By , on September 18, 2017

A Dubai Artist’s journey in creating ‘The Domino’ and using Art for social good

  We sat down with the brilliant Fathima Mohiuddin, an Indian Canadian artist, born and raised in UAE, to find out about her journey in starting one of Dubai’s first community art projects 6 years ago, and how she’s used Art to interact with different underrepresented communities around the world. Where did you grow up?…

By on February 13, 2018

This Presidential Portraits Have Just Made History!

The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are in — and they aren’t quite like anything else in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. View the portraits here. Official presidential portraits tend to focus heavily on their subjects’ dignity: The presidents stand tall in tailored suits, gazing out into…

By on October 13, 2017

Gift of Life

Gift of Life “After my mom and father separated, I live with my grandmother and my mom. They struggled and work hard in taking care of me and my studies. They gave me the strength and courage to chase my dream and do quality artworks. After my marriage,  I got inspired by my wife and…

By on October 11, 2017

Saving the world one travel at a time!

Hi! I am Erika, a young development worker most passionate about community engagement and civil society participation. Having worked in projects with organizations ranging from community groups, local governments, Universities, and international organizations such as UN Habitat and Asian Development Bank (ADB), I was able to see development from grassroots level to policy making level…

 
By on October 10, 2017

Who is this dude with the most glorious ‘stache ever!

The dude in question is Fridtjof Nansen – a tough-as-nails, Norwegian born super-brilliant, ultra-hardcore crazy person with an impossible-to-spell first name and an unstoppable desire to explore the world and make waves as an international humanitarian. Today marks what would have been the 156th birthday of the pioneering Norwegian, who was born in Oslo on October 10,1861. Nansen found himself…

By Ajala Changemaker on August 7, 2017

The AJALA Project Blog: CSR

With the economy of United Arab Emirates coasting to new heights, numerous organizations are turning their attention towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. This is a significant deviation from the ideology that businesses should focus on profit maximization. Instead, today’s CSR is an opportunity for companies to become socially responsible and contribute positively towards the…

By on August 6, 2017

I am Aayaan Mehta and this is my story

Aayaan Mehta. Remember the name, because in 15 years that name is going to be all over the front page of the Wall Street Journal. And before you say anything, I want to be an Economist so well, that part is sorted. Now that that is clarified, I am currently entering Year 13 in Dubai…

 
By on July 13, 2017

BLOG: Meet Our Sweet Summer Volunteer – Sadhana Madnani

Hello Everyone! My name is Sadhana Madnani and I am the AJALA Project’s summer student volunteer. My first interaction with the AJALA Project was at Integreat Centre’s (a special needs centre for young adults) Spring Fair. I was helping out at their Art Therapy stand and was blown away to hear the story of Olabisi…

By Kuntal Joisher on June 16, 2017

Inks, Art and Shared Passions

Journey Into The Life of a Calligraffiti Artist, meet Maajed Ahmed from KSA. Anywhere Maajed goes, he takes his pen with him – it’s like his ‘11th finger’. Maajed is one of the most humble Arabic calligraffiti artists you’ll ever meet. He has such a warm spirit and a passion to share his passion for…

By on May 18, 2017

Culture of Fear, Eugen Varzic – Home Without Borders Art Exhibition

Culture of fear When I think about the idea of Home without borders, I start from the position of a man whose country, not so long ago, became a part of utopia called the European community. My country now has a new and different form without borders, a new option within the economical-ly strong community.…