Hajar & Zahida Heirloom Doll
I am Hajar. We lived in a very dangerous area and were forced to leave. We now live in a broken-down and abandoned school with other families like us. We live off help baskets that are given to us monthly by charities because my husband lost his job. My daughter Zahida loves animals and dreams of seeing a real elephant one day.
Through these dolls and embroidery, we want to portray the hopeful voices, colorful dreams and stories of war-torn children and their families. We want to spread the unheard, simple stories and aspirations of everyday people like you, people like me who are forced daily to flee their homes.
The names, struggles, and words of these people should be heard, vocalized and spread. They are the only ones who ALWAYS should matter in times of war.
Children are usually the most affected by war-torn areas. We believe they are the lost-generations. Their childhood is halted. Innocence scarred. Playing outside is threatened.
These dolls come from letters and drawings gathered from refugee children; their stories inspire the illustrations on each dolls. By giving them the chance to draw and express their dreams we also aspire to help heal their invisible pain through art and self-expression. These dolls are truly an heirloom and something to cherish.
Approx. 12 inches tall. Handmade in Syria and Lebanon.
The cause this purchase supports: Each doll is given the name of a refugee and once sold, part of the proceeds will go back to that refugee. Additionally, creating the dolls gives income to women very much in need. All live in refugee camps and have little access to opportunity.