$25,000 from the proceeds of the Mesopotamian Night 2009 cultural spectacular on August 15 in Modesto, California has purchased a new school bus that is now in use in north Iraq.
The Nissan mini bus began transporting students in mid-October. The service brings children from Bakhitme to Bahra School in Semel and Shameil School in Sheoz.
“This vehicle has been needed for a long time,” according to AAS-Iraq President Napoleon Patto. “We and the children are very grateful for the generosity of the AAS-A Central Valley Chapter and the kind people attending Mesopotamian Night performance.”
The annual Mesopotamian Night cultural events are a production of the Central Valley Chapter of the Assyrian Aid Society of America and in three years have raised over $165,000 for education and other charitable projects in north Iraq.