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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Exchange student creates blankets for Mercy Hospital

  • Maham Ejaz made 25 fleece blankets to donate to the Mercy Hospital Foundation as a service project.


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  • Maham Ejaz made 25 fleece blankets to donate to the Mercy Hospital Foundation as a service project.
    She said her hope was to give 100 hours of community service to the area and receive a signed certificate from President Obama. The idea of making a contribution that would help area children was especially appealing.
    Maham Ejaz came to the USA last August from Pakistan to begin her AFS exchange year with Roxanne and Ray Hawley.
    She is a part of The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, which is an innovative high school exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
    This public diplomacy initiative builds bridges of international understanding, especially between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.
    The YES Program evolved out of a generalized recognition that public diplomacy efforts had been neglected in many countries around the world for many years and that the effects of this came into stark focus in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001.
    Exchange programs help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing homes and daily life. Maham has been an ambassador for her country. Maham’s hope was to remove the stereotypes associated with Pakistan. Through her presentations and interactions with others, she has hopefully made more people see another side of her country and its people.
     
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