2021 ARKIS Blanket Drive for MWPSBH

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Today, Thursday the 28th of January, saw yet another successful community engagement initiative from Abdulrahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS). A co-ordinated and approved Blanket Drive in support of Migrant Workers Protection Society, Bahrain.  The campaign, over three weeks, saw a total over 80 blankets donated to (MWPSBH) and for which they distributed them to labour camps immediately. The Migrant Workers Protection Society is a Bahraini registered Non-profit NGO established in 2005, whose mission is to help expatriate workers achieve basic human rights in Bahrain in accordance with international standards. They aim to achieve this by creating awareness, educating, advocating, providing basic necessities (ie)food and clothing, translating, facilitating repatriation for these low-income workers. We depend solely on donations from private companies and individuals to carry out this important work. Without the community’s contributions, this work would not be possible (https://www.mwpsbahrain.com)

 

In a true show of the schools Core Values, one of the Year 11 students, Jasim Al Doseri took it upon himself to knit a double size blanket, within the three-week campaign period. Talking about his experience Jasim noted, “Hand knitting a blanket was never a thing in my “to do list.” I have always strived to achieve bigger things from starting a company, to helping kids in undeveloped countries but knitting a blanket was not my priority at all. While I was scrolling through Instagram to enlighten myself with productive things to do, I saw the post about the blanket drive on @ARKIS, and the donation that will be made towards migrant workers via the local NGO @MWPS. It looked like a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and struggles that migrant workers have faced and put into Bahrain for many years and especially during the pandemic.  Being away from their home countries for a better job or opportunity and work every day with minimum resources is always something I relate too. My aim of hand knitting a blanket was to learn the value of giving, care for others and remind myself to not be sucked into this selfish world. This experience really taught me how to sit down and wait for the outcome. To be patient and trust the process. To be calm and believe in the power of change. It helped me as much as I hope the blanket will support someone else and I realise that this is just as big and important as things on my “bucket list”- the ability to give to the community is something always important to me.” 

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