على قدر أهل العزم تأتي العزائم …… وتأتي على قدر أهل الكرام المكارم وتعظم في عين الصغير صغارها ……. وتصغر في عين العظيم العظائم
The words of Abi Al-Taieb Al-Moutanabi, one of the greatest Arabic language poets, brought many questions to my mind: how can I be a positive human in society? How can I change myself and change others? How can I change? Where do I start? Many questions resonated inside me, and I often tried to give myself a day or a season to put my desire for change into action, but that day always passed before I could take action.
In November 2013, I was invited to attend a workshop about the art of reading aloud to children, run by We Love Reading in the city of Aqaba. I attended this workshop out of curiosity, and this curiosity was transformed to a question, ingrained in my mind. Can reading stories aloud to children transform a child’s negative behavior into something that would promote the revolution of reading?
After a week of participating in this initiative I started to think about another serious step for a project that promotes the love of reading. We started looking for a place in which we could launch this project and the first place to be selected was a place of prayer for females in the mosque of “Jaafar bin Abi-Talib” in the district of Al-Ramil. The project at the beginning included 20 children and later on, the number went up as high as 50 children, ranging from 5 year olds to 15 year olds. Reading sessions took place once a week for these children.