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Over 40 children, parents take part in Hope Qatar Centre’s special art fest

Over 40 children, parents take part in Hope Qatar Centre’s special art fest

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
MORE than 40 children took part in a special creative and art activities led by NC Events WLL organised for the students of Hope Qatar Centre for Differently-Abled Children & Youth held at Ritz Carlton Doha on Saturday.
The event in which family members of the students also participated, was graced by the Third Secretary at the Indian Embassy Qatar Sona Soman, Head of Consular Services and External Events Bhumeshwar Padala and President of Indian Cultural Center (ICC) A P Manikantan.
Also present were renowned Qatari artist and children’s book illustrator Lina al Ali, NC Events Sponsor Mohammad Saif al Marri and popular Indian artists Archana Bhardwaj and Shihar Hamza.
Speaking on the occasion, NC Events Founder and ICC Management Committee member Nirmala Shanmugapandian said the concept of the event is inspired by their desire to show love and care to the children. She said, “This is one of my dreams to help and be close to children. They deserve love and special care and that’s why we organised this event.”
The participants were assisted by Hope Qatar staff and Nirmala during the art activities wherein they were encouraged to have fun and explore various colours and shapes using tools provided.
Dr Rajeev Mathew Thomas, founder and Advisory Board member of Hope Qatar, said, “Hope Qatar Centre has been in Doha for the last 14 years and we provide help, opportunity, participation and education to the differently-abled children of all communities. We have children from the age group of 2 ½ all the way to 18 and 20. They are in various classes based on their intellectual abilities. At Hope, we strongly believe that giving children whatever diverse opportunities and exposure is possible, is key to their ability to grow and succeed in life. We consider art as one of the forms of therapy. We also use art extensively within our school to provide students with various benefits, including calming them down sometimes and to develop their fine motor skills.”
He also added, “There are so many hidden benefits of art as well. When NC events came out and proposedto conduct a programme for us through their main artist Nirmala, we grabbed the opportunity. I got in touch with Ritz Carlton who has always been a supporter of our events and they were very gracious to provide us with the venue.”
Dr Thomas added that Hope Qatar looks forward to the other programmes in their school calendar mainly aimed at engaging further their students with various activities in the community.

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