‘We’ve been thinking about being involved in the GCC for a while, but it took some time to plan,’ explains Soha Ellaithy of Save the Children Dubai. ‘Many of our partners are multinational companies, and there are so many opportunities for [support] and collaboration in Dubai.’
The charity’s ‘Stories of Hope’ photo exhibition, unveiled on October 2 at the DIFC Atrium, is the organisation’s regional launch and the first of many projects that aim to raise awareness of the plight of children in the Middle East and beyond. The exhibition showcases a series of photos that illustrate the work that Save the Children does around the world, focusing on the Middle Eastern region. ‘There are a lot of children suffering in the world, and one of the main [and most effective] things we do to help them is to raise awareness about what kind of issues they’re facing,’ she says.
‘We thought an exhibition was the best way to do this: a picture paints a thousand words.’ With this in mind, Soha took the time to talk us through some of the striking images. ‘Stories of Hope’ continues at DIFC Atrium until October 15. www.savechildren.orgAli in Iraq
‘Children are left traumatised [by war and disaster], so we set up what we call “child-friendly spaces”. These contain plenty of toys and are staffed by volunteers and social workers – the children just play, colour, sing songs and become children again. This photo is of six-year-old Ali at a child-friendly centre set up in his school in south Iraq. Many of the children who come here have lost everything during the war. There is a lot of mental suffering and this has become an oasis in an otherwise bleak environment.’ Photo: Luca Kleve-Ruud