BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) 2014 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileSeed Co Limited is the leading producer and marketer of certified crop seeds in Zimbabwe, supplying hybrid maize seed to commercial farmers as well as wheat, soya bean, barley, sorghum and ground nut seed. The seeds is grown from parent seeds under contract by an established network of seed producers. Innovation and pioneering breeding methods drive the Seed Company’s success; having successfully developed hybrid crop seed varieties in Zimbabwe that are recorded as the highest yielding varieties in their class. The Seed Company has a dedicated research team; producing hybrid crop seeds and non-hybrid cereals and oil crop seed varieties that are suitable and adaptable for Zimbabwe’s ecological conditions. Seed Co Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Anglican Communion Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI thomas mauro says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group [Anglican Communion News Service] Faith in the Anglican Communion needs to be reaffirmed, according to the winner of a £1,000 prize (US$1,623) essay competition to explain “Why I am an Anglican and believe I shall remain so.”Natacha-Ingrid Tinteroff, a French convert from Roman Catholicism, used her essay to celebrate the best of Anglicanism and the Anglican Communion, which she believes includes its liturgy, its space to discover God’s truth, and its “integral catholicity.”In the essay — composed for a competition run by the Wiltshire, England-based Anglican charity St. Boniface Trust — Tinteroff wrote, “Being an Anglican is much more than what is currently advertised by the media. Anglican global identity is not defined by a positioning in favor or against homosexual clergy and women bishops. The overall depth of our tradition, and particularly its spirituality and liturgy, still nurtures the life of millions of Christians, including some who have formally left.“At the same time, and although it is highly ignored, despite the so-called desperate situation of the Anglican Communion its churches welcome each year a considerable number of Christians who enjoy the spiritual solace provided by Anglican inclusivity. Faith in the Anglican Communion needs to be reaffirmed.”In the piece, which alternated between the emotional and the cerebral, Tinterhoff, an academic and author, wrote about how attending Evensong had changed her life forever. “For the first time in my life, I encountered God during a service … I came ill, hungry and thirsty; I left fed, healed and renewed by the beauty of holiness.”She explained that the Church of England is the only part of the Christian Church she can grow and consequently hear God. “I am able to do so because the Anglican tradition, which has welcomed me so generously, not only allows me to be a mature believer, but encourages me to be so. I enjoy the liberty that Anglicanism gives me as a scholar, and that I could not find anywhere else.”Tinterhoff’s prize-winning essay was one of 64 entries to the competition from across the Anglican Communion. Submission came from Australia, the United States, the Caribbean, several European countries including the United Kingdom, and four countries in Africa. The entries were judged by two retired bishops diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Mark Santer and the Rt. Rev. Michael Turnbull, who were unanimous in selecting the winner.St. Boniface Trust is a small Anglican charity that ran the competition because its trustees have been increasingly concerned that yet more divisions are being created between the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches. They also believe there is a need for a “clearer understanding of what it means to be an Anglican.”Trust Chairman the Ven. Robin Turner said, “The idea of an essay competition was conceived by Canon John Townroe, former warden of St. Boniface College in Warminster, as a way of obtaining some fresh thinking on the subject.”The winning essay can be read here. There are also plans to produce a booklet containing extracts from the other entries. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784245/the-house-on-the-cliff-gilbartolome-architects Clipboard “COPY” Houses The House on the Cliff / GilBartolome ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe House on the Cliff / GilBartolome Architects The House on the Cliff / GilBartolome Architects Year: Spain Architects: GilBartolome Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2015 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784245/the-house-on-the-cliff-gilbartolome-architects Clipboard Project gallerySee allShow lessTerry Farrell Among Speakers at Forthcoming Conference on PostmodernismConferenceHausbergen Footbridge / Wienstroer Architekten StadtplanerSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Area: 210 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Salobreña, Spain Photographs Photographs: Jesús Granada Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Lopez