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Every act of kindness (no matter how small) is beautiful. We have traditions from Imam Ali (as) that state we should not be shy to give a little, as giving nothing is less than that.

This week marks the beginning of #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek which aims to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This years theme is #ExpressYourself and what better way to do that then through the story of Zahra!

Meet Zahra

Zahra, 18 is brilliant in every way. She is kind and an academically gifted young woman outperforming her peers. But her talents don’t end there. She is also an artist and draws beautiful mandalas, abstract images and portraits which are hung up in pride of place in the Al-Ayn offices in Najaf. Zahra’s father was a medical student when he died, and Zahra dreams of following in his footsteps. Your #SmallActsOfKindness are transforming children’s lives who have suffered through loss and poverty. Many of whom are struggling with poor mental health with little access to support. Thank you.

Inspired by Zahra, why not give ‘Mandala Art’ a go?

Mandala Art is a pattern that is created with many small dots. In its most simple form, it is constructed of several geometrical shapes that make up a beautiful pattern.

Atoms are the building blocks for everything in this universe. Atoms are very small. So small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are also very light in weight. Just like atoms, #SmallActsOfKindness can have a BIG positive impact.

Download and print your free drawing inspired by the Quranic verse to get you started. Please do share your own creative attempts by emailing them to: [email protected]

7 #SmallActsofKindness You Can Do For Free!

#BeKind to yourself! Focus on creating goals that will improve your mental health.

Dedicate a moment for gratitude and reflection to count your blessings.

Give the gift of a genuine compliment to a friend, family member or colleague.

Remind a loved one of how much they mean to you through an act of service.

Check in with a person you have not spoken to since the pandemic changed our lives.

Share a tip with a friend that is helping you through this challenging period.

Smile often (even if it is hidden under a mask)!