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Syria establishes 1st cafe managed by people with Down Syndrome

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The café is called Sucette and this is Syria’s first café that is being managed by 20 people with Down Syndrome, the café is located at the Tishreen park in the capital Damascus.

These waiters and waitresses created a friendly vibe at the cafe, not only by providing good customer service but also by playing music and dancing amid the claps and cheering of the customers.

The idea of Sucette was introduced by the Juzour Association, a local charitable organization that runs several humanitarian projects, one of which is organizing events for people with Down Syndrome.

Last year, the Juzour Association started to try and run a restaurant, which employed people with Down Syndrome, for one month. It came out to be a success, and that is the basis of how Sucette came into being.

Kholoud Rajab, board chairman of the association, told reporters that the project has the objective of creating awareness for the stereotype about people with Down Syndrome and assist these people to intermingle with normal people.

Currently 20 people with Down Syndrome and 10 normal people are working at Sucette, Rajab said, adding that the meaning of the project goes far deeper than merely setting up a cafe.

“Sucette is more than a cafe. It is an idea that will integrate the special group in the society and allow them to accept us as well,” she said.

Being busy taking orders from customers congregating into the cafe, Muhannad Saleh, one of the 20 waiters, told reporters that he was pleased with his new job. Saleh said that he enjoys the idea of working hard to get salary, which makes him prove himself to be of value.

“I am happy to work here and everything is perfect. I serve customers with everything I can,” the young man said.

For Rehab Qattan, a young girl with Down Syndrome, the days of staying home doing nothing and feeling bored are gone.

“I have been fed up with staying at home,” she said, adding that working at Sucette is a source of joy for her.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Next year September census will be taken.

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Maldives Bureau of Statistics has announced that the national census will be taken next year, from September 17th to September 30th, 2022.

In a news conference held by the Bureau of Statistics, Minister of National planning, housing, and infrastructure Mohamed Aslam stated in a video message that it is mandatory to get a national census as that information is critical in planning development strategies in the Maldives. The information collected from the public will be used to make plans for islands and atolls.

According to the information given by Chief Statistician Aishath Hassan, up to date, there are no data of an economic census being taken. With the statistics collected from the economic census, Aishath Hassan stated that it will be easier to calculate the GDP of Maldives. With an economic census taken, data such as the type of work done in different parts of Maldives, the size of business, the number of persons who are working in such business will be taken.

For next year’s census data collection fieldwork, 4300 enumerators will be needed. Which is 2200 persons to work in islands and 2100 persons to work in Male’ city area. Next month, enumerator jobs will be announced.

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Afghan farmers welcome harvest season of onions

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Afghan farmers in northern Balkh province welcome the harvest season of onions.

Afghan farmers harvest onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

Afghan farmers harvest onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

Afghan farmers harvest onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

An Afghan farmer carries a package of harvested onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

Photo taken on Sept. 20, 2021 shows packages of harvested onions in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

An Afghan farmer harvests onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

An Afghan farmer shows harvested onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

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Declaration presented to Parliament requesting shore protection in an eroding area at Felidhoo

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A declaration has been presented to the Parliament advocating the deployment of coast protection measures in V. Felidhoo’s eroding region.

Felidhoo MP Fazul Rasheed presented the declaration at today’s parliamentary session, citing that the area has been deteriorating at an unusually fast rate and urging the government to accelerate the execution of coast safeguards in the vicinity.

Whilst speaking on the declaration, Fazul stated that while the extreme erosion of the region has caused numerous issues for the island’s population, it has also had a substantial negative influence on the ecology. He went on to say that the erosion had damaged the island’s hospital as well as several of the houses.

Fazul went on to say that while the installation of shore fortification at the eroding at Felidhoo was specified in this year’s PSIP budget, no work has been done on it, not even a reconnaissance of the eroding area.

“Without a comprehensive solution to the problem, erosion will continue. The hospital and school’s walls have nearly collapsed due to erosion. Residents of Felidhoo are in a precarious situation,” he added.

Fazul further stated that, despite the fact that Felidhoo is an island that practices local tourism, the beach designated for tourists has been entirely degraded.

He also stated that the island’s extreme erosion has had an influence on the mental health of the Felidhoo locals.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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