Soto, elZincCollaborators:Alfonso Peralta, Fabián Andrés Lizarazo, Blanca PerezOn Site Architects:Pablo Gil, Jaime BartoloméQuantity Surveyor:Juan Diego GuarderasProject Manager:Beatriz MorenoMain Contractor:José Manuel Jiménez, Hispánica de MorterosStructures:Manuel Rojas, Juan ReySoil Works:Jose SantosRoof Deck:Zacarías TimónInterior Design And Furniture Design:Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé, GilBartolome ArchitectsCarpentry And Furniture Fabrication:Jorge AlcaldeZinc Supplier:ElZinc, Asturiana de Laminados S.AFabrication Of Special Features:Francisco LajoArchitects In Charge:Pablo Gil, Jaime BartoloméInterior Design:Pablo Gil, Jaime BartoloméFurniture Design:Pablo Gil, Jaime BartoloméCity:SalobreñaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jesús GranadaRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. This house is a private commission made by a young couple who chose a difficult plot on a hill with an inclination of 42 degrees, in front of the Mediterranean Sea with breathtaking views. The task has been to integrate the house within the magnificent landscape that surrounds it and to direct the livable spaces towards the sea. It has also been about working with an extremely tight budget, a complex site and ambitious ideas both from the client and the architect.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaThe form of the house and the metallic roof produces a calculated aesthetic ambiguity between the natural and the artificial, between the skin of a dragon set in the ground, when seen from below, and the waves of the sea, when seen from above. Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaThe House as a Joyful Domestic StageThe house is developed on two floors: a large terraced living area, following the slope of the mountain, connected to a cantilevered terrace with a swimming pool, and a second floor with rooms that have viewpoints above the roof. The house is buried into the steep slope and benefits from the annually constant temperature of 19´5ºC of the ground. The livable spaces are covered by a curved double shell of reinforced concrete which plays with the geometry of the ground while framing the views and orienting the airflows that come from the sea into the interior. This shell is supported on the retaining walls that are 14,5 meters apart from each other, with no other internal supports, columns or walls. Thanks to this, the main space of the house, organized into designed islands of activity, can also become a stage and an auditorium for 70 people, also handy to host large parties, completely open to the landscape and with an ancillary terrace separated by a movable glass facade.Save this picture!Section The metallic roof produces a calculated aesthetic ambiguity between the natural and the artificial, between the skin of a dragon set in the ground, when seen from below, and the waves of the sea, when seen from above. Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaThe comeback of craftsmanship The construction of the House on the Cliff relies heavily on craftsmanship and local labor. The house was to be built during the worst possible financial crisis on Spain, with 26% of unemployment in our country, and close to 36% unemployment rates in the region where the house was built. In this social context we decided to avoid machine made industrial construction systems and develop an architecture that is based on many hours of labor. The most complex elements of the house can serve as an example of this approach: the reinforced concrete structure of the roof, based on a manually executed metal formwork, the tiles that cover the roof handmade and hand put, the ceilings made of gypsum plaster, the interior bespoke furniture made with fiberglass and polyester resin are all designed through digital design software, but manufactured by hand on site, using the ancient method of “measuring from plans” and also allowing room for the workers creativity and abilities to achieve the general aesthetical goals that were discussed during the site visits. Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaApart from this aspect, this decision has proven to be important in other angles. Because of the complexity and the beauty of the house and the skills that had to be developed, It has been a challenge for the people involved on the site, and it has proved that everyone is ready to give the extra mile when there is an ambitious goal that point towards a result that is of worth. This increases the quality of the construction, but also, and most importantly, it has been very important for the laborers as it represented for them a way of testing, learning and finally showing their abilities that potentially opened them new possibilities of work. This has also served them in regaining the dignity lost in their profession, as industrial construction products are quite boring to put together, especially when a similar action has to be repeated endlessly.