The Orphan Care Centre (Dreama), which comes under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW), recently marked Arab Child Day 2019 under the slogan 'Different, but we are one'. Arab Child Day is observed on October 1 every year on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Palestinian child Mohamed al-Durrah, who was shot by Israeli occupation forces on September 30, 2000, Dreama said in a press statement.
A number of activities, events and workshops are held every year reflecting the cultures of the Arab world. These activities aim to introduce other Arab cultures to the community in order to have a convergence of views, strengthen ties of co-existence and understanding with children of the world, and highlight the importance of unity and cohesion among Arab peoples, the statement notes. Dreama concluded this year's celebration at Mall of Qatar with the participation of the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre (Aman), Family Counselling Centre (Wifaq), Shafallah Centre, Best Buddies Qatar and Al Noor Centre, under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW).
The occasion was marked by a number of awareness activities related to childhood and family, in a pleasant and happy atmosphere. Children from Dreama were keen to attend the celebration, which included spreading awareness messages among members of the community on the dangers of social discrimination and promoting a positive view of orphans, and that the responsibility towards orphans was a responsibility of the community.
Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser al-Misnad, executive director of Dreama, said the celebration of Arab Child Day comes within the framework of caring for children and preserving their dignity, based on the fundamental fact that children are the nucleus of a community's happiness and the most valuable treasures of the country. She added that Dreama continues to spread awareness among all segments of the community on childhood, a task undertaken by institutions and centres working under the umbrella of QFSW.
Nour al-Mohannadi, director of the Social Awareness Office at Dreama, noted that the annual celebration of Arab Child Day stems from a sense of responsibility and partnership to serve the targeted group. She highlighted the specific community initiatives that give children attention and priority, and works to build their personality, empower them, develop their skills and give them full rights and opportunities, which make them knowledgeable persons able to serve their country and community. Dreama has been celebrating Arab Child Day over the past years.