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AANF to spend over $35,000 on Cultural & Educational Projects
by Zinda: New Britain
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 07:44 pm CST


NEW BRITIAN, Connecticut (ZINDA) - On December 6 the delegates of various Assyrian organizations and officers of the Assyrian American National Federation gathered in New Britain, Connecticut, U.S. for their quarterly National Executive Committee Meeting. The preliminary reports indicate that several thousands of dollars in rebates collected from the 1997 National Convention in Detroit, Michigan will be spent on educational and cultural efforts in the U.S., Northern Iraq, and Iran. The AANF allocates a portion of the proceeds received from the Convention parties and hotel room rebates to its Assyrian Needy Fund.

The funds are to be distributed as follow:

  • $ 10,000.00 Twenty Two Assyrian Schools in Northern Iraq
  • $ 10,000.00 Assyrian Students in Baghdad
  • $ 5,000.00 Assyrian Students in Tehran's Mart Maryam School (formerly Madrashta d'Shooshan)
  • $ 5,000.00 Assyrian Ladies in Northern Iraq, Towards the Purchase of Sewing Machines & Equipment
  • $ 3,000.00 Assyrian Academic Society in Chicago: Assyrian Dictionary Project
  • $ 1,700.00 The late "Biba" Edward Yousif's Tombstone, Assyrian vocalist
  • $ 1,000.00 The Monument for the Assyrian American Veterans in Chicago

In other news ZENDA has learned that Mr. Ramin Odisho, president of the Assyrian United Organizations of California, was appointed as the Regional Director of AANF's Western Region. A well-debated issue at this meeting was the selection of next year's Annual Convention- a tie between Connecticut and New York. A decision will be made within the next couple of weeks.



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