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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 01:44 am

Designing woman

UIS graduate student does her part to help earthquake victims

Farah Salim grieves to see the international community fail to open its wallet to Pakistan in the way it did for victims of last year’s Southeast Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Compared with the $1.3 billion in relief given to victims of the tsunami, which killed 123,000 people, Pakistan has received $620 million to help victims of the earthquake, which killed at least 79,000. “It’s a weird feeling,” says the 24-year-old graphic designer, whose mother is from Springfield and whose father is from Pakistan. “I feel like one side is beating up on the other.” A master’s student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Salim thought that she could use her skills to help the citizens of Pakistan, where she once lived. She designed a set of eight note cards and has begun selling the cards to raise money for CARE, an international poverty-eradication organization. Salim plans to take a loss on the project because she will send all proceeds to CARE, but that’s all right, she says: “I can lose $100 if it helps these people get blankets.”
The fundraising note cards, $15 per set, may be purchased at Accents and Imports, 111 N. Sixth St., or by e-mailing Salim at fairydusty100@hotmail.com.
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