START is a non-profit organisation running art workshops for refugees, orphans and children with special needs across the Middle East and India.


Our mission is to heal and educate children who have suffered with war, pain and loss.


We run over 60 workshops for over 2,000 underprivileged children every week. Our workshops give children the opportunity to express themselves, engage with others and develop a feeling of self worth .


Where: We run workshops in UAE, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and India


We work in refugee camps, orphanages and special needs centers.


Our Impact:


START is a programme that links child development with arts education.

Our programmes facilitate:

- Art education for children who are culturally or socio-economically disadvantaged.

- Partnerships between global entrepreneurs and gifted children without resources or opportunities.

- Consultation with policy makers to promote art as a catalyst for educational, social and life-long change.



‘Mankind’s greatest natural resource is the minds of our children’ Walt Disney

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START is part of the Al Madad Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales, charity no 1101574