Children in northeast Ohio's Pakistani community have been selling bracelets to raise money for “A Promise To Peshawar,” a fundraiser to build a school in Pakistan in memory of the 132 children killed in a terrorist attack at school. (Source: WOIO)
Part of the fundraiser includes performing a song in their native language. (Source: WOIO)
Children rehearse the song “We Are The World.” (Source: WOIO)
A little boy rehearses his part. (Source: WOIO)
Meeting with Romona Robinson at WOIO: Adil Hasan, Fatima Sajjad, Aman Ali, Malak Widdi, Hania Rehman, Uzair Beg, Summer Hussain, and Ceehan Ahmad, with Nazima Khan, one of the planners of “A Promise To Peshawar” fundraiser. (Source: WOIO)
WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -
Some of the hardest things for children to face are random acts of violence. How can they feel safe, and what can they do to help, even as young as they are? In this week's Romona's Kids, we meet some local children reaching out to survivors of a deadly school attack.
On Dec. 16, 2014, Taliban terrorists stormed a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing dozens of people. Out of the group, 132 of them were children. There's now a worldwide movement to honor them by building a school in memory of each victim, called "141 Schools for Peace" sponsored by The Citizen's Foundation.
A group of local children from northeast Ohio's Pakistani community decided to help raise money to build one of those schools. They're selling bracelets and will also perform at a fundraiser in Westlake, including a song in their native language.
They say Muslims believe it is their responsibility to help take care of God's creations and one of the best ways to combat evil is to do good deeds, such as giving to charity.
"Just thinking that there's children out there who are dying martyrs just because they simply wanted an education, they shouldn't have to die for that. So I feel like by singing at this event, we get to help raise awareness for those children who lost their lives," said 16-year-old Fatima Sajjad.
"They were coming to school normal day, just like we do, and we're the same age, and they shouldn't have been killed like that. It wasn't right," said 15-year-old Adil Hasan.
"We're not going to just sit around and do nothing about this. We've got to help them and honor the children who died," said 10-year-old Summer Hussain.
"We want to show everyone that terrorism is not okay. It can happen anywhere, all over the world. It doesn't exclude itself to a particular religion," said Nazima Khan, one of the planners of the event.
"A Promise To Peshawar" is set for 6 p.m. April 10 at La Centre located at 25777 Detroit Road in Westlake. For tickets and how you can support the cause, e-mail TheNazimaKhan@gmail.com.