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaA beautiful and useful building does not have to be an expensive buildingThe house features two complex elements that have been economically feasible thanks to technical innovations. The roof was produced through a handcrafted formwork system develop on a patent by a local engineer Dr. Manuel Rojas, using a very efficient deformable metal mesh. This technique was manufactured at a much lower cost with respect to the options that are commonly used in construction such as timber or steel formworks. The finishing surface of the roof is composed by zinc scales placed and fabricated by hand from raw material. This has reduced the cost if compared with prefabricated systems offered by the industry. Similarly, the fabrication of the furniture is made completely by hand from digital models. These techniques that jump between the manual and the digital have produced a unique blend of qualities.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaA Gaudiesque contemporary cave: environmental approachRegarding energy performance, the house is inserted in the ground and we have used in our benefit the constant temperature of the ground, 19,5 º C through the year. Between the interior and the retaining walls there is a 40 cms air cavity that is used to regulate the amount of air at 19,5ºC that goes into the house, how much goes into the pre-cooling or pre-heating of the HVAC system, and how much has to be ventilated in order to control the humidity levels. The air cavity is sensorized and controlled intelligently but with a manual overrun when needed. Another important feature is that the roof is a double curved concrete shell, each shell 7cms of concrete, and it has 40 cms of insulation in between that served as the formwork for the concrete of the upper shell. This, being a cheap construction method, allows for a magnificent mix of insulation and thermal inertia. In result of these two features, the house does not use any form of heating or cooling during the year.Save this picture!PlanThe concrete plant that delivered to the site is less than 10 kms away and supposed a large reduction in carbon emissions.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaThe house within the context of architecture in SpainThe industry of construction and the large developers who have been producing buildings of poor quality and little added value over the last two decades in Spain have created a culture of low demand and denial, installing in society the idea that bad architecture that surrounds us is a necessary consequence of our era. This house shows that another construction is possible and that the developer and the user have the possibility of obtaining a better product at an affordable cost. It is a matter of illusion, talent and commitment to an idea between all the parts. CopyAbout this officeGilBartolome ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGranadaSalobreñaSpainPublished on March 23, 2016Cite: “The House on the Cliff / GilBartolome Architects” 23 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
FRSB upholds ‘tenacious’ complaint against Save the Children for unintentionally misleading public Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Law / policy Save the Children About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 October 2014 | News However, the charity received a complaint that the statement was misleading, since any new clinic could not be built before Zinnah’s new baby was born.According to the FRSB, Save the Children accepted that the appeal “contained inconsistencies”, but did not agree that it was misleading. But after further correspondence from the complainant, the charity agreed to mail supporters of the campaign clarifying that Zinnah had not given birth in a Save the Children Clinic.The wording on the appeals webpage was also changed to:“Help us build clinics so women like Zinnah don’t suffer this frightening experience.”Breach of code, but not deliberateAlthough the charity launched and internal review of its processes in the wake of the complaint, the complainant remained concerned, according to the FRSB, that it was “not being transparent as to the reasons why the appeal had contained misleading content and why the charity would not share the report from the internal review”.The case was then escalated to the FRSB, which found that Save the Children had breached section 5.2 clause h of the IoF’s Code of Fundraising Practice:“Fundraising communications OUGHT NOT to mislead, or be clearly likely to mislead, by inaccuracy, ambiguity, exaggeration, omission or otherwise.”However, the FRSB concluded that there was “no evidence” that the charity had deliberately breached the code, which was most likely due to “insufficient attention to detail” in the approval process.The FRSB also commended Save the Children for the steps that the charity had taken since acting on the complaint to improve procedures, including refresher training courses for its staff on the code, tightening up its copywriting sign off processes, and recruiting a new member of staff to oversee risk and compliance.Colin Lloyd, Chair of the Fundraising Standards Board, said:“The case has demonstrated to the FRSB Board not only the importance of code compliance but also the operation of an effective and robust complaint handling process for charities.