The Story of Hamzeh Abu Slaih, our reading ambassador in Madaba, Jordan
Gather the kids around, pick a book from your bag, read out the words, show the drawings and the pictures, spread the happiness everywhere, and little by little you’ll feel the happiness filling you from within drawing the smile on your face and the children’s faces. Don’t stop wherever you are, at whatever time, just Read. The We Love Reading magical kit contains 25 story that takes you to another world. In this story, you’ll find out the beauty that lies behind our program. Hamzeh Saber Abu Slaih our reading ambassador from Madaba, Jordan, took the We Love Reading training but was too busy to read for children even though he always believed in We Love Reading. When he decided to go for Umrah to Mecca, he had the most brilliant idea of giving the children a spiritual fun memory.
When Hamzeh came back from Umrah, he headed to the We Love Reading head office in Amman to tell us the story. Hamzeh said “I took the stories with me from Amman because I wanted to read for children in the Meccan Sanctuary. There are always religious circles there, but I decided to give the children the time of their lives with a We Love Reading circle. When I started, there were 2 children, but they kept coming and coming. The most beautiful thing was having children from different backgrounds all together having fun and enjoying a good story. I had three stories with me but the children wanted more and more and I kept on repeating the stories without them getting bored”. About his feelings, Hamzeh said “In the beginning, I was hesitant and afraid that the children would not enjoy the reading circle, but after the first book, I felt that Id accomplished something. I felt that I left a memory in their hearts that would last forever and I know they’ll connect this beautiful memory to this great place of worship. This really made me happy when I saw their happiness about something that is missing in their life, Reading”.