Dina Almawed from Ein Alhelweh camp/ Lebanon. Started reading on Sat 3/2/2019, shared her reading photos with high enthusiasm and excitement.
How did she know about the program?
Actually all of this had happened by a coincidence! I was opening the website of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I saw the interview with the wonderful Dr. Rana Dajani talking about this initiative. I was really impressed and I opened your website and knew that I can be a volunteer in this especially that I live in an area where children are suffering on many aspects.
What was the impact of the initiative on her personality and on the children?
Thu 5/16/2019 3:46 PM
What makes me really satisfied is the feeling I have every gathering!. I know that I am doing a great initiative to the disadvantaged children in my camp!. They suffer a lot. Some of them has faced traumas and experienced bad events and situations (due to the clashes). I touched that through their behavior the very first time I met them. The first session was the hardest. The children didn’t know me much at that time and were laughing about ‘the idea’ of reading them a story. While I was reading, I noticed that children were bringing chairs and sat to hear me. I reread the story that time (خوّيف) twice!
After I had finished, they asked me eagerly about the time of our next session. This initiative is one of a kind in our camp and I feel as a leader in my community. This gives me higher responsibility to pick up a good story for children that has a good moral to learn from every gathering.
In addition to that, I am an organized person but also the sessions’ readings has given me the commitment to gather the children the time we decide every week.
I am really grateful to be a part of this community 🙂
Thank you “We Love Reading”!
~ Dina Al Mawed