One Woman, Two Countries, A Tolerance Mission

Rarely we reveal Americans who have been granted another citizenships by marriage which have prefered on their particular-will. Karen Leggett is surely an American citizen by birth having a naturalized Egyptian citizenship by 2001 and both her children carry dual citizenships too. She devoted to raising both children as Muslims while Karen embraces and adheres to Protestant Christian practices. Karen and her husband because of their children observe fasting during Ramadan and celebrations of Islamic and Christian holidays. A living story of tolerance between Christians and Muslims through idea of Allahʼs* (the creator) messages. Graduate of Brown University using a BA in International Relationship including History and Political Science. In Egypt In November 2014, Karen and her husband traveled to Egypt, carrying two suitcases of donated books to your Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Karen shared an exhibit and activities in connection with Hands Around the Library to children within the Manshiet Nasser neighborhood of Cairo during an after school program operated from the Egyptian Nebny Foundation. Each child received a duplicate of the book in Arabic (translated and published because of the BA). Karen coordinated with Lamia Abdel Fattah, Head with the Library Sector, a two-day conference on literacy and informal education, for the BA October 12 – 13, 2015. More than 650 people attended from Egyptian NGOs, educators, librarians among others, shared projects and collaborated on possible ways to improve the educational outlook for poor children in Egypt. Karen is really a life-long journalist and writer – for radio, newspapers, magazines and from now on childrenʼs books. Her first childrenʼs book – the award-winning Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egyptʼs Treasured Books – was published in 2012 in English and Arabic. It is the story of protesters who held hands about the library in Alexandria, Egypt, to defend it from vandals throwing rocks throughout the 2011 revolution. A new edition of Karenʼs picture book biography, Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words, will likely be published at the beginning of 2019. Karen is definitely an active advocate for including those with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, in most of society. Karen is surely an active board person in Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee and Co-Chair of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Chapter. In this capacity, Karen is leading and facilitating online discussions between sixth graders in Egypt plus the U.S.A.

The Baltimore Luxor Alexandria (Egypt) Sister City Committee (baltimoreegypt.org) is facilitating online exchanges between children in Alexandria, Egypt, as well as the United States (Baltimore and Arlington). Sometimes the youngsters have live conversations via Skype or Google Hangout. This fundraising can help provide tech support – good quality microphones and speakers – and can also enable us to utilize the secure Narrative Atlas platform given by another nonprofit organization, MapWorks Learning (mapworkslearning.org). Students will likely be able to share artwork, essays and videos, create videos together and map their particular communities. Eventually, they will often work together to understand about and address some with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (undp.org) “The highest response to education is tolerance.”

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