Q Life Magazine Issue 7 - Page 26

Issue 7 Qataris Abroad performed operations for 71 children with heart “Making children happy and giving them a chance diseases.” to live their childhood regardless of all that they’re “We wanted to be a part of spreading happiness there, so we distributed 510 boxes among the going through makes it worth taking on more responsibilities and effort.” cardiology hospital children and at orphanages. Qatar Airways and the Red Crescent are special Recently we joined Qatar Airways in their ward partners, but Box of Happiness hopes to develop opening in King Hussain Cancer Center, and we further collaborations in order to reach more children took the opportunity to distribute 123 boxes for the around the world with this simple yet successful children.” formula. While the children who are recipients are often Toys of course unleash a child’s imagination – living in difficult situations, there is a joy in giving something that can unlock potential, and transcend them something that lifts them from their current day-to-day struggles, allowing them to communicate circumstances. with other children and adults through play. “When I was in Bangladesh, I saw the condition Al-Maadheed says this is the essence of her work. children are living in, I saw the lives that they “Every time we distribute our Happy Boxes, we feel should not be living. This gave me the courage to joy seeing the happiness on the children’s faces, and step forward and make an impact beyond Qatar’s we feel happy,” she says. “Whenever we see a child borders.” happy with the toys it is a special moment for us.” Qatar Airways distributes the Happy Boxes abroad Every time we distribute our Happy Boxes, we feel joy seeing the happiness on the children’s faces, and we feel happy. Children in Bangladesh unbox their new toys 26 Alya Al-Maadheed, Founder of Box of Happiness 27