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Gold at Both Ends



That's what we discovered when we entered the Rainbow Zone. We, mere mortals, thought we were building a restorative arts community centre. Oh what we men can construct and demolish with words!What foolishness! You know our story, we came, we saw, we liberated type thing..and then we stood back, and realized that there is a Zone here where man has not been, where things do not happen according to our plans and careless words. It's the Rainbow Zone. Tread with caution. Handle with care.


We too are being touched by the Zone. Affected by it, shaken up by it, moved to tears by it, and are being healed just as much as our Little Lord Fauntleroys and Princesses in Process. We discovered the gold at both ends of the rainbow.

There are moments and indeed days so rare to humankind, so precious that to attempt to share their content and value is equivalent to mission impossible, but I wish to try. There are incredible treasures hidden in dark places. Discovery is dependent upon turning up, being willing to go deep, and go dark .Quiet, no noise. Miners of Hope.


One of our Princesses is Hawler ( Howlair..) and a clever kid she is. Basically everything she touches turns to gold. English, she can't get enough of and gets top grades from Mr Saad. Computer Science , she excels and Mrs Anwaar beams when she gives her ten out of ten. Hawler was born in Aleppo. Hawler fled Aleppo. Hawler lives with the UN status of "asylum seeker" in Iraq. Hawler knows way more than English and Computers.

One Rainbow day I saw Hawler and our Sheikh Khalid plotting and planning. Sheikh being a bit of a dramatist, I knew that something was cooking.


Sheikh being quite elated...I let him get on with it. Drama. A play for the parents. A play about Springs of Hope Foundation and our kids. With Hawler. I looked around at our kids and saw bow ties, pearls and crowns but the reality of the heat of the said told me that Sheikh had taken on too much and this would not happen. It had the possibilities, strong ones of being one of our more conspicuous and abject failures. However, seeing that gold at both ends of the rainbow allowed us to gently take the risk.


Parents Day came and a journey into the Rainbow Zone began. The unexpected happened. Which it often does when humans are willing to stand aside and just let be.


The kids sang to their parents in English. Hawler of course wrote the song. " Springs of Hope Foundation is our home" No mere words. Reality. Home.

Then the play began. Sheikh Khalid had divided the 35 kids into two groups.Half sitting in the shadow of the rainbow, quietly painting and drawing. Life with SOHF.