Syria Trust for Development in Lattakia Holds Cultural Activities to Support Syrian Talented Youths

Hope for peace, rising from the ashes of war and confidence in the Syrians' ability to achieve victory over terrorism and rebuild their country were themes depicted in an artistic exhibition held by the Syria Trust for Development -Al -Sleibeh Manara (Community Center)- in Lattakia.

The three-day event exhibited the art works of the youths, teenagers and even children who had joined free training in painting courses held at the painting club of Al- Sleibeh Manara, Dr. Reham Kassem, Director of the exhibition, who is also the supervisor of the department for intellectual abilities development at Al- Sleibeh Manara, said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper, pointing out that this cultural activity is held for the second year in a row.

Dr. Kassem stressed that besides reviving the artistic movement in Syria, the exhibition aims at providing an opportunity for the participants to express their feelings, characters, problems, needs, experiences, social causes as well as to exchange experiences that help enhance their talents.

 She made it clear that the Syria Trust for development’s main goal  is to set up a variety of activities to build capacity, creating job opportunities but not offering assistance, adding it is  keen on the human development with the aim of creating a supporting environment to enable the individuals to depend on themselves and enter the work market to take part effectively and positively in building their societies.

Deema Tarraf and Nirmeen Jbais, who are trainers at the painting club, said that the themes of  the 105 paintings by 95 participants covered personal, national, social and humanitarian issues, besides silent nature topics.

The trainers indicated that in order to express joy and optimism as Syria is recovering, some participants used the art of “Mandala”, which is an Indian art using bright colors and lines to spread happiness. Some others, they said, used the art of “ Anime” from the Japanese heritage ( it is an art form that arose from a modern society scraping off the ashes of war and gives meaningful lessons).

 Diverse techniques, such acrylics, oil paints, charcoal, water color as well as drawing on glass and stone were used by the participants to produce their art pieces, according to the trainers.

On his part, Ahmed Al-Homsi, a gifted wounded hero soldier from Aleppo, who was a participant in the exhibition, talked to Syriatimes about his two paintings, saying that one of them depicts a number of huge rocks over each other and at the top of these rocks there is a house. According to Al-Homsi the rocks refer to the difficulties he has faced because of his injury and the house is his dream, ambition and psychological stability.

The other painting, al-Homsi added, showed a Syrian soldier sitting at the seaside and trying to catch the moon, which symbolizes the fact that it is our right to dream and making our dream a reality.

About his injury, al-Homsi said “while I was carrying out my national duty in defending the homeland against takfiri terrorism in Da’ra governorate in 2011, a gunshot hit my backbone that led to hemiplegia”.  

Al-Homsi is covered by the "Jareeh Watan" (Homeland Wounded) Program through which the Syria Trust for Development follows up the situation of wounded soldiers who have injury at a rate of 80% and provides them with necessary support.

Interviewed by Rawaa Ghanam