Oregon Muslim students help in Japan

Local Islamic Students travel to Japan for relief efforts
By Oregon Faith News Note:

Seven students from the Tigard based Oregon Islamic Academy recently returned to Portland after a week touring Sendai and Toyko, Japan and helping in the tsunami recovery effort. The students, which included two high school seniors and five juniors traveled as part of the “Flight of Friendship”, organized by Azumano Travel, with the help of Mercy Corps and Peace Winds. Sho and Loen Dozono of Azumano Travel helped pay the students’ expenses. The students helped distribute relief items, prepare temporary shelters and clean up wreckage. The trip to Japan was the first time students from Oregon Islamic Academy had traveled for humanitarian service.

The students who went to Japan included two seniors who graduated from Oregon Islamic Academy last week, the first to collect their diplomas from the new high school. Nima Mohamed and Fatima Tarhuni, transfered from their local high schools to OIA when it opened four years ago. Recent graduate Tarhuni says she traveled from Gladstone to attend the school as it is the only Islamic school in the Portland area. With only 17 students, the small private school encourages close-knit family environment, as all students attend their classes together. OIA is the highschool of the Muslim Education Trust, a Tigard nonprofit that seeks to provide primary and secondary education.

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