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Feature Article... Adopted Dolphin

Children of Year 5 adopted Dolphin

Divulgation is a major component of Abu Salama’s activities. We aim to educate the general public about dolphins and conservation issues through various activities like seminars, training workshops and field trips. On May 23rd, 2006 Abu Salama coordinated a field trip for 20 students from El Gouna International School to visit Samadai and enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat.

The students and their companions; teachers and parents, received detailed briefing from Constanze Conrad - Abu Salama Member and supporter - on issues related to conservation, behavior, ecology and reproduction of dolphins and the Samadai management plan. Brochures and awareness material, that included information on how human activities can harm dolphins, and things to do and things not to do while watching dolphins in their natural habitats, were distributed amongst the participants.

We consider that students at all levels are crucial elements of conservation as they are the future users and decision makers of the world’s natural resources. The response to this field visit was extremely positive, and we hope to be able to continue working with students from all schools and all educational levels in the future. After returning back to Hurghada the students donated 500 hundred Pounds to Abu Salama Society to adopt a dolphin from Samadai reef. Due to the fact that this is the first dolphin to be adopted through the adoption program that was launched recently by Abu Salama they will be given the opportunity to name their dolphin.

Adopted Dolphin "Jessica"

We have announced a competition between the group of students who participated in the trip. The best 3 drawings that succeeded in visualizing the sensation and the positive feelings after swimming with dolphins received trophies in a small event that was organized at El Gouna school on May 23rd, 2005.

1st Place: Alia

2nd Place: Dalia

3rd Place: Jassin




Make your Escape... Cairo for Kids


Cairo for Kids
Great tips for parents who want to get out and about and enjoy the capital with kids

At the top of the list is the Suzanne Mubarak Science Exploration Center. The only facility of its kind in Egypt, this place offers children the chance to grapple with elusive scientific concepts that they may not be able to comprehend in their textbooks, including how the ear works, how a baby is born, etc. My kids especially enjoyed the blood-pump exhibit. Children get to try to use their hands and actually pump a quantity of liquid; what they see is that even the strongest of them cannot get the level of the liquid to go high enough, emphasizing just how strong the heart is as a muscle. In the optics section, mirrors demonstrate both scientific concepts and some tricks and visual effects. A concave mirror allows the kids to shake their own hand, and a plain mirror demonstrates how it was possible to achieve the illusion of floating in old movies. The lobby introduces children to prehistoric Egypt, with a passable display of dinosaurs that once lived in Bahariyya Oasis, in addition to an overview of Egypt’s geological features (very popular with wannabe paleontologists). The center is complete with a Space Odyssey room, models of schools in ancient and Islamic Egypt, in addition to a hall of fame with information about renowned Arab and Western scientists and philosophers. The center also boasts a mediocre planetarium, but really fun is the Rainforest Hall, in which magnified models of insects’ eyes and wings show kids how the creatures are able to navigate in a dark environment. Every summer, the center offers a number of activities to young visitors, including an introduction to the internet. Open everyday 9am–7pm. (Al-Wafa and Al-Safa wal Marwa streets, Hadayek El-Kobba).

If you have the energy after what will doubtless be a long visit to the Science Center, take the kids to the Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum. Leave the car where you parked it, because the museum is just a five-minute taxi ride away at 34 Abu Bakr El-Siddiq St., Heliopolis. This is another rarity: an interactive museum where children learn through play. Last year, the kids went with their school and loved it. They came back with ‘passports’ stamped with a cartouche bearing the name of the museum, in addition to perfumes that they had watched museum staffers make in a section introducing children to ancient Egyptian arts. Each hall in this huge museum introduces children to an area of Egypt, including deserts, Nubia, the Delta, and the Red Sea. Children also get to experience what it was like to live in ancient Egypt through interactive displays. They are allowed to touch everything, and nobody tells them to keep their hands off, which is something all kids enjoy.

The museum made me realize that my kids just might enjoy going to the Egyptian Museum, which is where we headed on our next outing. Huge as the museum is, I decided to keep it simple on their first visit, and took the children to the Tutankhamun Treasures room, a sure win with everybody. Next, we visited the mummy room. This place I found to be a little intimidating, but my twins proclaimed it “really cool,” so in we went. After finishing our visit, the kids were clamoring for more, so we spent a while in the museum garden, which remains one of my favorite sections of the museum.

