The exhibition containing around thirty drawings, all done by children aged between 6 and 16, have already been seen at galleries in over than 25 destinations across the UK including London, France-Paris and more recently the charity has been invited to Harvard university in the US as one of the leading charities in changing lives in the Middle East. The exhibition founder is Rawda Abdel Kafi Mazloum, a mother of four from the Syrian city of Homs, now living in a refugee camp in Eastern Lebanon and Baraa Ehssan Kouja a Syrian refugee in the UK, the founder and director of “From Syria With Love”.
“This is an opportunity for ordinary Syrians to tell their stories through art, and for ordinary Britons to develop a fuller understanding of what Syrian refugees are facing” said Baraa.
The children who have created the drawings are all living in 4 small refugee camps near the Lebanese town of Chtaura in the Bekaa valley. Lebanon, a country the size of Cornwall, has accepted over 1.5 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country in the world. In the four camps where Rawda works, around 1100 people live in 149 tents, among them 270 children. There is some infrastructure in the camps, and support from a local charity called Al Abrar, but many needs go unmet. The charity so far has raised over than £31K from donations and the sale of prints, which has supported hundreds of families in different ways including Emergencies, Education, Empowerment and Releif. “A little money can go a long way in Lebanon” Baraa said. “These children are living in very poor conditions with insufficient sanitation, with temperatures dropping below zero at night. Some of them have places in local schools, some not. Most are with their families, at least. One poor boy is from a Palestinian family who fled their original homes in 1947, and had to flee their Syrian homes after the civil war started – he’s a refugee twice over!”
Rawda said “I’m just a mother trying to help the children.
Drawings on display during usual opening hours.
Saturday 1st April: 10.00 to 11.30 invitation only event – viewing, presentation and conversation with Baraa Kouja (Founder and Director of FSWL). Caarjyn Cooidjagh will sing in Manx Gaelic.
2.30p.m. Presentation – Baraa Kouja. No booking required. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat!
Sunday 2nd April – 10.30a.m. Presentation – Baraa Kouja. No booking required.
7.30p.m. to midnight – fundraising concert, with an address from Baraa Kouja, and opportunity to view the pictures.