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Equalizing Opportunities for Living, Learning

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Out of a child’s sobbing, the late Ghassan Kanafani famously wrote, “a distant homeland was being born again…in the heart of another child.” Two years after the man of letters was martyred, the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation was established to facilitate the birth of a better world in which all Palestinian children have “the right to learn, live with dignity and explore all their potentials.”

The GKCF serves over 600 children through six kindergartens, three libraries and art centers, three youth clubs, and two centers for children and youth with disabilities, to empower the latter “to participate more effectively in society“. One such preschool in Beirut’s Mar Elias Camp includes an occupational therapy workshop that creates aids for special needs children from across Lebanon. The center also publishes Ghassan Kanafani’s literary works in multiple languages and supports, through cultural events and teacher training, the development of Palestinians’ freedom of expression.

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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