Another all-time favorite is Giza’s Sun Bird Culture Gardens. Run by Layla Seddik, the privately owned farm is billed as an “ethnological, outdoor museum with recreational facilities.” It’s a perfect place for children to enjoy fun in clean air while learning about native Egyptian vegetables, fruits and trees — all grown without chemical fertilizers. Signs in Arabic, English, French and German abound. Seddik (a retired tour guide herself) or one of her staff takes groups around the model Delta farmhouse and describes what it is like to be a farmer or Bedouin. Children are invited to pet farm animals, weave baskets and, of course, enjoy the freshly baked fatir. (25 Mansouriya Road, Giza, about 4 km past the sign for Kerdasa.)

Another favorite is the Fagnoon Art School, but make certain you all wear old T-shirts if it appears on your weekend agenda. We’ve been going there since the kids were as young as two. The minute they walk into this farm-turned-school, kids are introduced to Khokha the Docile Donkey — and parents are shown to a safely removed shady spot where they can watch the children without interfering too much with the artistic processes about to be unleashed. Armed with a brush and dozens of colors, children are encouraged to paint anything in sight. Tables, benches (even the poor donkey) rarely escape the earnest onslaught. Pottery time is next: Younger children are given a big chunk of clay to do with as they like, while older kids are shown how to work the wheel. Older kids can also try their hands at beginner’s carpentry, iron bending and silk painting. If you go early enough, you can taste the freshly baked fellahin bread. (Saqqara Road, Sabil Umm Hashim, 12 km east of Al-Haram St.)

The Pharaonic Village is the only place in Cairo surrounded by 5,000 trees, which automatically makes it a favorite of mine. As for the kids, if you want yours to go around with eyes wide with wonder, it’s definitely the place to go. Riding through the canal on a boat that leaves every 30 minutes, you are taken on a tour back to Ancient Egypt. First, you hear stories of who and what the ancients deemed their gods, and then you get to watch 100 actors and actresses enacting the various life activities of the Ancient Egyptians. The boat trip includes many stops. One is at a nobleman’s house, followed by the boat museum, then a replica of King Tut’s tomb and the Museum of Art and Beliefs. The village has added a number of museums of modern history, but younger kids seem to prefer the ancient ones. Still, if your kids are older, be sure not to miss the Nasser and Sadat museums (the latter opened this past February). The restaurant and playground offer a nice respite from all the sightseeing. (3 Al-Bahr Al-Aazam St., Open 10am–6pm)

On a rainy day take the kids to the new indoor amusement park at Nasr City’s CityStars mall. There are lots of rides and arcade games to choose from, and then you can have lunch in the food court. If you’re closer to Maadi, check out the smaller Carrefour entertainment section, again with lots of rides to keep kids busy.

Children's Museum

Egyptian Museum

Sun Bird Garden

Pharoonic Village









Press Release Abu Salama Society

On June 27th , The Red Sea Association was informed by Mr. Mohamed Nabil – Environment Committee, Association of Red Sea Investors- that a boat named ‘Flower sea’ has seen a group of 4 large dolphins behind Giftun Island on the 26th of June at 5 PM and moved directly towards the dolphins at high speed while pulling the boat’s horns and shouting among the screams of the group onboard the vessel, and by doing so, exposing the dolphins to danger.

H.E. General Abu Bakr El Rashidy, - Red Sea Governor- in view of the report that was submitted to him by the Red Sea Protectorate- immediately took a decision to penalize the boat by revoking its license for one month as of July 8th, 2006 and to pay a fine of L.E 5000.

We thank H.E for his support to the preservation of the Natural resources of the Red Sea and we ask you to pass this message to all the boat skippers and encourage them to avoid harassing dolphins and endangering them and to report to Abu Salama Society any similar behaviors @ projects@abusalama.org or call 065 3445040.

New strategy for education in Egypt

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak approved Monday a plan to develop the country's educational system over the coming 15 years.

Chairing a high-profile ministerial meeting, the President stressed the importance of high-quality education and transparency in choosing cadres at different levels of education.

Minister of Higher Education Hani Hilal said that the plan is based on two criteria. The first has to meet the basics of the educational process, while the second tackles the executive aspects. Under the new plan, more private and state-run institutes and universities will be established nationwide on an equal footing. The President underlined that the free education policy would remain unchanged, the minister added. Hilal noted that the plan also focuses on opening new branches of Egyptian universities abroad, particularly in the Arab states. The minister said that working a team work from the ministries concerned will be formed in the days to come to advance the plan and put it into effect.






