“To be is to do.”
Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
We both love working with children and teenagers and we’re always passionate about what we do.
Tell us about your education.
Dana: Computer Science graduate from Gulf University.
Dura: Law Graduate from Kuwait University of Law.
What is it exactly that you do?
We work with our team up to the minute in developing physical, entertainment and educational activities for children and teenagers through events and programs to run through the year for Partake Kids/Teens Camp. We have worked with organizations, schools and hotels on kids and teenagers programs and events.
What got you interested in what you’re doing?
There are so many things that got our interest in working with children. First of all, children have fresh perspective on life that we tend to lose as we grow older. You never know what to expect each day and it keeps you on your toes. We really admire the curiosity, honesty, creativity and endless energy of children. Last but not least, watching the kids grow with us is extremely rewarding.
What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
Dana: Kids and parents are satisfied with our services and they are always willing to come back. Their trust and satisfaction makes us special.
Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
Dana: I started Partake’s first event 6 years ago with only 7 volunteers. It was a not for profit event and it was two weeks long. Back then we only had 30 participants aged 5 to 15 years old and today, alhamd-lilah, we have reached 200 participants aged 3 to 15 years old. We have had so many difficulties in managing and solving so many business problems but today when I look back, I feel glad and happy with what we have achieved.
How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
Dana: Yes, they were very supportive, especially at the beginning of our journey. It’s a blessing to have people watching our back whenever we struggle or face a problem.
Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
H.H. Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah. He’s a successful politician, great decision maker and an outstanding leader.
Seth Godin. He’s a successful entrepreneur and author of an amazing collection of world best seller books.
Opera Winfrey. One of the most strong, feminist and confident leaders.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
We need to keep the interest of kids as well as to engage them in a healthy and safe environment. This takes a lot of work and time to experiment new ideas and listen to the parents and kids opinions.
What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
Dana: Doing something is better than doing nothing.
How would your friends describe you?
Our friends always tell us that our personalities are different. We do things differently and have different ideas and opinions but we end up having a better plan.
What are some of your hobbies?
What are some of your top achievements?
Where we are right now is our top achievement. We always dreamed of earning people’s trust and being the first choice of kids.
What are your plans or goals for the future?
Having our own place.
How does it feel to have been chosen for this award?
It’s a pleasure to have people appreciating what we have worked for in the past years. This not only makes us happy but will encourage us to work harder.
Your message for other young and talented people out there.
Always do things with love and passion.