Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Supporting the legacy of Manophet.

In 2008, when Legacies of War visited Xieng Khouang to learn about the bombings that wiped out much of life in the region, they met a man named Manophet who survived the bombing and worked all his life to rebuild his home and community. Community members were heartbroken to hear of his sudden death last month.
In the hope that his legacy will live on through his children, school and soccer team, efforts are being made to help make these children’s dreams come true, including a fundraiser to support Manophet’s soccer team as they raise money to represent Laos in Sweden at the Gothia Cup, an International Youth Soccer competition. In Minnesota, they are hosting two benefits, one at the St. Paul Ten Thousand Villages store, and one at Pepito's Parkway Theater.

If you're looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon, come to Pepito’s Parkway Theatre for music, dancing and food at the Community Fest on June 27th. The event will also host book signings and a silent auction. 100% of proceeds goes towards Manophet’s family, students and soccer team. The event runs 2-5 p.m at 4814 Chicago Ave. So., Minneapolis. Admission is $5/Adult and Children under 12 are Free.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to provide a donation can make a check payable to the “Manophet Memorial Trust”, which will provide basic food, housing, clothing, education for Manophet's sons or payable to the "English Development School” to help keeps Manophet's educational and recreation programs open for students & soccer players. Mail contributions to: Lynn Tchida, Event Chair, P.O. Box 17288, Minneapolis, MN 55417. For more information, contact Lynn at 763-245-0376 or by email at

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