Taken from: http://www.aware.com.kw/
AWARE JANUARY Calendar of Events
DIWANIYA – BEDOUIN TENTS AND DESERT CUSTOMS
Tuesday; January 3, 2012@ 7 pm
(By Maziad Al-Khaldi)
Modern day Kuwaitis are the descendants of several nomadic tribes and clans who ultimately settled on the coast of the Arabian Gulf during the eighteenth century to avoid the persistent drought of the desert. When they arrived at the coast, the clans built forts to protect themselves from other nomadic tribes who still traversed the desert. Until now, ethnic Kuwaitis are still struggling to maintain their cultural heritage in an increasingly complex society. One of the aspects in which they strive to maintain their culture is living in tents in Winter.
Do you know how many types of tents exist? What is the different between tents of today and those of the past? In his 25-minute presentation, Maziad will answer all these questions and share a Bedouin recipe on the screen.
GUARDIANS OF THE SEA: PROTECTING AND REHABILITATING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Tuesday; January 10, 2012 @ 7 pm
(By Dari Al-Huwail)
“Guardians of the Sea Team” has been pioneering the coral watch efforts in Kuwait and has been among the first participants from the Gulf Area in this matter. You’ll quickly notice the tremendous achievements of the team’s volunteers on their website: http://www.freekuwait.org, and what they achieved over the past years.
Dari Al-Huwail is a PADI Scuba Instructor and a volunteer with the Kuwait Dive Team. He currently serves as the Coral Watch program coordinator and International Relations Officer here in Kuwait. Kuwait Dive Team
SOAP BOX: HANDMADE SOAP IN KUWAIT
Tuesday; January 17, 2012 @ 7 pm
(By Yousef Al-Hadeedi)
How do you take care of your skin? What is the history of soap? How was soap made and how is it made now in mass production? Why are we now returning to traditional methods of making soap? What are the ingredients that Yousef and colleagues use in The Soap Box products? And why do they use them? In his 25-minute presentation, Yousef and his colleague will answer these questions and many more.
The products are made by Mr. Yousef – the speaker – and Mrs. Astrid Al Hadeedi, a qualified Northern European nurse with seven years experience in teaching health and fitness at the American University of Kuwait, in addition to running her own stress management consultancy service. Yousef holds a degree in business entrepreneurship and small business management.
POLYGYNY: A WOMAN’S VIEWPOINT
Tuesday; January 24, 2012 @ 7 pm
(Dr. Teresa Lesher)
How does a Muslim woman feel about polygyny? Join AWARE for a presentation about “Polygyny: A Woman’s Viewpoint” by Dr. Teresa Lesher on Tuesday January 24rd, 2012. Dr. Teresa will discuss the rules and rationales for polygamous marriage in Islam and its effects on social, economic and spiritual lives of individuals in the community. Discussion and Q&A will follow the presentation.
Dr. Teresa holds her PhD in Information Science from the UK and is now associate professor at the Kuwait College of Basic Education. She held the position of General Manager of the AWARE Center for three years and returns often to host presentations related to Arab and Islamic culture.
SPREAD THE PASSION: CONNECTING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Tuesday; January 31, 2012 @ 7 pm (By Fatma Al-Mousawi)
Spread the Passion is a group of volunteers with the aim of involving individuals with a wide range of volunteer work. Making giving to others simple and a way of life as well as a way to develop ones skills and then help others. This group is only 2 years old but is already making an impact and expanding their network. They regularly serve notable charities and good causes such as Bayt Abdullah hospice and journey of hope.
Fatemah al-Mousawi holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Genetics from King’s college London, an M.Sc. in Human Molecular Genetics from the Imperial College, London. She also holds another M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from M.Sc. bioinformatics from Birkbeck college in London. She is currently working on her thesis on the Genetics of Intellectual Disabilities in Kuwait, after which she will obtain a PhD. She is the Founder of Spread the Passion Group.
Monday; January 9, 2012
JALUSION ART CRAFTS CENTER
Departure from AWARE: 6:00 p.m. Return Departure: 8:00 p.m.
Tour Fee: KD 2
The Jalusion Center offers a variety of workshops related to world heritage hand crafts and fashion design. The center is set in a beautiful traditional Moroccan style complex. This tour offers a short presentation followed by a tour of the building and its wonderful Moroccan artifacts. Moroccan tea and handmade sweets will be served. World heritage hand crafts will be available for purchase and discounts on Jalusion Art Craft courses will be offered. Registration is required.
Saturday; January 14, 2012 @ 9:15 am
GRAND MOSQUE TOUR
For a rewarding, spiritual and informative experience. This is a 1 ½ tour of one of Kuwait’s most famous landmarks. Ladies are required to cover – long sleeves and long ankle length skirt, otherwise the mosque will provide a cloak. If you have your own scarf you’re welcome to bring it. Camera’s allowed. Children welcome. This tour meets directly at the Grand Mosque.
Monday; January 23, 2012 @ 5pm
TARIQ RAJAB MUSEUM OF CALLIGRAPHY
Departure from AWARE: at 5pm. Return Departure: 7pm
Tour Fee: 2KD per person
Arabic Calligraphy represents unity, beauty and power. Join us for a tour of the Tariq Rajab Museum of Calligraphy to further explore the beauty and history expressed in this captivating art. The tour will be conducted in English. Advance reservations are required.