Another Big Canoe resident making a difference

Big Canoe residents,Lisa Schnellinger and her husband Tom Willard who founded the independant Afgan news agency, Pajwok, are making a difference in Afganistan. As supporters of education for women, they founded a school in a small village near Kabul that now has 700 female students. Girls schools in Afganistan receive little funding from the government making outside help crucial. Lisa, with the help of contributions from Big Canoe residents recently provided many new textbooks to the school. Next month the school will graduate its first high school class.

Lisa created “Beyond the Mountains: The Interior Life of Afghanistan,” an exhibit of her Afghanistan photography covering 2002-2010. This exhibit will be presented at the Sharptop Arts Association in Jasper every Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will open on September 2 and run through October 3.

Informal talks will be offered September 10, 16 and 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on October 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Lisa will have art for sale during the show, as well as beautiful handmade scarves, soaps, purses and other handicrafts made in Afghanistan.

Proceeds from the sale of handicrafts will be donated to the girls’ school.