Afghan Students

August 5, 2011

The Students, The Afghan Canadian Community Centre, Kandahar, Afghanistan, c/o PO Box 4791, Stn. E, Ottawa, ON., K1S 5B1.

Dear students:

It is our very great pleasure to present you with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.

The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.

Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.

Specifically, we wish to acknowledge the commitment to Afghanistan’s future that you make by choosing to study at the Afghan Canadian Community Centre. For the female students, the cultural barriers and personal risks you face in attending are significant. By overcoming them to complete your education and moving into paid work, you not only benefit yourselves, you increase the peace, prosperity and security of your region and the world.

We encourage you to continue your studies and to use your skills to help build even more educational opportunity for women in Afghanistan in the next generation.

The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.

All the information, including a copy of this letter, may be viewed online at www.theblossomproject.org. Should you chose to respond to us, you may do so directly on the website, by email at sunnymarlene@sasktel.net or by regular mail, address below. We would love to hear from you!

sincerely yours,

Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey

The Blossom Project 120 – 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 0A2