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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 Presents Amai Animation at Children’s Literature Festival, Islamabad

Since 2011 in Pakistan, Children’s Literature Festivals have been held as a response to low levels of literacy and an educational culture that inhibits the development of creativity and literacy.

There are two key aims, which are firstly to give children an opportunity to explore the written word, and secondly to give children an opportunity to explore and develop their own creativity. This is done by bringing together children’s authors, artists, TV celebrities, journalists who engage directly with children to encourage, inspire and motivate them.

Wherever a Children’s Literature Festival has been held the response has always been very enthusiastic, even in those areas of Pakistan where security and law and order remain under threat.

At the most recent Children’s Literature Festival, held in Islamabad in the middle of May, ANT-Hiroshima’s friend and collaborator, Fauzia Minallah – founder of the Funkor Child Art Center – showed her animation Amai Loves the Music of Pakistan.

Fauzia reports that the video was well received by the children, who began to dance to the music. The video featured songs in Pashto, Punjabi , Sindhi, Balochi and Urdu, sung by the students of Almaktoom Center for the visually Impaired.

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The children begin to dance as Fauzia’ s Amai anima plays.

 

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Fauzia claps along to the dancing!

The children were presented with copies of Sadako’s Prayer, written and illustrated by Fauzia Minallah and published by ANT-Hiroshima. 🙂

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Fauzia presenting children with copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

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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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Santa Claus Brings Sadako’s Prayer To St Dominic School, Lahore, Pakistan

This month ANT-Hiroshima has been working with Fauzia Minallah of the Funkor Child Art Centre in Islamabad, Pakistan, and  Hector Nihal, Director of AAS Pakistan in a project to distribute Sadako’s Prayer books and a message of peace and hope for Christmas 2013 to marginalized children in Christian communities in Lahore and Multan, Pakistan.

In the Christmas Program with the children of St Dominic School in Lahore, Santa Claus taught the children how to make paper cranes, and then distributed 100 copies of Sadako’s Prayer to them. The Children read the story of Sadako and then performed some skits based on stories from the Christmas nativity story.

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Santa Claus teaches St Dominic School pupils how to make a paper crane.

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St Dominic School children perform Christmas skits.

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Santa with Amai, the bird of light, and St Dominic School children.

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Fauzia Minallah distributing copies of Sadako’s Prayer to the children of St Dominic School.

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