Palestinian children wishes

150 wishes come true for Palestinian children by Palestine grassroots initiative

Doha Mouadi

Doha Mouadi

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During the holy month of Ramadan, Doha Mouadi was frequently late for the fast-breaking meal.

She was visiting children's homes in Ramallah and the Al-Bireh Governorate with her sister and a friend, making wishes come true for the children who wrote down their requests on paper and Mouadi promised to fulfill them.

"It didn't matter to me if I was late for my meal; what mattered to me was that these youngsters got their desires before Eid morning," she said, referring to the festival that follows Ramadan.


Mouadi is from Kafr Malek, a village in northeast Ramallah. When she was a student at Birziet University, she began volunteering eight years ago. She was the coordinator for a volunteer group that supplied food, clothing, and medicine to low-income families.

Mouadi's attention and thoughts are focused on the children in the family throughout each visit.

"‘Are they in this world only seeking to eat and drink?' I wondered as I looked at the kids. 'Do they have any idea why we're in their house?' she wondered. “They don't always grasp what's going on; they're just kids with the same dreams as every other youngster in the world."


Mouadi's concept to make children's wishes come true was inspired by such queries in an effort called Your Dream Is True.

It all started when Mouadi mentioned the concept to her sister and a friend. The three of them got to work on purchasing gifts. And, with the help of her friend's car, they traveled to other locations to grant the wishes of youngsters.

“One day, I was fulfilling a boy's wish. ‘I love you so much, Doha,' he hugged me and said. “I'll never stop for this feeling,” she declared.


“One day, I was fulfilling a boy's wish. ‘I love you so much, Doha,' he hugged me and said. “I'll never stop for this feeling,” she declared.

During each visit, children are given envelopes in which to write their wishes. At the conclusion of the tour, Doha takes the envelopes. She reappears a week later, clutching dreams in her hands.

Doha, 26, leaves her job as an accountant at 4.30 p.m. every day and goes straight to volunteer work, which she has been doing since she was a first-year student.


The idea came from Mouadi's belief that children not only need to eat and drink, but also need to have a childhood — they have a right to live. Mouadi has taken it upon herself to do everything she can to ensure that they have a childhood.

With the help of a team from Your Dream Is True, Mouadi is working to make children's dreams come true.


“We announced the wishes on the initiative social media platforms, and followers contact us to pay for the dreams,” Mouadi told Anadolu Agency.

The initiative was launched two years ago and has made more than 150 wishes come true, and counting. Mouadi said with astonishment that the wishes are very simple and might seem normal to others.

"The surprise to us was that their dreams are so simple, things you don't imagine -- it could be a dream for someone,” she said. “One of the kids wrote a football, and a girl wrote balloons and drawing tools. What they dreamed of was very simple, but nobody ever asked them, ‘what do you wish for?’”


Your Dream Is True is active in Ramallah and the Al-Bireh Governorate and recently started in the southern villages of Nablus.

Mouadi and her friends aspire to reach all areas of Palestine and to extend their work to every area in the world where there is a child with a wish waiting to come true.

On one of Mouadi’s visits, a child wrote that he dreamed of getting a computer and a bulbul -- a bird. A few days later, she and her friends returned with his wish covered in colored paper.

“I don't forget how his eyes shined when he saw his dream was real in front of him. Every time I felt tired of the pressure of life and work, and I didn't find enough time to pursue volunteering, I remember him and how happy he was, so I become more determined to find time to pursue the realization of children's dreams,” she said.


Hanan, who is a 5-year-old with speech and behavior disabilities was not able to tell Mouadi’s wish.

Her mother told the team that she wished to see her daughter in a better situation. The team contacted a rehabilitation center that is still giving Hanan the sessions she needs months after she began.

"I visited her two weeks ago, I saw how much better she was than the first day she went to the center,” Mouadi recalled emotionally as she remembered how Hanan ran and hugged her.

Volunteering is an essential part of her everyday life for Mouadi.


As part of the Rain program, she is actively volunteering for audiobooks for the blind.

"I can't go a day without volunteering; it's as vital to me as eating; it's a spiritual feed," she explained.