Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 06, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Dumyé and Start Team Up To Help Disadvantaged Children in the UAE.
Dumyé children’s brand leads first doll-making therapeutic art workshop for bereaved children.
Handmade cloth doll designer Dumyé ran its first therapeutic art workshop for orphans and foster children on June 28th at the Maria Art Center in Sharjah.
Working in collaboration with Start, a non-profit organisation founded by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation, Dumyé gave girls and boys from the Social Care Centre the opportunity to create their own dolls. The children, aged from four to 15 years, each received a blank organic cotton-stuffed doll and various craft supplies to make it their own. Children younger then four years got to choose from a selection of ready-made dolls.
The workshop marks the first time Dumyé has made good on its brand pledge to gift a doll to a child in need for every one it sells. Founder Sahar Wahbeh said the day was filled with discovery and laughter.
“I was so encouraged by the smiles on the children’s faces,” said Wahbeh. “They openly shared their passions, their ideas, their dreams of who they want to become. And when you are talking about a group of boys and girls who have been abandoned by their families, removed from abusive homes, or waiting out their parents’ release from jail, this could not be more important. Because through those conversations we hear hope. It is our mission to bring love and light not just to our children, but the children who have not been spoken for. Today, we have done just that. As the world embraces Dumyé , our workshops will touch more lives and in more countries."
"What an amazing morning,” said Start Director Nicole Lee. “Our students from Social Care Centre loved the Dumyé workshop and the opportunity to make their own doll heroes. There was lots of creativity, fun and smiles. I cannot wait to continue working with DUMYÉ to bring this joy to more children across all our locations."
Dumyé’s workshops are also helping to empower, educate and employ women in one of the most poverty-stricken states in India. Although Sahar Wahbeh personally designs and, with the help of an assistant, hand-sews every Dumyé doll she sells, the dolls she brought to the Maria Art Center were created through an NGO in Uttar Pradesh.
Dumyé dolls are hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and machine washable. Each doll body is handmade with 100% organic cotton and filled with sustainable corn fiber stuffing. The dolls’ clothing is designed with mostly natural fibers and the felt used for their hair is made out of 100% post consumer plastic.
To find more details on Dumyé or to personalize a doll visit www.dumye.com
Dumyé designs beautiful, eco-friendly, limited edition dolls, handcrafted with Karmic Goodness™. Each doll is made to order, personalized with a choice of clothing, body colour, hair and eye colour, and hairstyle. Customers can also add a monogrammed heart to the doll’s chest, and even write a meaningful message for her to carry safely in her Purpose Pocket™. The best part: for every doll purchased, Dumyé will gift a doll to one of the millions of orphaned children around the world. These are truly Dolls With Purpose™. For more information, visit www.Dumye.com.
About Sahar Wahbeh
Sahar Wahbeh is the Founder and Creative Director of Dumyé. An American from a Lebanese and Palestinian background, she spent much of her career as an award-winning designer and branding consultant in New York City and Dubai. After becoming a mother to an enchanting little girl, Sahar decided to focus on her passion—using the power of design to shape our world for the better.
She launched Dumyé in June 2013 and, since then, Sahar and her Dolls With Purpose™ have been featured as the ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Harper’s Bazaar Middle East, and showcased in numerous other publications, including Grazia Middle East, Global Citizens, Style.com/Arabia, VIVA. Most recently Ahlan! Magazine acknowledged Sahar in its 2014 annual ‘Hot 100’ for being one of the leaders in shaping the UAE landscape. It is Sahar’s hope that, through Dumyé, she will play a part in leaving our children a world that is better than the one we were born into.
Start is a non-profit organization, established by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation, which facilitates art workshops for disadvantaged children across the Middle East and India. Every week, Start organizes over 50 workshops for more than 1,000 children in refugee camps, orphanages and special needs centers across Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, India and the UAE. Start’s mission is to heal and educate children who have suffered through war, pain and loss, and to help them create a future as rich and free as their imaginations.
As Start ambassadors, Sahar and Dumyé support the organization’s programme, by working with children who are already in their workshops. With your support they will be able to reach more children, changing more lives, and bringing more hope.
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