Vulnerable children are shown the "colours of strength" in Egypt
Alwan wa Awtar aims to target young people in marginalised communities who have little or no access to after-school activities such as performing arts, music and visual art. At the Alwan wa Awtar centre young people are encouraged to explore their creative potential and intellectual abilities in a stimulating non-judgmental environment.
Many of the children supported by Azza and her team have also experienced some form of abuse – physical, psychological or sexual – and so the centre provides them with a safe haven where they can come to terms with some of the things that have happened to them, build their confidence and be surrounded by people they trust and who respect them.
Unfortunately, during the summer of 2014 – after Tim West met with Azza in Mexico – Alwan wa Awtar has had to temporarily cease its activities. They have been told they have to move out of the building they have been based in for over eight years. Azza and her team plan to continue their work as soon as they have managed to relocate to a different premises.