A fun event for all our "Green" fashionistas!
Let's go out and support this wonderful event which has been organized for a GREAT cause!
 
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If anyone knows of any efforts or collections that can be done to help the people of Japan as far as clothing donations are concerned (locally), please let us know. We have just cleaned out our personal closets and we have lots of clothing we would be more than happy to donate to those in need.

-The Manhattan Team
 
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Toy maker Mattel has captured Janet Jackson’s fabulousness with the “Divinely Janet” Barbie doll, a doll created to help benefit Project Angel Food, a charity that works with those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This one-of-a-kind doll wears the glamorous gown and catsuit the real Janet wore on “American Idol.” The doll’s gown is studded with bling and features hand-placed Swarovski crystals. Even the tiny microphone mini-Janet is holding is studded in crystals! The Barbie even has Janet’s new cropped fly hairstyle & beautiful features! Want to take home this little gem? Well, it’s going to cost you. The current bid for this beautiful doll stands at $1,050. You only have a couple of more days to save up and shop. And remember…it’s for a good cause!

 
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The-Manhattan.Net supports you!
Click HERE to watch their OUTSTANDING bid presentation!
Watch the final announcement today around 6PM (Kuwait time) on FIFA.com!
 
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We found out about these horrible & disturbing news via the AFL's FB page. If there is any way you can help, please contact PAWS or the AFL. Links to their sites are to the bottom right of our blog. This matter is extremely time-sensitive, and it can affect the lives of hundreds of innocent animals. Please feel free to re-post and help spread the word about this unfortunate situation. Remember, these loving animals depend on US for survival. Thank you!

2010 has been an exceptionally difficult year for the animal welfare community in Kuwait. In March, K’S PATH experienced a deadly fire that took the lives of 42 animals and destroyed the majority of our shelter complex.  43 dogs had to be evacuated by air to the United States and an additional 20 dogs were placed into foster care due to a lack of temporary shelter space.  35 cats had to be placed in foster care as well.  At the same time, the temperature soared and our wild and farm animal population continued to grow and receive care.  In October, at long last, construction was completed and K’S PATH again began to accept animals.

Meanwhile, the other animal welfare organization in Kuwait, the Protecting Animal Welfare Society or PAWS, was facing problems of its own.  In early 2009, PAWS received notice that they would be forced out of their facility by the end of 2010.  In November of this year they vacated their space in Old Wafra and moved to a new space near Kebd.

On the 28th of November 2010, K’S PATH management was informed that PAWS would likely be evicted from their new space by interior ministry police forces responding to noise complaints.  It was initially reported to K'S PATH that PAWS received notice on or around the 22nd of November that the nearly 80 dogs being housed outdoors in temporary caging were causing an unacceptable noise level and that police forces would respond by the 29th of November to “shoot the dogs.”  History has shown us that police forces responding to noise complaints involving dogs frequently use the threat of lethal support to effect a rapid change.  The most common method of actually dealing with the problem is to release the animals onto the streets so that they are no longer confined.  Obviously the likelihood of that many pet animals surviving on the streets is nonexistent in Kuwait.


 
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For those who don't know, Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. As well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease, BCAM is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection. 



 
We received these heartbreaking news from the PAWS Kuwait team. If there is any way you can help, please contact them. Their matter is extremely time-sensitive, and it can affect the lives of hundreds of innocent animals. Every KWD counts. Please feel free to re-post and help spread the word about this unfortunate situation. Remember, these loving animals depend on US for survival. Thank you!
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PAWS is the oldest animal rescue centre in Kuwait. Started in 2004 by a group of willing volunteers it has grown over the years and has in its 5 years rescued thousands of animals from the streets of Kuwait. PAWS is now facing its biggest crisis since it opened its doors to the sick, homeless and injured animals of Kuwait in 2005. Come this November we have been ordered to vacate the property we have as our shelter in Wafra and as yet we and our hundred plus animals have no new shelter to go to.

A piece of land has kindly been donated by Sheik Nawaf Al Sabah but having plans drawn up and a shelter approved is just the first step, we simply do not have enough money to build the new shelter. PAWS has been reliant upon generous donations from the public and the huge efforts we put in each year to raise the funds needed to operate the shelter. We hold several large fundraising events each year including the Puppy Ball and the Dog Show in the British Embassy Gardens. This year as always the monies raised have quickly ben swallowed up by veterinary bills, food deliveries and operating costs. It has been a real struggle for most of this year being the only shelter with its doors open to homeless and injured animals to just keep going. We have been overflowing for most of this year. Staff and volunteers alike have been pushed to the limits. Being overcrowded has also eaten into whatever money we had set aside to begin building our new shelter and we find ourselves with weeks to go before eviction with not even the foundations laid.

We have been forced to set ourselves a target in the interim of housing whatever animals we can in makeshift porta-cabin accommodation on the new site until such time as we have enough money to start building. This is by no means ideal but we have been left with very few alternatives. For the past month PAWS has been unable to take in anything except the absolute emergencies, 2 cases of animals being shot, a dog injured in a road traffic accident and a beautiful black labrador, bound and gagged and tied to the floor and left to die in the heat.