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Body & Soul

Sun damage: The true price of tanning

The warm golden cast of the sun is very alluring. And many people can't resist spending hours beneath its glow. But not all of the sun's rays are pleasing. Ultraviolet (UV) light, the invisible but intense rays of the sun, damages your skin. Some of those harmful effects — such as suntan or sunburn — are visible right away. But other skin changes, including liver spots or deep wrinkles, appear and worsen over time. With repeated sun exposure, the skin damage can even progress into cancerous tumors.

From the first clue that your skin has undergone a change to the development of cancer, here's how the sun damages your skin and what you can do about it.

The first signs of skin damage

You're likely familiar with two of the more common sun-induced changes to your skin: suntan and sunburn. But you may not know that the darkening and reddening of your skin are the first signs of skin damage.

A suntan is the result of injury to the epidermis, the top layer of your skin. A tan develops when UV light accelerates the production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the epidermis that gives your skin its normal color. The extra melanin — produced to protect the deeper layers of your skin — creates the darker color of a "tan." A suntan is your body's way of blocking out the ultraviolet rays to prevent further injury to the skin, but the protection only goes so far.

Eventually, ultraviolet light causes the skin to burn, bringing pain, redness and swelling. Depending on the severity of the burn, the dead, damaged skin may peel away to make room for new skin cells. Though the symptoms of sunburn may fade after several days, the damage to your skin remains. Sun exposure that is intense enough to cause a burn can also damage the DNA of skin cells. This damage sometimes leads to skin cancer.

People with darker skin pigment are less likely to burn because of the protective action of the melanocytes, which produce melanin. However, even those with darker skin types can burn with repeated exposures to UV light. This intense exposure can produce negative effects in the skin, including dry, rough patches, wrinkling and other skin disorders. So even though people with darker skin can tan and tolerate longer periods of sun exposure without "burning," the sun can still cause skin damage.

Keep your skin healthy

All people, regardless of age, should take the necessary steps to protect their skin. For the most complete sun protection, use all three of these methods — in order of importance:

  • Avoid the sun during high-intensity hours. The sun's rays are most damaging from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reduce the time you spend outdoors during these hours.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also, keep in mind that certain clothing styles and fabrics offer better protection from the sun than do others. For example, long-sleeved shirts offer better protection than short-sleeved shirts do just as tighter fabrics are better than those that are loose.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes before going outdoors so that your skin has time to absorb the sunscreen. Then reapply according to the directions on the label — usually about every hour.
    You don't need to hide away indoors to protect your skin. Just be smart about your sun exposure and take precautions to keep your skin healthy for years to come.






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  • foam sheets - red, yellow, blue, pink, green, purple, orange, peach
  • craft glue
  • glitter - multicolor, pink, blue, yellow
  • fabric paint - pink, blue, yellow, green
  • Fiskars paper edgers in various designs
  • pink pompoms
  • large wiggle eyes
  • narrow ribbon

How to do it:

Find a clown pattern from a coloring book, party store, or catalog and increase to desired size. Cut out pattern pieces from various foam sheets using Fiskars paper edgers to make wavy or pinked edges on each piece. Use peach foam for face.

Piece the clown together beginning with the head and body pieces. Glue in place.

Cut out cuffs, collars, hats, shoes, ruffle on coat, polka dots and hair. Glue pieces in place. Be sure to glue the hair on before the hat, and glue the hands on before cuffs.

Glue on wiggle eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks. Add pompoms to shoes.

With fabric paint, draw squiggles and dots to decorate clothing. Sprinkle with glitter while paint is still wet. Let dry, and shake off excess. You may choose to use only one or several colors of paint and glitter.

If you do not want to use fabric paint on the clown, use the same technique with glue and glitter. For less sparkle and mess, use markers and crayons instead.









Tomato and Grilled-Bread Salad

This Tuscan salad is a wonderful way to use up day-old bread: Use coarse-textured, good-quality bread. You can improvise by adding olives, anchovies, or canned tuna.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 25 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Per serving: 383 calories; 22.9 grams fat; 7 grams protein; 39.5 grams carbohydrates

  • 1/2 pound country bread, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 3/4-inch dice (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Heat grill to medium. Brush bread slices on both sides with 2 tablespoons oil. Grill until lightly charred on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut into large cubes.

  2. 2. In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. Drizzle with vinegar and remaining 1/4 cup oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and serve.

Note: You can also serve this grilled bread alongside a dish of olive oil for dipping.



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