Dubai art programme to support orphans and minors

The programme, called Sela (connection), is in response to the Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors, launched recently by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai.

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A programme to provide moral and social support to orphans and minors and help integrate them into the community has been launched by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikha Manal is president of the UAE Gender Balance Council and wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The programme, called Sela (connection), is in response to the Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors, launched recently by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

“By following the example set by our wise leadership, our country is a world leader in the field of humanitarian and charitable work, made possible through the impressive philanthropic campaigns that run year round,” Sheikha Manal said.

“At the heart of this achievement lies the ongoing tradition of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to launch social and charity initiatives during Ramadan. It is truly heartening to witness the enthusiastic participation of so many to these initiatives as a testament to the philanthropic disposition of UAE nationals.”

Sela will utilise art workshops to nurture youngsters’ talent, increase social interaction between peers and assist in recovery from psychological trauma.

“Drawings have the ability to reveal the innermost thoughts of a child and are a means of communicating ideas, feelings, and solutions in a way other than verbally or written,” Sheikha Manal said.

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