“While we welcome the significant steps that the charity has taken not only to rectify matters, but to improve their ongoing process, we also recognise the key role and tenacity of the complainant in bringing the issue to the attention of the charity and in working with the FRSB.” The Fundraising Standards Board has upheld a ‘tenacious’ complaint against Save the Children for including misleading information in a direct mail and web appeal.However, FRSB says it does not believe the charity set out to deliberately mislead the public and highlights the “tenacity” of the complainant in pursuing the case.Complaint over accuracy of timingThe charity’s Liberia Capital Appeal sought donations to fund new clinics for expectant mothers. The appeal materials focused on Zinnah – a woman who had previously given birth by the side of the road.The appeal asked people to:“Help us build a clinic within reach, and save her baby’s life.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Yemeni communities organized protests across the U.S. during August demanding that Washington stop its support for Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Yemen. These attacks are by a Saudi-led coalition in a nearly five-year-long civil war in Yemen.Blue school bags representing children killed in a Saudi airstrike on Yemen at Aug. 16 San Francisco protest of U.S. military aid.The protests in the U.S. marked the one-year anniversary of the Aug. 9 Saudi bombing of a school bus in Yemen. Forty Yemeni children on a school trip were killed and 56 injured, along with 90 adults who were either killed or injured. CNN reported that the weapon used was a laser-guided bomb made by Lockheed Martin and sold to the Saudi government. This bomb was part of billions of dollars of exported weapons arranged by the U.S. government. (tinyurl.com/ycgguacb)In Detroit on Aug. 23, protesters gathered downtown where Hanan Yahya, active in the Yemeni Alliance Committee, told the Detroit Free Press: “The U.S. role is vital, and if we are able to withdraw U.S. support, we can help end the war.” U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District was present: “We need political courage right here in the United States to speak up for Yemen.” (tinyurl.com/y2b8dkd2) In San Francisco, the Yemeni Alliance Committee Bay Area held a protest against U.S. involvement in the conflict at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Blue school bags representing children killed in the Saudi airstrike were stacked on the sidewalk at the Aug. 16 rally.The U.S. has given the Saudi coalition of Persian Gulf monarchies a range of military aid to attack Yemen, including refueling for Saudi planes that bomb civilians, satellite information for bomb targeting and U.S. military forces who work with the Saudis. Recently the United Arab Emirates pulled out of the Saudi-led coalition, weakening the Saudi position in Yemen.Nevertheless, the continuing war has created an immense humanitarian crisis for the Yemeni people.According to a June 2019 report of the U.N. World Food Programme, 24.1 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance; 3.3 million people are internally displaced; and 20.1 million people are food insecure. (tinyurl.com/y2vw93m2)In November 2018, UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere declared Yemen to be “a living hell for children.” Cappelaere noted that every year 30,000 children die there because they do not get enough to eat. And 1.8 million children suffer acute malnutrition and are more susceptible to diseases, like cholera that has begun to run rampant. (tinyurl.com/y36utxv2)For more political background on Yemen, see tinyurl.com/y7ea4hzl/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants 3/8/2013 10:11 update with Gary Wilhelmi By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 8, 2013 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter 10:11 updateDow up 39 and acting a little tiredDollar continues to run up 74 at 82.83Unemployment at 7.7%, economists generally feel that government finagling distorts figure by 2% plusChinese soybean imports down in February as they attempt to firm domestic cashPre 11 am S/D volume is even lighter than it has been Previous articleIssues Briefings Scheduled for Indiana GrowersNext articleSeed Consultant 3/8/2013 Weekly Comment with Gary Wilhemy Hoosier Ag Today Seed Consultants 3/8/2013 10:11 update with Gary Wilhelmi
SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 29, 2016 Facebook Twitter WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with more than 3,800 organizations and family-owned enterprises sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew adamantly opposing and asking for withdrawal of the newly proposed estate tax regulations by the Department of Treasury. The proposed regulations under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code would permanently change estate planning for families that own a controlling interest in a privately-held entity. “The proposed guidance is one of the most sweeping changes to estate tax policies in the last 25 years and would be detrimental to active enterprises and family-owned businesses that employ millions of workers throughout the nation,” the letter reads. “In particular, these rules would impose significant new tax costs on family-owned businesses, diverting capital from business investment, costing jobs and threatening the ability of families to pass businesses on to the next generation of owners.”Danielle Beck, NCBA director of government affairs, said the regulations would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities, which in turn increase the tax associated with common transfers including inheritance. “These proposed regulations would eliminate or greatly reduce marketability for family related entities, effectively discouraging families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and pass them on to future generations,” said Beck. “Producers are often forced into selling land or cattle in order to pay the tax, and in some cases, are put out of business. The Administration is causing unnecessary economic harm to family businesses.”NCBA urges the Department of Treasury to withdraw the proposed estate tax regulations. Home Indiana Agriculture News Proposed Estate Tax Regulations Threaten Family Businesses Previous articleGrains Council, Renewable Fuels Association Disappointed in China DDGs DeterminationNext articleTax Deferred Savings Bill for Farmers Introduced in Congress Hoosier Ag Today Proposed Estate Tax Regulations Threaten Family Businesses
WhatsApp NewsLimerick can serve as counterweight to DublinBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2015 715 Advertisement Facebook Twitter Print Linkedin Email by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected]“We can hear the bees but we cannot see the honey”.IT MAY sound like a line from a farmyard tale, but one local councillor feels that although the county has to cope with emigration and poor broadband coverage, Limerick can become an economic counterweight to Dublin.Addressing last week-end’s meeting of the Independence Alliance, Limerick county councillor Emmett O’Brien said that he firmly believe “that while the people of Ireland may have lost faith in political parties, they have not lost interest or faith in good governance of this country.”He said that this good governance can come from the independent candidates at the next general election and the region can thrive again.“Limerick County, while social conservative, it is a dynamic constituency that can transform the Mid-West into an economic counterweight to Dublin if we are serious about regional development.“Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have formed a Grand Alliance to share the political spoils in the tried and trusted style of pork-barrel politics. This seems contrary to the spirit of the results of the last elections.“The construction industry remains on the floor and great challenges have been posed with rural isolation and the closure of Garda stations and Post offices.“Independent candidates stand in a very strong position. Fianna Fáil are increasingly seen as an irrelevant party with thousands of their traditional supporters looking for a home.“Labour is a dying force or at least mortally wounded. Sinn Fein’s quest to turn Ireland into a North European version of Cuba, without the sun and without cigars, speaks for itself.“The people of Ireland will not forget how Fine Gael who without compassion implemented austerity, dictated Irish Water to us, broke promise after promise and sold out on the Democratic Revolution.The Limerick councillor said there is “a great opportunity for the people of Ireland to abandon political cronyism, political dynasties and the old formula of political parties, and choose instead new progressive, business orientated and hardworking, Independent TDs who will represent the people free from a party whip.“I recently asked a quantity surveyor friend how business was and he replied ‘we can hear the bees but we cannot see the honey’.Very few are benefitting from the so-called economic recovery and we must ensure that not only do we deliver the honey but that we keep the bees working hard”, he said. Previous articleLimerick Call for Communion ClothesNext articleRevenue Seizes Cocaine at Shannon Airport Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
