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Orphans' Fair 2008
More than 500 orphans spend a memorable day at Haigazian University.

If anyone wanted to see the future of Lebanon- to experience the best of what this country can be- then that person should have been at the Orphan''s Fair organized by the Desert Streams club, on Saturday, April 26, 2008.

Hundreds of orphans and underprivileged children, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, danced, sang, ate, ran around, laughed, burst balloons, received gifts and played in the playground of the Armenian Evangelical College, adjacent to Haigazian University.

The purpose of the Desert Streams Club is to help needy children and institutions through students'' efforts.

Part of the reason for organizing the day was to make people aware of the number of orphanages in Lebanon. This is why as many orphanages as possible from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds were invited to the event, such as Mohammad Khaled Institution, The National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training, Jinishian and Trad.

The event was beneficial to both children and Haigazian students.
The kids clearly enjoyed the change of scenery and the creative games they played. The event also included a stage with a DJ, and many of the children volunteered to sing on stage.
"It''s a good opportunity for them to meet children from other orphanages, and to get out of their routine and sometimes unpleasant atmosphere of their day- to- day life; it gives them more confidence" considered Alain Keyrouz, Assistant Director of Student Life.

On another hand, these kinds of initiatives are very important for students, as the experience provides them with a balanced education, enabling them to acquire managerial skills, in terms of event organization, coordination, and follow-up.

Haigazian University President, Rev. Paul Haidostian paid a visit too, sharing the children their joy and fun. Haidostian considered that such an activity actualizes the motto of the University, Truth, Freedom, and Service.

Mira Yardemian
Director of Public Relation
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