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BBLA sponsors a recovery trip for the children of West, Texas

BBLA Press Room 02 June, 2013

The Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) will sponsor a recovery trip for several children from West, Texas. This trip will give the children affected by the disastrous fertilizer plant explosion on April 17th a joyful opportunity to visit their ancestral homeland. The contribution will cover four round-trip airline tickets for the children to participate in the International Children's Folklore Festival in the Czech Republic. This is part of BBLA's relief effort to help the Czech-American community of West's recovery.
In her inquiry to the BBLA, Karen Bernson, the Interim Executive Director of the West Long-Tem Recovery Committee wrote, "The chance for these children to escape their environment for a short time and experience the joyful atmosphere of the festival would be very beneficial and strengthen the bond between West and its ancestral origins." 

Designed as an essay contest, encouraging the children's curiosity about Czech culture, West children, ages 11-16, have been invited by the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC to attend the acclaimed 20th International Children's Folklore Festival.  The festival founded in 1994, takes place on June 19-23, 2013 in the city of Kunovice, Czech Republic.  This contest is sponsored by the BBLA, American Friends of the Czech Republic and the city of Kunovice.
The BBLA leads the disaster relief efforts within the Czech-American community in New York to assist with the recovery efforts in West, Texas known for its deep Czech heritage.  BBLA is coordinating the relief efforts in conjunction with the Consulate of the Czech Republic in New York, The Czech Mission to the United Nations and the Czech Center in New York.






Top right photo: View of the International Children Folklor Festival in Kunovice. Photo: courtesy of Kunovske leto.

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