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AUIS Moulakis Library's Artful Mind Project Empowers Female Orphans Through Creativity and Education

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 09:00
The Artful Mind project, led by the AUIS Moulakis Library, has successfully empowered female orphans at the Sulaimaniyah Female Orphanage through a series of engaging activities. This community initiative, led by Ms. Halbast Abdullah, the Manager of Moulakis Library, aimed to inspire orphans to discover their talents and embrace new opportunities.
Halbast Abdulah shared, "The dwindling number of community projects inspired me to initiate this endeavor. My goal is to empower children and teenagers at the Sulaymaniyah Orphanage, providing them opportunities to pursue their dreams."
The project, supported by the AUIS community, unfolded in multiple sessions, each designed to provide a unique and enriching experience for the orphans. In the first session, held at the Sulaimaniyah Female Orphanage, the orphans engaged in painting and reading activities. Painting supplies and books were provided, along with thoughtful gifts, fostering creativity and providing additional resources for the children.
The second session took place at the Moulakis Library on the AUIS campus. This session included activities such as English lectures, reading and discussions, art activities, and puzzling. The orphans not only had the opportunity to explore the university environment but also received gifts at the end of the project.
Nwa Abdullah, one of the volunteers, emphasized, "All it takes is sometimes the art, the community, and the care we have for each other, and all of these were mainly prevalent in the activities completed in this project."
Diverse activities marked the third session, featuring reading and discussion, an English lecture, art activities, face painting, dance, and music engagements. The Hiwa Foundation generously donated books in Kurdish for the reading session. AUIS student volunteer Raha Ahmed played a crucial role in guiding the girls during the reading and discussion session.
The fourth session incorporated an English lecture, reading, painting, and a unique activity—jewelry making. Ms. Kani Abdulatif, a jewelry designer, imparted valuable skills, aiming to equip the orphans with practical knowledge for potential future careers. The session ended with the distribution of clothes, meeting the orphanage's specific needs.
The fifth session introduced a meditation session, teaching the orphans stress management and relaxation techniques. Ms. Mahmoud Sherzad guided the session, and the orphans suggested having more such sessions in the future. School bags with supplies were provided, and a visit to the male orphanage was conducted.
At the project's conclusion, certificates were awarded to the orphans and volunteers, acknowledging their significant contributions. The Artful Mind project exemplifies the commitment of AUIS and its community to making a positive impact through creativity, education, and thoughtful engagement.
Parwa Abubakir, one of the volunteers, shared, "Engaging in these projects has enriched my sense of community and provided valuable experiences. The collaborative nature of the initiatives has deepened my connection and broadened my perspective on the positive impact libraries can have. I look forward to continued involvement."