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Friends of FANA News - January 2002

Dear FANA Parents and Friends,

After taking a long break, Friends of FANA is gearing up for the activities of the coming year. We'd like to give you a quick update on our plans and hopes for 2002.

Welcome!

First, to those of you who have not heard from us before, welcome. We would like to welcome you to our group which provides educational and cultural activities for our families and children in the Washington, D.C. area as well as support for FANA in Colombia.

We welcome everyone to our activities and hope that you will consider taking an active role in developing worthwhile events for our families. If you are interested in serving on the Board or simply serving to help plan an event, please contact us at info@fanafriendsdc.org. WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this an outstanding organization for our families. Please work with us to plan activities, share ideas for programs, join our fundraising committee, or otherwise help chart the course for our group. We welcome your support.

Friends of FANA, D.C. Has Incorporated

Friends of FANA recently decided to incorporate as a 501(c) 3 charitable membership organization separate from The Barker Foundation. This lets us reach out to serve more families and gives us more flexibility in our programming and fundraising activities. We will not, however, be involved in child placements. That will continue to be the role of the agencies with relationships with FANA. We plan to continue to work with The Barker Foundation to support families in process and those who have completed their adoptions.

Financial Support for FANA

As you may remember, each fall for the past three years, we have raised money to support projects at FANA. In three years, we have raised over $150,000 for FANA. A letter concerning this year's 30th anniversary gift to FANA will be in the mail to you shortly. Please watch for this and consider making a generous gift again this year. If you have any friends or family members who you believe might wish to contribute, please ask them or send their name and address (to info@fanafriendsdc.org. Our plan is to present a check to FANA in celebration of the 30th Anniversary at the February 24th Carnivale event.

If you wish to make a year-end contribution (before receiving our letter!), it can be made to Friends of FANA, PMB 256, 11654 Plaza America Drive, Reston, VA 20190-4700. Donations may also be made through The Barker Foundation (please note "for FANA"), at 7945 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 206, Cabin John, MD 20818.

FANA 30th Anniversary in Bogota Colombia

In early February, FANA will officially celebrate its 30th Anniversary with activities at the orphanage in Bogota. A Friends of FANA, D.C. family will be representing our group at the celebrations. If you would like them to take notes or pictures to the orphanage, please contact info@fanafriendsdc.org. We look forward to seeing videos and pictures from the events. We have not heard from any other FANA families from this area planning to attend the festivities in Bogota, but if you are, please let us know - we would welcome additional representatives.

FANA 30th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. Area

The first event of 2002 will be a Carnivale and celebration of FANA's 30th Anniversary, tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoon, February 24 in Reston. We hope to have representatives from FANA with us to mark thirty years of success with over 12,000 children placed for adoption. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages. Hold that date! If you are interested in helping with the planning, please contact Laura Capaldini at info@fanafriendsdc.org.

We will be working on identifying at least one more educational activity for our children to take place in the spring. If you have any ideas, please contact us at the email address above.

Local Latin American Cultural Events

On Monday, January 28, 2001 at 6 pm, the Smithsonian presents a slide presentation on "The Gold of Ancient Colombia" as part of the Resident Associates program. The lecture by archeologist Warrick Bray will discuss the symbolism of works of art from the Museum of Gold in Bogota. For more information, check http://residentassociates.org/rap/otojan/gold.asp.

The Mexican Cultural Institute hosts the Tenth Ibero-American Art Salon at the Cultural Institute. The exhibit opened on December 10th. The Institute is located at 2829 16th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.

Update Our Mailing List

As a result of the incorporation, we have built a new mailing list using information from FANA. If your name or address is incorrect or if you know of other families with children from FANA or elsewhere in Colombia who might like to join our activities, please feel free to send that information. Again, the email address is info@fanafriendsdc.org. We are also adding to our email list so that we can send out timely updates on local cultural activities and save money on postage. Please take a moment to send us your current email address if you are not already on the list.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at upcoming events.

Laura Capaldini

Maria Van Wie