Santa Maria Community Services Invites you to Walk With Amal: A Symbol of Hope and Resilience

Santa Maria Community Services is excited to announce that it will be participating in Walk With Amal on September 22 at 3 p.m. at the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington, Kentucky. Santa Maria would like you to join us in this symbolic walk across the bridge to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which will offer free admission and an array of free community resources.

At the heart of this endeavor is “Little Amal,” a 12-foot puppet representing a Syrian refugee girl, whose journey of approximately 6,000 miles is set to conclude in San Diego in early November. Orchestrated by the nonprofit organization The Walk Productions, Little Amal’s journey serves as a platform to spotlight the challenges faced by displaced individuals and refugees, especially the young. “Amal,” which translates to “hope” in Arabic, embodies the resilience and aspirations of countless individuals affected by war, famine, and corruption in their home countries.

The journey of Little Amal began in 2021 and 2022, where she graced 250 “Walk with Amal” artistic events spanning 5,000 miles across 13 countries, from the Syrian border to the shores of eastern England. Now, the focus shifts to the United States, embarking on a nine-week tour with plans for 100 artistic events and festivals in 35 cities. The tour commences on September 7 in Boston, encompassing the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest before culminating in San Diego, California.

Santa Maria Community Services is honored to be a part of this transformative journey and invites everyone to Walk With Amal on September 22. The walk across the Roebling Suspension Bridge to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will serve as a poignant reminder of the power of unity, hope, and compassion.

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