How to Make a Diamond Kite

  1. Take a big piece of lightweight newspaper and draw a perfect square on it.
  2. Open the paper and place your wooden dowel vertically on the fold line to make the spine.
  3. Place another dowel horizontally across the first dowel above the center of the paper to make the spar, forming 90-degree angles with the spine Secure the two dowels together by reinforcing the intersecting area with string and tape. You may also want to use a glue gun to ensure that the frame is securely attached.
  4. Place dowel along the edges attach them securely to the paper. Alternatively, tie strings to the two main dowels and connecting all corners along the edges. Glue and tape string into folded edges. Cut off all the excess paper.
  5. After you’ve secured the kite structure, reinforce the kite by adding more tape to the edges and center of the kite.
  6. Make two holes in the tape holding the vertical dowel in the middle, a few inches above the center point to prepare to tie a string to the dowel. Next, use the same method to make two more holes below the centerline.
  7. Feed a string through both sets of holes and tie them to the dowel on each end leaving a little slack, creating the keel of the kite.
  8. Use a strip of cloth attached to the bottom of the kite to make a tail for the kite. This helps the kite to fly with added stability.
  9. Tie a long string to the keel string, which you will hold to control and fly your kite. You may have it rolled up on a piece of wooden broom handle. Now your creation is ready to fly!

Instructions taken from: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Diamond-Kite

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Join us at the Peace & Justice Center (60 Lake St, Burlington) this Thursday at 7:30pm as we hear from Meg Audette-Nikolic about her experiences living in Jerusalem and working in Palestinian territories. Ms. Audette-Nikolic will speak about the region at this moment in history, including how moderate Palestinians and Israelis are responding to a crisis fueled by extremist beliefs. The current crisis in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Israel is creating untold hardship for civilians. In the Gaza Strip, the ongoing Israeli operation “Protective Edge” has resulted in a high number of casualties, the majority of whom are civilian according to the United Nations. In the West Bank, there have been ongoing search and arrest campaigns carried out by Israeli Security Forces on Palestinian cities and towns on a regular basis. In Israel, in spite of the protection afforded by the government’s Iron Dome defense system, civilians across the country are experiencing disruptions in their everyday lives due to rocket attacks. In the middle of this crisis are ordinary civilians on all sides that are living in a climate of fear, separation, and misinformation.

Meg Audette-Nikolic is an international aid worker with more than six years’ experience working in the Palestinian territories. Since she first went to work in the Middle East in 2003, she has worked on development and relief initiatives funded by the US government, the European Union, and AusAID in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In her current work with the United Nations Agency for Relief and Works for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Meg works on strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation. A graduate of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Meg is committed to finding just solutions to global inequality and poverty and has additionally worked in Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, the Balkans, and Southeast Asia. She and her husband Ivan live in Jerusalem and own a house in Essex Junction.

Please note that Ms. Audette-Nikolic is not a spokesperson for UNRWA or the United Nations. The views and opinions shared at this event do not reflect official United Nations positions. For further information on UNRWA, please visit www.unrwa.org.