered everyone to leave the city, because it has become the property of the Islamic State and anyone unwilling to convert to Islam was stripped of all their money, gold and private papers, including personal identities. 

At the time of the kidnapping, Christina was in her mother’s arms. Christina’s mother begged to be with her aughter, but was ordered by the gunmen to leave the city or face death. 


Touch a Truck for Charity

St. Jude Iraq will be hosting the event Touch-A-Truck at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church on August 26th from 12 pm to 6 pm. This event will showcase a variety of vehicles that are not typically seen on a day-to-day basis, including firetrucks, police cars, and construction vehicles. Children will be given the chance to sit in and explore these vehicles. There is a $5 admission fee and all proceeds will benefit St. Jude Iraq.


Free Legal Aid Clinic

The Legal Aid and Defender Association Outreach Clinic is a FREE legal aid clinic for low income individuals, held at the Oakland County Law Library. The Chaldean/Arabic speaking attorney can advise individuals on their rights, court procedures, forms and in some cases, may even represent them in court.  The attorney will answer any questions you may have.  The clinics are available to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. The attorney will be available the 1st clinic date of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 2, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6.

The Law Library is located at 1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341…Bldg. 14 East, West Wing Extension of the Courthouse, 2nd floor.

Please call the Law Library with any questions regarding location or times @248-858-0012


Chaldean Class Completed

Students at St. Fabian Catholic School in Farmington Hills completed the Learning Aramaic Class, which was a pilot program. It’s a new Aramaic language class through an after-school program launched by the Chaldean Curriculum Project Team.  The students received their certificates for completing the course at the end of the school year.


46th Annual Arab and Chaldean Festival

The Arab and Chaldean Festival will take place at Hart Plaza, located in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, on July 29th and 30th, 2017.

The Arab World Festival was established as a non–profit community organization in 1972 and is now known as the Arab & Chaldean Festival.

It is the largest Arab Chaldean American cultural event in North America. This year, we will be celebrating our 46th Anniversary in the city of Detroit. Each year, thousands of people from all ages attend the festival during the two-day event activities. The festival features a variety of ethnic food, cultural gallery exhibits, and an impressive Middle Eastern live performance which will include star singers Hussam Al-Rassam, Ahmad Hatoum, and Omar Jarbo. We will also have folklore dance troupes, and a fashion show scheduled on Sunday, July 30th, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. www.arabandchaldeanfestival.com


Scholarships for College

Several Chaldeans won college scholarships worth $1,500 each through the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers Foundation (AFPD) this past June at the annual Luncheon held at the Detroit Athletic Club. The winners this year include: Anthony Acho, a sophomore at Ferris State University studying HVACR engineering.  Spencer Haisha is a freshman at Wayne State University Honors College with a full-ride scholarship to join the WSU Forensics Team. Zena Kashat is a sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in kinesiology with a minor in Arabic. Maryam Ibrahim is a junior at Wayne State University studying Computer Science.  Alex Yaldoo is a junior at the University of Michigan College of Engineering studying computer science. Jason Kathawa is a freshman at the University of Michigan where he is enrolled in the Ross School of Business.  Collin Konja is a senior at Wayne State University studying finance. Justin Nafso is a senior at Rochester College where he will complete his major in Biology and minor in Psychology.  Brian Yousif-Dickow is a senior at Wayne State University. He is in the Honors College and is studying electrical engineering. Sisters Michaela and Alexandria Kizy both won scholarships. Michaela is a freshman at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College.  Alexandria is a junior at University of Michigan studying Cognitive Science. Brother and sister Cathreen and Martin Sallan won scholarships. Cathreen is a freshman at Walsh College. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Accounting in September 2018. Martin is a Junior at Walsh College studying Business and Accounting.  Anyone is interested in sponsoring a graduate or scholarship go to www.afpdonline.org.