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USA trip update, museum, Zakat, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Dear friendsJust to keep you in the picture of our museum progress in the last twomonths (since opening in April, 2017):1-We were visited by over 500 visitors (just yesterday 53 students fromSchmidt school in Jerusalem)2-We published four research papers (now one or two every month in goodrefereed journals!)3-We submitted three grant proposals in the last two months and plan tosubmit three more in the next three weeks4-We initiated discussions for partnerships with NGOs and governmentagencies. Signed one MOU5-Through trips (last month to Luxembourg and Belgium, this month to USA)and through email and other contacts, we are building significant support.6-We finished two funded projects (Canadian, American) and have goodprogress on a UNDP funded project and several unfunded projects (thanks tovolunteers and local donations).7-We operated our solar electricity8-Our garden is blooming/productive (producing vegetables and fruits forthe many volunteers)9-We created master plan for an institute of biodiversity andsustainability, started to plan diploma offerings (in pemaculture andsustainability)10. We now have architecture for new building and garden and began toexplore how we can get this funded. This is short video of existing museumand future plans (3D): https://youtu.be/zd-eK5dAeRwand a powerpoint presentation on the plans https://youtu.be/dNamUinkGywNone of this would have been possible without your (partner) support.My upcoming US trip includes: Denver, Albuquerque, Austin, Houston, NewOrleans, Raleigh, Washington DC . My schedule is in the US is now updatedhere: http://qumsiyeh.org/upcomingevents/If you know anyone in those cities who can help or who should network withus, attend talks etc; please connect us. You can also help by donating,volunteering and/or supporting the work of the museum and the institute inother ways (see palestinenature.org for details and for videos of ouractivities).For our Muslim colleagues and friends remember us in this holy month withyour Zakat,Stay HumanMazin QumsiyehA bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at homeProfessor and (volunteer) DirectorPalestine Museum of Natural HistoryPalestine Institute of Biodiversity and SustainabilityBethlehem UniversityOccupied Palestinehttp://qumsiyeh.orghttp://palestinenature.orgJoin me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/mazin.qumsiyeh.9