Kawthar

2018-11-02T23:52:42+00:00

"My dad had bought it for me and I wore it everywhere. When he passed away, I stopped wearing it – I was too scared it would break and with it, my memories of him would be crushed. I’ll wear it for you today, so you can take a photo" . . . My name is Kawthar. I visited the shrines of the Imams with my family one year. We walked around the market and I saw a beautiful red hairclip. It was the most beautiful thing in the shop. I asked my mum if I could buy it – but I already knew the answer. It was 3,500 dinars – that amount could feed our entire family for a day. The following morning, when I woke up I saw the red hairclip on my pillow. I couldn’t believe it! My dad had bought it for me and I wore it everywhere. When he passed away, I stopped wearing it – I was too scared it would break and with it, my memories of him would be crushed. I’ll wear it for you today, so you can take a photo – but please be careful with it. When my father died, I was 4 years old.

Al-Qasim

2018-11-02T23:56:00+00:00

It’s always a spectacle when Al-Qassim drops into our office, with employees gathering around him to see his latest pieces... --- Meet Al-Qassim Al-Qassim is a gifted artist. It’s easy for a skill like his to get lost. His home situation is dire: his father passed away when he was 4, his mother abandoned them and they were left in poverty. His aunt, who now looks after them, is naturally more concerned with feeding and clothing the children than with honing their skills. He receives no support from school: his art teacher reads the newspaper during lessons, unwilling to teach a subject that is so undervalued. A sponsorship with Al-Ayn covers all the basics, but we look beyond that too. We want the children to achieve their full potential. That’s why we’ve always supported Al-Qassim, giving him the art supplies he requires and encouraging him to nurture his talent. It’s always a spectacle when Al-Qassim drops into our office, with employees gathering around him to see his latest pieces. We’ve loved watching Al-Qassim grow as an artist. He says he wants to change the world through art: he organises environmental campaigns and paints murals encouraging people to save water and to recycle. We’re proud of who he has become.