Henna-art fundraiser

August 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Outside Many Moons Trading
4461 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Rifka Bahaman will be doing henna outside Many Moons Trading in The Junction, on hands and feet, Sunday 10 am-2 pm, $10.00 per hand/feet. Here’s why, in her own words:

I am a child of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. I was born poor, and what little I had was taken away by the Tsunami – family, friends, and my home. I was 9 years old. I remember standing at a mosque where they had the body of my father. I was holding my little sister’s hand, worried how to explain this. Many people helped us rebuild, and I learned disaster can bring opportunities through the kindness of others. When I was 17, I had the good fortune to come to America for education. I completed high school and received a degree from South Seattle College. My visa expires in December, and I have no choice but to return to the poor village where I was born. On top of this, the Sri Lankan government is taking away my home to expand the Chinese harbor. I feel like I am going back to where I started and wasting my good fortune. To continue progressing, I need to buy a house in Colombo where I can get a job, support my family and have a chance to pursue my dream. My dream is to use my experience from being in America to help my country progress.

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