Juggle a Bit and Help an Iraqi Clown

Not all news is bad news.  Here’s a letter and a link from a friend that may cheer you and let you cheer others as well.

Dear Friends,

This is the most fun announcement I have ever sent you. This is an opportunity to help a talented, hardworking Iraqi refugee who has gone through desperate times and now has an opportunity to make others happy.

Rahman Al Kaabi  had to flee Iraq and finally landed in Damascus. He volunteered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) performing in refugee camps for children until he was discovered by an American couple who sponsored him to come to the US with the Iraqi Student Project. He landed in Monterey County where he has been in school since 2009.

Rahman Al Kaabi working the crowd

He has now has been accepted to the Clown Conservatory at Circus Center of San Francisco!

This is his opportunity to become a professional clown and be able to work with organizations like Big Apple Circus, Clown Care, Cirque du Soleil, and ClownZero Therapeutic Clowning Unit. He is totally self-taught so getting professional training is essential to his future as a working clown.

Check out the full letter below the fold and see if you can help a clown….

Help Us Help Rahman

Dear Friends,

This is the most fun announcement I have ever sent you. This is an opportunity to help a talented, hardworking Iraqi refugee who has gone through desperate times and now has an opportunity to make others happy.

If you came to our Joan Baez benefit concert in April you saw Rahman Al Kaabi perform as a mime and clown. He told you his story of how he had to flee Iraq and finally landed in Damascus. He volunteered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) performing in refugee camps for children until he was discovered by an American couple who sponsored him to come to the US with the Iraqi Student Project. He landed in Monterey County where he has been in school since 2009.

*Visit this link to see Rahman tell his story at the Joan Baez concert: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dlPyYfpl5M

Rahman has been accepted to the Clown Conservatory at Circus Center of

San Francisco!

This is his opportunity to become a professional clown and be able to work with organizations like Big Apple Circus, Clown Care, Cirque du Soleil, and ClownZero Therapeutic Clowning Unit. He is totally self-taught so getting professional training is essential to his future as a working clown.

*Watch his audition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=declYyVLamc&feature=plcp

Clowning and the mime tradition are making a big come back and professional clowns are in demand and actually get paid to make people happier!

The Alalusi Foundation, the philanthropic organization that we have worked with so many times is sponsoring the fundraising for Rahman. $3200. Is tuition for his first  “clown intensive” and will get him into school by September 30, 2012. He needs $15,000 for tuition and room and board for one year. Every donation no matter how small will help him.

Thank you for all you can give to help Rahman,

Ruth

ONLINE PAYMENTS: http://www.alalusifoundation.org/#!home/mainPage

And hit the “Donate Now” button.  On the subject line of your donation note “Rahman/Clown Fund”

OR MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
THE ALALUSI FOUNDATION
RAHMAN/CLOWN FUND

MAIL CHECKS TO:
The Alalusi Foundation
1975 National Ave
Hayward, CA  944545

Donations are TAX DEDUCTABLE!!

CONTACT:  ruthefriend@gmail.com for more information

One Response to Juggle a Bit and Help an Iraqi Clown

  1. Ruth Friend says:

    Thanks for posting this. Not often we can help someone who has gone through so much, and
    now wants to make others happy. I love his story. Hope others will donate to his education at
    Circus Center in San Francisco.

    Ruth

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