Damascus, SANA-The state’s care for the orphans in Syria is increasing. This was illustrated by the First Lady’s visit to two orphan care centers in Damascus.
Mrs. Asmaa al-Assad on Thursday visited Dar al-Aman and St. Gregory Orthodox Society for the Elderly and Orphans, two orphan care centers in Damascus, touring the newly-established classes in Dar al-Aman.
Mrs. Al-Assad was briefed on the conditions of the orphans and the efforts to help them become proactive citizens.
“Caring for the orphans is an ethical and humanitarian obligation in the normal course of things. Much more so under these extraordinary circumstances,” Mrs. Al-Assad said.
Meanwhile in St. Gregory Orthodox Society, Mrs. al-Assad met the society’s children and conversed with them about their school, encouraging them to continue their studies as a means of self-fulfillment, thanking the superintendents for their diligent efforts.
She indicated that the last couple of years “witnessed more awareness and enthusiasm among citizens about the necessity of giving care to orphans,” adding that the state, private sector and civil society share a responsibility to provide necessary care for the orphans.
The miniature donkeys at the Amelia Rise Donkey farm in Australia are some of the cutest creatures on this earth. They are small, they are happy and they are fuzzy.
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Entire Communities Living on a Lake, Going to School on Stilts
Photo of the Day: May 19, 2013. An Editors’ Pick from our 2013 Photo Contest.
Photo and caption by Steve Wallace (Oceanside, CA); Photographed February 2011, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
will tell you history of La Befana in Italia but for now enjoy this delightful children’s song 🙂 … dolce notte a tutti
Photograph by Douglas Croft
This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images
This yearling cub was “fishing” with his mom at Brooks Falls, Alaska. Mostly, he was getting in her way. Suddenly he became quite agitated and ran from the water and into a tree right next to the viewing platform where we were standing. It provided the best photo op of our trip.
(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)