CCID Has Iftar Together

August 14th, 2010

 

Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together.

IMG_9140 Today, all the CCID Scholars, friends, and many of the mentor families, came together for a unique Iftar celebration.

We introduced the American custom of a “progressive dinner”.  The students in each flat made part of the evening’s events.  We then went from flat to flat to enjoy a complete meal. 

Also there was a cooking class with some of the scholars and mentor partners teaching some cooking techniques. 

IMG_9104Starting with sunset, we all convened for traditional snacks, at the first apartment.  Afterwards, those observing Ramadan, had time for prayer while the others went to the next flat to put the finishing touches on the main courses.

After everyone arrived there, we enjoyed a great dinner.  

IMG_9137 We then moved to the next flat for home made deserts.  This was also a great time to learn the ovens here have the temperatures marked in  Fahrenheit.  The desert was unbelievable.  There are some professional cooks here!

Finally we moved to the last flat for some delicious tea and a few more sweets.

IMG_9114 What a wonderful and unique evening!IMG_9156

Thanks to all the scholars who really worked to prepare foods and offered their apartments for the dinner.  Thanks to the friendship partners and others who were able to attend.

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Welcome to CCID Scholars

August 10th, 2010

This evening we had a chance to meet the new CCID Scholars.

It was an evening of food, singing, and getting to know each other.

IMG_8980When the CCID Scholars arrived, they were greeted by a whole house full of families, friends, and their mentors.  Our new students are from a range of countries and cultures.  The countries represented include  South African, Pakistan,  Egypt, and India.

As always we had some special food for everyone.  Thanks to the team who managed the grilling.  They did an awesome job. 

After dinner we had a fun time with the “getting-to-know-you” activities:  What were you doing in 1991?  In 2010 we “liked” playing that game.

IMG_8978_edited-1All that fun got us ready for a small break to enjoy home made deserts.  And that was enough to get everyone singing songs from the homeland.  We have some fantastic singers in our midst.

As the night drew to a close, we headed out, but not before giving each of our new IMG_9052_edited-1friends a bag of treats to welcome them to Houston, Texas.  

You can click here to see a slide show of all the pictures.

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To Colorado and Back

August 1st, 2010

This year we had a great opportunity for a trip and a stay up in the mountains of Colorado. 

It was a long road trip, but the place was beyond great.  We had some very challenging hiking to  picture perfect woods.  There was even a visit by a bear who checked us out.

Words cannot describe the beauty and quiet sounds of nature in the wilderness.  You can see some of the pictures by clicking here.

We all came back refreshed and renewed.  Thanks to the team for making this trip happen.

A great trip. 

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