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February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

My teenager son has participated in the summer camp organized by Albustan. Through this experience, I had a taste of the high quality cultural activity that this camp offers which include learning about middle eastern culture taught by highly qualified and dedicated instructors. This summer program included exposure to Arabic language, middle eastern art music, and historical icons. I am also very impressed with the many of the cultural events sponsored by Albustan that I have attended

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in its great achievement in promoting middle eastern culture to school children and adults

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is the art program with its great music performances combined with intellectually engaging cultural activities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers that I met were truly outstanding and highly committed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

My children participated in summer camp and attended weekend arts and music education programs for several years. I found Al-Bustan by searching on the internet for camps that teach about Arab culture and language in an interesting and fun way, and I was hooked from the start. The teachers and staff have always been first-rate professional artists and educators, and the quality of the art and music created is exceptional. There is no other organization like this in the U.S.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

nurturing artistic and creative talents in my children that I didn't know they had. Al-Bustan's programs help to create a bridge of understanding between Arab-Americans and other Americans that is sorely needed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy that youth and adults alike experience when participating in Al-Bustan's programs. Music and art transcend cultural, socioeconomic and language barriers and bring people together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about providing a first-rate experience to participants in the organization's programs. The quality of the summer camp surpasses anything I've seen in the other summer camps my children have attended over the years.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the amount and breadth of its programming, replicate its model in other cities, and support Arab-American and Arab teaching artists by providing them with greater opportunities for sharing their talents.

Ways to make it better...

we had more space, more funding, and more staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of secure, long-term funding that would allow the organization to hire more staff and obtain its own office space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Al-Bustan consistently receives high praise from institutional funders for the quality of its organizational functioning and development.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I have run a camp for adults with disabilities for the past 20 years, by chance I found Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Summer Camp while checking our listing in a local camp directory. It has been a love relationship since! Both my children have been involved with the camp - as a camper, a volunteer, and a paid counselor. My son has participated in the weekend programs - language, music, drama, and poetry. I now volunteer on the Board of Directors. The connection my children have with their father's heritage has been invaluable - particularly since his passing. I know I really need this type of support to facilitate their joy and celebration of being Egyptian. I will be forever indebted to Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture for the gifts of positive Arab role models, nurturing of self-esteem, and honoring of differences loving provided to our family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the pride my son shows when he says, "I am Egyptian."

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the bridge to arab culture and heritage.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide this brilliance to many more families and communities, developing exceptionally emotionally intelligent children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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