They are five women. Dynamic, ambitious and creative. They are Lisa, Danielle, Corine, Carine and Kaline. Together they founded something beautiful, delicate and artistic for children to be able to play, learn and be happy in the same time. They founded Origami.
What is Origami?
“Origami”, the word, is the Japanese art of paper folding; it represents something beautiful, meticulous, artistic, delicate and with several sides. Origami– our multi-faceted concept, is an Academy located in Dbayeh, with more than 1000m2 where children can play, learn, and enjoy.
How did you come up with the idea of Origami?
The idea of Origami started by wanting to fill a need. We realized that there was and still is a demand for accessible “edutainment” venues for children. Not just an area in which kids could play i.e. Luna Park, slides, or arcades, nor an area that resembles a school, but rather a place in which children could have fun and, at the same time, learn something new. A place where education meets entertainment.
What is new about this concept (i.e. what differentiates it from similar concepts in Lebanon especially that we are witnessing a booming in this sector)?
Origami is a place that combines fun with education. Children can have a good time, and share positive moments through stimulating experiences. We combine activities pertaining to the mind, body, and soul. Each activity can motivate a child in different areas, thus strengthening the little ones confidence levels, and encouraging their skills, hobbies or talents. In addition, Origami offers a place where parents can enjoy quality time with their children while also having a good time, relaxing, or enjoying a good meal at Origami’s café.
What are the activities you have at Origami? How can a person access them?
There are different types of activities offered at Origami. There are monthly classes offered at Origami, and there are different activities offered daily to our walk-in clients. Our monthly classes include:
Graffiti, taekwondo, painting, fashion, choir, music, dance, theatre and more.
Daily activities that can be accessed by paying a minimum fee of 10usd at the door, include: cooking, crafts, origami, painting, woodwork, ceramics, lab experiments, board games.
We also offer personalized birthday parties, indoor or outdoor, in Dbayeh or at a location of your choice. Catering, animation, personalized themes and decoration and more are all part of our birthday packages which are also accessible to people with different budgets.
What were/are the challenges you faced/are facing?
One of our major challenges was finding and recruiting qualified personnel. We also have a high turnover in staff, since many of the animators are usually young college students doing animation as a part-time job rather than a career path.
What are your future projects?
In the last months, we have launched “Origami on the move”. We offer our services in a location of your choice. Those include catering, animation, shows, personalized events, and decoration.
We will be launching I-café very soon at ABC Ashrafieh, where we will be responsible for all the catering,, including birthdays at I-play.
Our future projects also include franchising in the next year.
Can we have a brief about each partner of Origami?
WE are five women. Each one with years of employment and work experience related to different fields and backgrounds.
Lisa- worked in production, in management.
Corine- worked in production as a computer animator
Carine- worked in marketing
Kaline- experience in finance and private banking
Danielle- experience in communication and health education