Syrian Harvest: When the Festival Begins!

Syrian Harvest: When the Festival Begins!

Wheat harvest season in the Syrian countryside is more than an end stage in an agricultural cycle, it is the time when people strengthen their relationships and get to know each other very well. Back in the 1970s, before the introduction of combine harvesters, farmers...
Queen Elizabeth Wore Damask Brocade

Queen Elizabeth Wore Damask Brocade

The city of Damascus is famous for its unique type of fabric, called brocade, which Damascus was famous for three thousand years ago. It takes ten hours to make one meter of damask because of the delicate, complex patterns and attention to detail. Brocade is an...
Have you ever thought about what to say?

Have you ever thought about what to say?

I came out with 5 major takeaways from our meeting with Ms. Joumana Aljabri’s webinar In Harmony with the Moment: The words we say define us. Key words do not always mean the same thing. To say: “I am a refugee” is different from saying “I am in a refugee situation”....
Thank you Ross, thank you Qatalyst Partners!

Thank you Ross, thank you Qatalyst Partners!

Every now and then, we receive an unexpected surprise that overwhelms us with gratitude. This one came from Ross Weiner and Qatalyst Partners in the form of a generous donation! I’ve known of Ross for nearly 10 years; we have spoken about family, work, and causes we...
NuDay Syria:  Your Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another

NuDay Syria: Your Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another

Syrian expats have been devastated by the misery that continues to befall their compatriots. I searched for organizations that were credible and have enough integrity to be trusted with providing help on the ground. Nawara, Rama Chakaki’s sister, referred me to...