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The power of giving

August 5 - 11 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly The power of giving

Former GulfWeekly columnist Noor Al-Alaweyat and social media maven has launched a caring campaign to support families affected by Covid-19.

The 30-year-old teaching assistant, better known as @Khaleejigirl on Instagram, came up with the KhaleejiGirl Gives initiative to collect everyday essentials such as groceries, sanitary products and more to donate to families in need that are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.

“The concept came to me after witnessing the impact Covid-19 was having on families and individuals,” said Noor, from Saar. “The virus hit and took away their livelihoods making them and their families desperate to fulfil basic needs.

“My team and I are currently reviewing a long list of families and individuals in need to match them with a list of community members who have already contacted me to support the cause.

“We aim to support and look out for as many families and people living in Bahrain so that we can get through these unprecedented times together and come out of it as a stronger community and a stronger Bahrain.”

Noor is a firm believer in the motto of ‘better together’ in particular in empowering women across the region.

She founded the virtual magazine KhaleejiGirl in which she interviews various women from the Gulf as well as shares her own thought-provoking stories and columns in a bid to inspire others.

Noor said: “When I was younger I remember reading so many magazines like CosmoGirl and Seventeen. I would see how the magazines featured different women and their unique stories which were also inspiring. I wanted to create a similar style for Bahrain and that is how KhaleejiGirl was born. It is a digital magazine made up of like-minded women aimed at empowering women living in the Middle Eastern region.

“We do this by writing articles based on personal experiences, conducting live stories on Instagram and more. We believe that every woman can learn from one another and only then a KhaleejiGirl can realise she is not alone.”

Noor has also written several columns for the GulfWeekly.

Those interested in volunteering their time, effort along with donations including non-perishable food and other necessities, can fill out a form in the KhaleejiGirl Gives category found on www.khaleejigirl.com.

She added: “Money donations are not involved in this initiative. We are only involved in donating essential goods that will help families during their time of need.

“Every little bit helps and will make a significant impact in the lives of the people who have been affected directly and indirectly.”

For details, visit @khaleejigirl on Instagram or email khaleejigirl15@gmail.com.

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