Greeting cards produced in the workshop during a six-month period last year generated about $500. A portion of this went directly to the handicapped to give them a sense of accomplishment, and the remainder has gone toward educational costs. The handicaps are profound, however, and the money generated by the workshop certainly cannot answer financial needs. The value of the workshop is the sense of self-esteem it generates.
Luck has smiled upon us, wrote Francoise Lagand, the director of the community, describing the new mens residence. We hope, in the near future, to receive two more people; a little 12 year-old girl who can neither speak nor walk. Her eyes sparkle with life as she waits in the hospital. The other woman will be a companion for Siham, able to talk and share with her. Her Christmas wish was that this little Arche will be a glimmer of hope, of love and of peace for all who come to warm themselves here.
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Thomas McHugh is editor of Catholic Near East magazine and the publications coordinator of the Association.
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