DOHA: Five differently-abled artists from the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists association will feature in this year’s edition of Message of Hope organised by HOPE Qatar centre for children with special needs.
They will be involved in a series of workshops, live painting events and art exhibition at the Qatar Foundation Education City’s HBKU Student Centre and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCU-Q) during the first week of February.
The artists who do not have hands or have lost the use of their hands create world class paintings with their mouth or foot.
The programme includes special workshops on February 6 and 7, including sessions for students of schools and colleges, corporate, business, arts and craft-related audiences, special sessions for VCU-Q students and a session for the general public.
There will also be an All Qatar Painting competition for students who will create work of arts without using their hands.
As in the past, these programmes are expected to leave a lasting impression on the audiences on the key message that if given the right opportunities at the right time, children with special needs can become successful in life.
HOPE Qatar has been organising the Message of HOPE series of events since 2010 with the objective of creating awareness in society about the abilities of persons with special needs.
While the 2010 edition of the event featured Sujeet Desai, an internationally acclaimed youth ambassador for disabilities who has Down’s syndrome, the 2011 edition featured Nick Vujicic, the globally famous motivational speaker who does not have either hands or legs.
Meanwhile, Gokulam Park Doha has signed an agreement with HOPE Qatar to be the official hotel partner of the current edition of the Message of HOPE events.
“We are happy to be chosen as the official hotel partner of HOPE and we are pleased to be able to support HOPE in its endeavour as we believe in the impact of HOPE’s Message,” said Gokul K C, General Manager of Gokulam Park Doha.
“We understand that the abilities of children with special needs in society are limited only by lack of opportunities,” he added.
More information about the event can be had from firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hope-qatar.org/moh.htm