Taghreed Ahmed

Taghreed Ahmed

Freelance artist and graduate of the Technical Institute of Marine Facilities

 

 

Growing up in a foster home never deterred Taghrid from committing to her education and artistic abilities. She had always received support from caregivers at her foster home and was encouraged in her decision to study at the Technical Institute of Marine Facilities. Her artwork was also often displayed on the walls at the institution, which motivated Taghrid to develop her skills as a painter. Her artwork was impressive enough for the minister of social solidarity to take note while touring the institution one day, offering to buy one of Taghreed’s paintings and later awarding her a scholarship to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts. She participated in her first gallery after completing the program and managed to sell several of her paintings.

 

Despite that, Taghrid was never able to fully acclimate to life outside of the institution. In interactions with the outside world, she found herself exposed to judgment and prejudice about her upbringing. She grew anxious, and even ashamed, of sharing stories about her life and achievements. It was at Wataneya’s youth forum that Taghrid found the inspiration she needed to overcome her fears, drawing strength from the individuals she met who shared similar circumstances, yet spoke openly and sincerely about them, unhindered by society’s preconceptions. With time and support, Taghrid to face the world, proud of her accomplishments and how far she has come.