Last Year, Dounia Project Students in Casablanca participated to the Adobe Aspire Awards contest, and won Third place for the Audience Award with a video on the theme of Women's Rights in Morocco! This year, they tackled the theme of children with disabilities and wanted to raise awareness on ability rather than focus on disabilities. Youth participants have produced this video to show people around the world and their communities that children and young people with special needs are courageous, smart, and ambition who have dreams and hopes as all other kids their age. During several weeks, our participants were honored to interact and establish a friendly relationship with students of the Moroccan Association for the Hearing Impaired (ANPS), who have welcomed us with open heart and smiles! And have we learned a lot! Most importantly, ANPS students Kawtar, Khadija, Khalid, and Marwan showed us that a handicap isn't an obstacle to success, and that if you work hard towards your goals, nothing will stop you from reaching them, not even a difference that others consider a disability! Currently, all Dounia Project participants, volunteers, donors, friends and supporters are running a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word so this video gets as many votes as possible from the global online community to win the Audience Award. Please see the link to the Aspire Award video on Disabilities. Participants in the Bronx created a video to support and illustrate presentations scheduled in middle schools and high schools to raise awareness on Human Trafficking and convey that this global issue does not only happen in other countries but also in their own communities. They chose a narrative that teenagers can easily relate to making sure that the message comes across. Please see link for the video on Human Trafficking Prevention ironically called “What Would You Do For JB (Justin Bieber)?”Youth participants in Brooklyn started working on a mural project telling the story of their communities from their own perspective. The point of their work would be address the issue of violence without using the usual clichés but rather showing how their community can be safe and beautiful. Moreover, they started French lessons, which they are practicing while video chatting with their peers in Morocco. Unfortunately, youth participants in Rio de Janeiro could not participate in the program this year due to school administrative complications, however, school administrators and local volunteers are confident that the program will be able to start in the new academic year (March 2014).Finally, youth from Casablanca, the Bronx and Brooklyn are planning a new collaborative project: creating a Web TV For Youth and By Youth. They are currently on the preparation phase of the project.
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