Community Project All Criteria Criterion A Child Orphanage The first child orphanages were established around the 18th century. Child orphanages are for children or others that are separated from their biological family. Orphanages are a residential institution or group home where the children get taken care of. The orphanages want to support the children in their educational and life-skills pursuits which the parents of the child couldn’t, didn’t or weren’t able to do. Mostly, children are taken into orphanageswhen the parents are deceased, abuse the child, have a mental illness that is detrimental to the child or, the most common reason that children are in an orphanage, the parents are not willing to take care of their child. The first orphanages were meant to feed the hungry. Only later full care was provided. The first orphanage in Dubai is a 140 million dirham project. It was inspired by a proposal on twitter. The project is called “Family Village” and was one of many suggestions. The children that will live in the “Family Village” come from the Latifa Hospital, dozens of children live there. The children will get taken care of by “mothers” and “aunties”. They hope that there will be one “grandmother” that watches over everyone. Hundreds of children will be living divided into 12 villas. Most of the children that live in Latifa Hospital were abandoned outside mosques or homes. Abu Dhabi and Sharjah already have government orphanages but Dubai doesn’t. Only Emiratis can take in abandoned children, who receive UAE nationality. Adoption is not forbidden in Islam. A person is not allowed to take away a child's sense of his own biological lineage and biological rights. Prophet Muhammad, who is said to have reared a child who was unrelated to him, reportedly said: "The best house is a house in which an orphan is well-treated, and the worst house is a house in which an orphan is badly treated. "According to the US Department of State, which monitors the numbers of US adoptions from each country, it appears Muslim countries are among the more difficult countries to adopt from". Half of the people, that are waiting for adoption are single women over 40 and families with children. The adoption program has strict eligibility criteria. Adoptive parents must be Emirati nationals. Married couples are supposed to be over 25 years old, and single women over 30. Single men are not allowed to adopt. In the UAE, abandoned children are often the product of illicit relationships or sexual assaults that result in the pregnancy of migrant workers. Sex outside of marriage is illegal in the UAE, so the women many of whom are unable to travel to their home countries - often conceal their pregnancies and then abandon their babies. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Family Village orphanage in Al Warqa, Dubai. He had a tour through the building which includes a kindergarten and entertainment and health facilities. He had an opportunity to meet and speak with some children. According to some sources, Sheikh Mohammed was happy to visit this place. “All orphan children are our sons and daughters, and caring for them is part of our religious, moral and governmental duties,” he said. He signed a commemorative plaque inscribed with a quote of his in the administration building and added: “We are happy to see the children living in a family environment and receiving all kinds of care and interest from alternative mothers and aunts.” Sheikh Mohammed later tweeted: “In the UAE, orphans are not alone.” For our community project we are going to put up two boxes; one in the primary school building and the second one in the secondary school building. We are going to collect old toys from students in the school who are willing to give them. We are also going to find people outside of school to donate toys that they don’t use anymore. There are four places in Dubai where we can donate the toys so we are going to call the places and ask them if they want the toys. We will offer to come there and play half a day with the kids and maybe teach them to draw or how to play with the toys. We hope to bring joy to the children and give them the toys of their dreams. We want to show them that we care about them and that every single child means something to us. Bibliography: Fisher, Amanda. “Adopting Orphans and Breaking Taboos in Dubai.” UAE News | Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera, 6 Mar. 2015, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/adopting-orphans-breaking-tab oos-dubai-15030208 0741099.html. staff, The National. “Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Inaugurates Dubai's Family Village Orphanage - in Pictures.” The National,The National, 24 June 2015, https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/sheikh-mohammed-bin-rashi d-inaugurates-dubai -s-family-village-orphanage-in-pictures-1.103885. Criterion B We have made a diary to write down all our present and future steps. We have made a timeline to have a good view of what needs to be done and by when. By the end of this week, we want to reach out by phone to orphanages to ask if we can donate toys - and if our planning would suit theirs. We will compose a list of orphanages in Dubai for us to call, the more we call the greater the chances are that we will be accepted by one. To be organized and prepared we will have a script so that we know exactly what we are saying when we call them. We will call the orphanages under the supervision of Mr. Wilson. We will then visit the one orphanage that is in most need of toys. The one orphanage that we will visit will be chosen from the whole group. As of this Sunday, we will be painting and putting up boxes in order to collect toys to donate to the orphanage. We will also arrange a meeting with the head of primary school, Mr.Gauthier to see if he can help us promote this action by telling children about it in an assembly and maybe even be able to inform the parents about it. If we get a chance we might also speak to the parents and children ourselves. We will also do small presentations during reading time in order to promote our idea to secondary school pupils. This is how we will be able to raise