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Sadako’s Prayer

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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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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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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Sadako’s Prayer Read By Visually Impaired Children in Pakistan on National Book Day

At this year’s National Book Day in Pakistan, Funkor Child Art Centre held a book reading event for blind children from the Almaktoom Centre for Visually Impaired Children.

Funkor Child Art Centre is committed to giving equal opportunities to children with special needs. Renowned artist and children books writer and Executive Director of Funkor Child Art Center, Fauzia Minallah introduced the children to the audience.

Visually Impaired children, Maria and Najam read in Braille, from “Sadako Ki Dua“, or “Sadako’s Prayer“, written and illustrated by Fauzia Minallah and published by ANT-Hiroshima.

Special songs were also prepared by Visually Impaired children for the occasion. Here is a video of the event:

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