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Creating Communication Cards for Syrian Families and all of those who would like to work with them. Sponsor families, healthcare, etc.
Creating Communication Cards for Syrian Families and all of those who would like to work with them. Sponsor families, healthcare, etc.
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Butterfly Communication Cards -- Farashah Project

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When I think about the Syrian refugees who are coming to Canada, I am at once proud to be part of the welcoming committee and heartbroken for the difficulties that they have come through.  I'm part of a sponsorship group, and while sitting in the early meetings, I realized that I wouldn't be able to contribute much financially, so I started thinking of ways that I could use my own gifts and talents to support these dear families. 

As an English teacher and a linguist, I had the idea that flashcards or communication cards might be helpful to help aid communication between sponsor groups and the Syrian families. At first, I thought I would just create cards by hand for our own sponsorship group and family, but then I realized how valuable this might be for all of the 25,000 refugees that are coming in the next few months. So I worked with a former student and fellow linguist, Heidi Smith, to bump the project up to a new level. Her creativity and enthusiasm, as well as her incredible resourcefulness gave legs to the ideas that I wouldn't have been able to execute. A deep bow to her and to all of the consultants and designers who also volunteered their time to help this move forward. 

Start up funds for this project will go toward:

- printing and design costs

- honorariums for linguistic and cultural consultants (volunteers)

- honorarium for volunteer logo designer (thank you, Tamara Robinson!)

- honorarium for volunteer illustrators

- website design and hosting fee

- administrative and set-up costs (computer design programs, business start up costs)

Risks and challenges

Some of the challenges we anticipate will include card errors due to linguistic or cultural misunderstanding of context. This is why we hope to do a beta test of the cards before the final draft. We will use the feedback from the beta test cards to help make the final drafts more useful.

We also anticipate that it will take some time for people to get used to the pronunciation cues for English and for Arabic. As we move forward, we hope to have audio recordings available for the cards on the website. (By the way, if anyone is skilled at helping to manage a website for this, please let us know! Part of the start up budget will be used to host a website through Square Space.)

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    Pledge CA$ 15 or more About $11

    MP3 Recordings in Arabic and English for the Basic Set. These will be beta versions and we will use the feedback on these to improve recordings for the final drafts. Available for download - if funding goal is met it could be in January.

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    Beta version of the Basic Edition of the Farasheh Communication Cards. No pictures on the cards. 50 coded cards including an index, translations of basic greetings, needs, wants, courtesies, leave takings for English and Arabic. If you are part of the Beta testing group, you will be asked to give feedback to help improve the cards.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    Set of Medical Farasheh Communication Cards. Ideal for the Healthcare community who will be working with Syrian Families. Sponsor groups may also want to invest in this for a copy for their families.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    Set of Mental/Emotional Health Farasheh Communication Cards. Ideal for those who will be offering emotional support for refugee families. Note: date of delivery and completion depends on how soon we reach our funding goals.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    Set of Canadiana Farasheh Communication Cards. These are fun cards to help with explaining Canadian culture, history, and traditions. They include phrases for watching hockey, ordering at Timmy's, the many words for precipitation, and many other Canadianisms. As with the other rewards, the delivery date could be sooner depending on how quickly we reach the funding goal, eh?

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About $26

    Final Version of the Basic Farasheh Communication Cards and recordings. 50 full colour communication cards with pictures on appropriate cards. Ideal for Syrian Families (pictures great for children and those who struggle with literacy) and Sponsorship Groups or community groups who will be working with the groups.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $37

    Set of Custom Farasheh Communication Cards. Are there words and phrases that are not in the basic set that you need for a specific purpose? Let us know and we will work with you to create a set that will work for your context.

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Funding period

- (23 days)