I met 15 year-old Azianne In Malaysia. She’s an ordinary middle-class Muslim girl, and like almost all Malaysians I met, she’s kite-crazy!
But during the week, kids like Azianne go to school – there’s no time to fly kites.
At school there’s a prayer room, but saying prayers is a choice; it’s not obligatory
At home,there are chores to do – like helping with dinner. Many girls find it comfortable to take off their headscarves in the house.
When school and chores are finished, Azianne loves going down to the beach – to fly kites. And she was really excited to fly this beautiful kite, made by the master kitemaker. BUT – the kite would not fly – there’s not room in this blog to show how hard they tried to get it to fly, but in the end Azianne went to the little kitestand and bought a little kite for about 50 cents.
In a few minutes she had that little kite way up in the air. I realised it wasn’t about flying a beautiful handmade kite – it was about having fun.