attention to our project. Most of the boxes will be placed in the primary section as the kids there will probably have more toys to bring. At the same time, we will also be making and designing posters to put around both primary and secondary schools in order to remind people to donate any spare toys. It will be like an advertisement. The boxes will be in school from 26.01 on and collected with all the donated toys on Thursday the 30th of January. Between the 1st and 4th of February, we will be visiting the orphanage to meet the kids and give them the toys we have collected. Prior to that, we will be making ‘photo permission slips’ which can be signed by the people working at the orphanage to allow us to take pictures of the children and them receiving the toys the students in school donated. We have had meetings with Mr. Wilson, our supervisor, and talked about the things we have achieved and about the things that will have to be achieved. We have talked in the group too and divided a few tasks that have to be done in order that everything works out well. We have a very good plan of how we will advertise our project and we came to good conclusions. Criterion C -Taking action into the plan -Start preparing your notes for the exhibition Mona had contact with Dr. Aalla (We are not sure how her name is spelled) to inform her about the project and make an appointment. She wanted us to come on the second of February, but because we couldn't miss school we had to switch the date to the first of February - 11 AM. On Saturday the first of February, we went to visit the Family Village Orphanage. Mona and Nuray left together from Mona’s house - Mona’s dad drove them. On the way to the orphanage, they picked up Saltanat from the boarding school and drove to the Orphanage. Piper’s mom brought her to the orphanage separately. All of the donations were ready to be donated to the orphans. They were washed, ironed, disinfected and put in bags or boxes. When Mona first called the Family Village Orphanage she was not told how old the children were. Later (2 days before the planned visit!) she got to know that the children were at the age of 12 to 18. Therefore we had to immediately change our plan and collect things that were more suitable for these ages. Saltanat and Nuray have collected a few things from the boarding to give to the orphanage. The boys have given us about 4 bags of clothing, mostly football jerseys which were perfect because at first there was a lack of boys items. Saltanat washed everything and ironed all the clothes. However, it seemed there was a slight miscommunication. When Piper arrived at 11.00, the security said that no one has informed them about our visit. When Mona, Nuray, and Saltanat arrived we were able to go inside the orphanage and had to sit in the waiting area. We were greeted by a lady but she was very confused about why we were there because nobody had informed her. The lady then called Dr.Aalla. Mona was on the phone with Dr. Aalla and explained why we were there, but Dr. Aalla had forgotten that we moved the day to the first of February. Because of the miscommunication, we were not able to go and visit the children or take photo evidence. Luckily we took pictures outside of the orphanage. We were able to give all of the things the students in school donated into the boxes. The friendly lady who welcomed us was very thankful and was going to pass it on to the orphans. Two days after the visit Dr. Aalla sent Mona a message to apologize for the misunderstanding. She also said she was very thankful for the many gifts. She loved our generosity and wished us a further pleasant life. Criterion D We worked hard for our project, and in my opinion we succeeded our goals. After investigating and designing our work, we took an action. We collaborated with our group and demonstrated understanding through our actions. Mostly every student took responsibility to their work and finished everything before deadline. But, we got issues with our teammate Piper, who did not want to participate and finish her own work. Me, Mona and Nuray tried to make everything comfortable for her participation. Orphanages are places, where children under age 18 can live and grow up. Those children do not have parents, that are able to live with them. Sometimes their parents or one of them are alive, but they are not allowed to live with their children in sort of some kind of issues. But also, children who don't have their parents and any relatives. Number of the orphans all around the world are over 180 millions. UNICEF finds the orphanage topic really important because of child protection worldwide. In our step of researching and conducting the sources, we found out that there are not many orphanages in the UAE, the same as that there are not many sources. We used some official UAE news portals for our Criterion A and conducted some information. I find the fact that we had only few sources as a problem. As it is mentioned in our diary, I made a poster to get student attention about collecting toys for children. I used an app on my laptop to create a poster and make it attractive. It is not difficult to make a poster, but I still needed my knowledge in Pages App. ATL Skills: When our group found out that children in the orphanage were between the age 12-18, we got a problem because in the beginning we were preparing toys for little children. But here is where we used our thinking skills. In one day me and Mona changed a whole plan and collected clothes and things, that teenagers will be interested in. We collected more than expected. Mona also used her communication skills and contacted Dr. Aalla all the time. By that, she organised our meeting day and checked all details, which was really helpful. Me, Nuray and Mona had managed and organised our time and work. Piper got some issues in that process. As I mentioned above, our research skills didn't well perfect, but we tried our best. In the end, I will add that I am really proud of our work and I think we achieved our goals and tried our best, including these issues that we had. One of the biggest problems is that fact that Piper was avoiding all the process and her not doing the work.