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START is a non-profit organisation founded by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation, 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 50 workshops for over 1,000 underprivileged children every week. We work in refugee camps, orphanages and special needs centers across Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, India and the UAE.

We organize for international artists to teach and mentor the children in our workshops.


‘Our vision is for children and young adults to create a future as rich and free as their imagination’.

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