US Embassy marks July 4th with a charity activity [Archives:2004/754/Local News]

July 12 2004

The US embassy in Sana'a celebrated Independence Day on Sunday, July 4th, according to established local tradition by renovating the new children's cancer ward and waiting room the Republic Hospital.
More than 25 diplomats, including the ambassador and his deputy, volunteered their time and efforts for the event. The volunteers worked more than four hours to paint pictures on the walls and figures on the ceiling to create a pleasant and calm atmosphere for the sick children. In addition, carpeting was installed and a playhouse was added to a comer of one of the rooms. All the materials were bought with the embassy July 4th funds, which will also be used to provide toys to children in the coming months.
Th embassy has, for the past few years, decided not to put on an official July 4th event. Instead, activities are planned each year to help a deserving charity in Sana'a.. Last year, embassy volunteers landscaped the yard of the Blind Girls' School in the city and the previous year water fountains were donated to the girls' school adjacent to the embassy.