Syrian refugee children to showcase kite making at DIHAD 2017

DUBAI, 3rd March, 2017 (WAM) — Kites and other paper artworks made by Syrian orphans and refugee children will be showcased at the 14th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition, DIHAD, as part of the “Fly for Peace” initiative.

DIHAD will take place from the 21st to 23rd March at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre under the theme, “The impact of crises and disaster on children.”

NRS International and its charitable arm Bilqees Sarwar Foundation have partnered this year with DIHAD to host the event.

The CSR initiative aims to highlight the importance of education during times of emergency and to promote the concept of peace through the creativity of refugee children. An exhibition will display images from the activity, which will include kite flying at an orphanage for refugee children.

Seventy-five Syrian refugee children, aged between 8 and 12 years living in an orphanage in the Turkish city of Gazinatep, will decorate kites to reflect their dreams and visions for the future.

On 12th March, a workshop on how to make and colour a kite will be held, followed by a kite-flying session on the same day.

Children, roughly 25 percent of the planet’s population, represent 100 percent of planet’s future. A malnourished, uneducated and traumatised child will not be tomorrow’s happy, healthy and productive adult.

To highlight the importance and urgency of meeting the needs of children in crises and disasters, DIHAD’s International Scientific Advisory Board has decided that this theme will continue for the conference from 21st to 23rd March. By bringing together national, regional and international actors, useful ideas are expected to be exchanged, best practices shared, and most importantly, sustainable partnerships made or strengthened to benefit the children.

The gathering will include government decision makers, international organisations, non-government organisations, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, foundations, charities, academic institutions, the media and an increasing number of practitioners from the private sector.

The DIHAD 2017 Conference Programme will review critical issues related to children and conflict, including the consequences, traumas and the lasting scars derived from living in, and fleeing from, a war zone. These issues will be discussed and complementary actions will be identified and proposed.

Source: Emirates News Agency