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Interact Club sponsors fundraiser for Syrian refugees

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Senior Monica Lomeli, right, is president of Interact Club, and she attended a luncheon with a Rotary Club officer and other officers of Interact, Kelly Meade, left, and Megan Lwe, center. Photographs by Mrs. Stacey Meade

Senior Monica Lomeli, right, is president of Interact Club, and she attended a luncheon with a Rotary Club officer and other officers of Interact, Kelly Meade, left, and Megan Lwe, center. Photographs by Mrs. Stacey Meade

Senior Monica Lomeli, right, is president of Interact Club, and she attended a luncheon with a Rotary Club officer and other officers of Interact, Kelly Meade, left, and Megan Lwe, center. Photographs by Mrs. Stacey Meade

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Leadership from the Interact Club attended a Covina Rotary luncheon at the South Hills Country Club to present Project Turning Point, their chosen international project. Kelly Meade, senior and the International Understanding Coordinator for Interact, asked the members of the Rotary Club to match the funds that they will receive from the fundraiser at The Habit. The club agreed and collected $437 at the luncheon to support the project.

The Habit on Lone Hill in San Dimas will donate 20 percent of the money collected for food orders purchased with a flyer on Monday, Dec. 4, from 3:00-10:00 p.m. Fliers will be posted around school and distributed to classrooms. A picture of the flyer will also be honored.

Turning Point Project, a non-profit organization, provides Syrian children refugees with books, school supplies, teachers and counseling. Megan Lwe, junior and vice president of Interact, said, “I really like the idea that the project will provide psychological counseling for children displaced by the war.”

The Syrian conflict has been going on for years. In 2000, Bashar al-Assad was elected president of Syria when his father Hafez al-Assad died. His father had ruled as president in a one-party state since 1971. The democratic reforms promised by President Bashar al-Assad never materialized, and the government has imprisoned human rights protesters since 2001.

Under emergency rule from 1963-2011, the citizens of Syria have not been allowed to gather in groups larger than five. Minorities and women are often discriminated against. A drought from 2006-2011, which caused wide spread crop failure, put additional stress on the country. Only those associated with the government have prospered.

Resistant forces took up arms against the government in 2011. Fighting has continued, displacing half the population of the country: 4.8 million Syrians are living in neighboring countries, while 6.6 million are displaced within the country. Infectious diseases have spread in refugee camps because of poor sanitation. Human rights violations have been committed by both the government and rebel forces, and little protection by law enforcement officers exists in Syrian communities.

The Interact effort will offer some relief to the children displaced by the war. Kelly said, “We invite anyone who wants to raise funds for a good cause to participate.”

The Covina Rotary Club sponsors COHS Interact Club, and Mrs. Jessica Marasco, chemistry teacher, is their adviser.

Megan, Monica and Kelly were pleased at the response of the Rotary Club members, who collected money for Syrian refugee children during the luncheon held at the South Hills Country Club.

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  1. Isabel Kartouch on December 7th, 2017 7:34 pm

    I think it is wonderful that Interact Club is doing this. Also, I am glad Mrs. Wilcox wrote this informative article. The Syrian conflict is a controversial issue that has been occurring for so long and it is devastating how war torn and decimated the country has become. It is important that more people are educated about the volatile conflicts and inhumanity people in the Middle East face – especially Syria.

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