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Spreading Peace through Animation

Created by founder of the Funkor Child Art Center Fauzia Minallah, and produced by ANT-Hiroshima, the animated short-film “Amai and Sadako’s Prayer” won first place in the 2018 MY HERO film festival.

Telling the story of Amai, the bird of light, along with her friends Babai and Janoo as they travel the world and meet Bibi, a girl from a war-torn country. Amai tells them the story of Sadako, another innocent victim of war, teaching the three of about hope, friendship and peace.

It was received very well by attendees at the festival. A Japanese-language version is also in the works at the moment as well. Please, do take a look at “Amai and Sadako’s Prayer” below.

 

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Dancing To Pakistani Music & Reading Braille Books At National Book Day, Pakistan

To celebrate National Book Day in Pakistan, National Book Foundation organised activities at the Pak-China Friendship Center. That gave Fauzia Minallah another opportunity to introduce Amai-The Bird of Light to a young audience. (It is Amai who takes the children on a journey to Hiroshima in Fauzia’s children’s book, Sadako’s Prayer.)

Fauzia showed three of her animations and asked children to come up on stage for a Q&A session. Just as at the event she held at the Children’s Literature Festival in Islamabad, the children began to dance when she showed her animation, Amai Loves Pakistani Music.

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Fauzia presenting children with copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

 

Brialle Readings by Visually Impaired Children

Four students of Almaktoom Centre for the Visually Impaired read from read from Sadako’s Prayer and other Amai books as well as those written by the blind teacher Miss Nazmeena in Braille.

Twenty children received copies of Sadako’s Prayer and the four Almaktoon students recieved Braille Books from the National Book Foundation.

Reading Braille Books at the National book day 2014 from Funkor on Vimeo.

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Fauzia Minallah: Using Video To Promote Inter-Faith Harmony In Pakistan

We would like share this short video “Amai’s friends,” which our friend and collaborator, Fauzia Minallah, shows to children in Pakistan to promote inter-faith harmony and understanding across cultures.

“Amai” is a bird of light who spreads the message of peace to children throughout the world. Amai features in the children’s story book, Sadako’s Prayer, written by Fauzia and published in several languages by ANT-Hiroshima.

Amai’s Friends from Funkor on Vimeo.

‘Amai’s Friends’ is dedicated to all those children who face discrimination due to their ethnicity and religion. It documents the projects of Funkor Childart Center in promoting ‘Multicultural Harmony’ in Pakistan’. Funkor Childart Center is grateful to Marcus Younas, Sarwant Kumar Bheel, Akiko Wada, Saifullah from Kalash for their cooperation and Tomoko Watanabe (ANT) for providing picture books and the grant from Global Junior Challenge award that Fauzia Minallah won in Rome for ‘Amai The Bird of Light. This is a salute to Ahmad Faraz our Muslim Santa who works with children of all religions without any prejudices.
‘Moauj Bharey yaa aandhi aaye’ is sung by 12 year old Maria a student of Almaktoom Center for the Visually impaired in Islamabad

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Amai, Bird of Light And Santa Claus Visit School Children In Multan, Pakistan

ANT-Hiroshima and Funkor Child Art Centre collaborated with The Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness to help children of Achha Charwaha Centre in Gulzar Town, Multan, Pakistan celebrate Christmas. Achha Charwaha Centre is an elementary school which is run by the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Copies of Sadako’s Prayer were distributed with a message of peace and hope. Funkor Child Art Centre representative Ahmad Faraz told the story of Sadako and showed the children how to make paper cranes before distributing the books.

The Children then put on a play based on the nativity of Jesus Christ and then Santa Claus distributed gifts from Amai and SEAP Pakistan to more than 300 school children.

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Santa tells the story of Sadako’s Prayer with the help of Amai.

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The children perform a nativity scene.

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Santa Claus demonstrates how to fold a paper crane.

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