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Karam commented on When words are just not enough.

Hello Salma! Absolutely beautiful idea! I completely agree with the notion that art possesses the power to heal, rehabilitate and brighten childrens' outlook for a more positive future. I have submitted a contribution in the "research" phase that involves using arabic calligraphy as a rehabilitative art form. I can definitely see this project extending to Pakistan since Urdu uses arabic letters. Here is my research contribution in more detail: https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/research/rehabilitation-of-children-through-cultivation-of-creative-outlets. I have already sent out a custom curriculum to an NGO, Watanili, currently operating in Turkey and working directly with Syrian refugees and the month of June will be the beginning of its implementation. I would love it if we could perhaps collaborate on an idea that umbrellas all creative skills, from arts and crafts to gardening, that can help children and refugees alike become more motivated to make a difference in the world. I look forward to hearing from you!

Hello Karina, my research entry involves using arabic calligraphy as a form of therapy for refugee children and adults. I have high hopes that this art form will help cultivate their thirst for creativity and also bring a sense of what they can be truly capable of when given the chance. I am thinking about collaborating with a few other non academic related ideas with the hopes of maybe forming a creative workshop. what do you think?

brilliant idea! definitely teaches the merit of hard work and the importance of cooperation. I was thinking of launching an "umbrella" idea that would involve fostering non-academia type skills that reinforce creativity and other essential skills that would be useful for refugees in the real world. Love this idea! Good job