iStock/peterspiro(NEW YORK) — A 14-year-old girl battling leukemia will soon be reunited with her mom after a group of strangers fought to get her mother into the U.S. from Mexico to be with her during her treatment.Dalia Lorenza Perez was granted a temporary humanitarian waiver and allowed into the U.S. on Tuesday at the San Ysidro, California, port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) official confirmed to “Good Morning America.”Perez is now traveling to Durham, North Carolina, where her daughter, Ixcell Sandoval Perez, is being treated for relapsed leukemia at Duke University Medical Center.The upcoming reunion between the mother and daughter will mark the end of a months-long battle, led by Solidarity Now, an immigration rights advocacy group, to allow Perez to see her daughter.Ixcell was born in North Carolina, but returned to Mexico around nine years ago with her family, according to Cole Miller, founding director of Solidarity Now.She was diagnosed with leukemia last year and was treated in Tapachula, Chiapas, where her family lives, Miller told “GMA” earlier this week.When her leukemia relapsed earlier this summer, Ixcell and her mom traveled four days by bus to the border crossing at Tijuana, Mexico, in hopes of being allowed into the U.S. to seek treatment.In a video shared by Solidarity Now, Perez described being held with her daughter by border officials in a small room overnight before being turned away from entering the U.S.“I made a declaration and they asked me if I was seeking political asylum, if someone was trying to kill or persecute me,” she said. “I said, ‘No, the only reason I want to enter the United States is my daughter’s illness. She has leukemia and I brought all the papers.”Soon after Ixcell and her mom were denied entry, a relative who is a legal, permanent resident in the U.S. traveled to the border and was able to help Ixcell legally cross into the U.S., according to Miller.Ixcell then began treatment for relapsed leukemia at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.Perez continued to be denied entry into the U.S., which inspired a team of legal aid and immigration advocacy groups to work to get humanitarian parole for Perez, which would allow her to be let into the U.S. for a temporary period.“Dalia Perez was denied a U.S. non-immigrant Visa due to past immigration violations resulting in a 10-year ban on re-entering the United States,” CBP said in a statement to “GMA,” noting the agency granted Perez a temporary humanitarian waiver “after careful consideration.”While Ixcell and her mom awaited a decision, strangers from two local churches rallied to be by Ixcell’s side.The churches provided a steady stream of visitors, including bilingual speakers for Ixcell, who only speaks Spanish. They also brought her food, cards and gifts like books and crafts to keep her occupied.“I think it’s very clear how desperately she wants her mom to be with her,” said Rev. Carla Gregg-Kearns, pastor of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Cary, North Carolina, who has visited Ixcell twice in the hospital. “That is really an emotionally overwhelming experience, to go through this sort of grave illness without the support of a parent.”Gregg-Kearns’ congregation and another church in Durham also worked behind the scenes on Ixcell’s behalf, reaching out to their local congressman, Rep. David Price, for help. He sent a letter of support to the Department of Homeland Security on July 23, 2019.“You need look no further than the situation of 14-year-old Ixcell Perez, a U.S. citizen in Raleigh battling leukemia while separated from her mother in Mexico, to see that our immigration system is broken,” Price told “GMA” in a statement before CBP granted Perez a waiver. “In this heartbreaking case, I have asked immigration officials to use discretionary tools at their disposal — such as waivers and emergency humanitarian parole — to end this unnecessary suffering and reunite mother and daughter during cancer treatment.”Ixcell’s oncologist also submitted a letter to CBP officials in June requesting humanitarian parole for her mom.“Again, I want to stress that Ixcell has a relapsed cancer, which is life-threatening and requires very intensive therapy,” Dr. Michael Deel wrote in the letter, shared with “GMA” by Solidarity Now. “She is currently in the hospital with very low infection-fighting cells and fevers that is required broad-spectrum antibiotics and support.”“While I am hopeful that she will recover from this acute event, she will absolutely have medical complications like this in the months ahead,” he wrote. “For Ixcell’s physical, mental and emotional well-being, I sincerely urge you to grant humanitarian parole for her mother.”Deel’s initial request for humanitarian parole for Perez was denied on June 24, according to a notation on the letter.Both Deel and Duke University Medical Center declined to comment to “GMA” citing patient confidentiality.Ixcell also spoke out about her mom amid the appeal to allow her into the U.S.“This is about my mother. I want her to come here to take care of me because I need her,” she said in the video shared by Solidarity Now. “It’s not easy to be here without her.”Prior to Perez’s entry into the U.S., Gregg-Kearns said she and her congregation were “committed” to supporting Ixcell and even making “long-term” plans for her care, as reported by Durham ABC station WTVD.“Our main concern is Ixcell’s health and well-being and whatever that takes,” she said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.