This is where PAWS now desperately needs help from YOU, the public of Kuwait. Our animals have no voice and are unable to get up and help so we have to do it for them. We appeal to anyone who is an animal lover to help in any way they can. It is not only the 120 animals currently in our care we are worried about but all those desperate animals out there we are currently unable to help. We need to get fully operational again as soon as possible

First and foremost we are in desperate need of Porta cabins to house our animals in the short term. These could be second- hand as long as they are in a reasonable condition. We also really need working air-conditioning units, lots of metal for building cages and pens and tiles for the floor. If any individual or company is prepared to help with any of the items we need we will be so very grateful.

When the time comes to move we need lots of help to move animals from one site to another several kms away, make the cabins safe, paint, or help in any way possible to clean up the site, or just babysit and walk the animals whilst those who can do DIY get stuck in. If you are in a position to volunteer than we would be delighted to hear from you.

But right now the most important thing we need is money-- and lots of it. PAWS staff and volunteers have dedicated years to looking out for the animals of Kuwait and we do not want to stop now. We have helped thousands of animal lovers when they had no-where else to turn and now it is our turn to ask for help. Our vision is within our grasp if we can just find enough money to start the building project and make a safe home for our helpless animals then PAWS could be around in Kuwait for years to come. Every donation no matter how small will help us reach our target.

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If you are in a position to help in any way, donate equipment, time or volunteer in any way then please contact Jan at pawsq8@yahoo.com. If you wish to make a donation or money transfer then please use this account. Every KD will go to help build a new shelter.

ABK (Ahlia) bank of Kuwait.
Ahmadi Branch
Name. Finley McLusky
Address:
Mustafa Karam Co
Block 15
Ground Floor No 1
P O Box 1387
Safat 13014
Account no 0614772365100
Swift code: ABKKKWKW

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for helping the Animals of Kuwait

-The PAWS Team

 
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To counter plans by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran, a local peace activist is organizing a silent protest which calls for people to "Wear a Hijab or Kufi" to show tolerance for those of the Muslim faith. Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition member Charell W. Charlie has put together the event, which will be held Saturday afternoon at The Grove.

Charlie will be joined by members of Women in Black-LA and others from a variety of faiths who will don a head covering (hijab, a headscarf, for women and kufi, a skull cap, for men) and walk around the open-air mall in silent protest.

"We are non-Muslims who plan to wear the hijab or kufi on 9/11 as a gesture to American Muslims that they are full citizens of this country and deserve the same rights as the rest of us. We intend to prove to Muslims around the world that people of peace outnumber those who hate," says Charlie. "Let's stand up and stand out to demonstrate that not all Americans are bigots."

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For those of you who do not know, Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice was designed to accommodate the needs of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families, in Kuwait. The hospice building itself is part of a continuum of care that offers children and their families the maximum freedom of choice without compromising the quality of that care, whether at home in hospital or within the hospice itself. This fully comprehensive service will offer day care facilities, residential respite, emergency and terminal care. The design has focused on the needs of children and their families with the emphasis on an attractive, child friendly, inter-active environment and a comfortable, homely atmosphere, supported by trained, highly skilled pediatric nursing and medical staff.

This Wednesday (at 8:00 pm) and for 4 (four) days – at 360 MALL (Exhibition & Event Hall), Media Production group has organized a charity event for the Bayt Abdullah Children. They need all the support they can get!!

The event will include:

•Buying stickers and place them on the huge playground canvas on the wall

•Have your children play at the playground, gym, trampoline, and more

•Or have your child’s face painted, played with, watched over and taken through the event

•Or join our cup cake decoration festival, where you & your child can decorate your own cup cakes

•And more and more of amazing lighting, interactive floor, and sound

•And more and more and more! Thank you 360 MALL for donating the venue and bring all of the above creative, suppliers and people to get hand in hand to build the play ground of Bayt Abdullah .

Thank you SnowInQ8 for the info!
 
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Here at The Manhattan we always get a fuzzy warm feeling whenever we hear about or see someone doing a great deed that aims to improve our community, society-- or our WORLD as a whole. We have decided to begin "The Manhattan's Woman of the Month," and our first empowered woman (for the month of July) is:

Ghalya Al-Dhafiri
Date of birth:  April 20th 1991
Occupation: Student & Self employed artist selling & custom making artwork, paintings, photography & graphic designs online.

Ghalya is a local Kuwaiti designer who has just recently launched her first apparel accessory, "The Promise," which was motivated and contributed as charity to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

"The Promise" is a gold plated stainless steel bracelet, priced 32KWD (that's $110) in which 20% is donated to UNICEF. You can order these bracelets by calling+965-6099-9781 or by ordering them online via credit card HERE. For more information about Ghalya visit her blog HERE.

Congratulations on your achievement Ghalya, and keep up the excellent work! :)