CYRIC is delighted to be taking part, once again, in #GivingTuesday through MightyCause (formerly Razoo) this November. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consider putting your good fortune to a good cause on Giving Tuesday.
We are on track, it looks like, to have a completed Haawiyat edition by year’s end, and it’s looking sensational! As our translators work at honing the Arabic before the work goes to lettering, layout, and print, we wanted to share a sampling of some of the art that has been coming in:
WHAT: The MA-based nonprofit CYRIC will host a Family Art Fundraiser where youths create free children’s art on the theme of “family togetherness” and “family unity.” CYRIC will then be auctioning that art on eBay for Charity later in the week with 100% of the proceeds being donated to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Supplies provided by Arlington’s ArtBeat and ArtLounge.
WHO: Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective (CYRIC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to produce and deliver free comic books for refugee children, based on the folklore from their own homes. The Family Art Fundraiser expands their mission to include fundraising for affiliated nonprofit’s efforts concerning migrant children in the U.S.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights promotes the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.
CYRIC President A. David Lewis had the opportunity this Summer to talk with Robin Young, host of WBUR’s “Here and Now” program, about Islam in comics generally and the specific mission of our non-profit organization.
The stories in the comic were created in conjunction with mental health professionals and onsite experts, according to CYRIC. “Haawiyat consists of timeless Syrian folklore adapted into comics form and cultivated for its potential healing content,” said Project Leader A. David Lewis. “These tales, in standard Arabic for readers ages 6-12 or with supervision, are intended to deliver some measure of solace or narrative stability in their current situations.”