#SyriaShines

The other day, a friend sent me a link to a video titled #SyriaShines. Now it’s understandable why I would be excited about any piece that would shine some light on Syrians other than the news outlets mostly concerned with politics and conflict updates. But this one was exceptionally touching to me. It shows a…

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Living in Syria has become so difficult and tragic, and at times this seems to be impossible day after day. We’ve lost everything we own in the war in Syria. I’ve lived through the worst times that Syria has faced during my life time. I am searching for better educational opportunity, so that I can gain the knowledge…

Lessons From Abroad

  Today I was approached by a Syrian Refugee from Daraa. “Salam, I heard you are from America. Would you mind helping me with my situation as I have just gotten an interview to come to America? I was asked where I would like to be relocated, but I have no idea.” Excited to hear…

Human Rights for Syrians Initiative (HRSI)

Great initiatives are being launched every day to help the Syrians who left their homes and families behind to flee the conflict in their home country, and there is a good number of these initiatives here in United States. The immigration laws in United States are complicated, and for refugees or asylum seekers, it might…

Actively supporting Syrian refugees: A Syrian’s Lens

An amazing friend asked me yesterday how she could contribute to the Syrian refugees crisis, as she was watching the debate regarding this topic rising but not sure how to be part of the action. Thus, knowing that many friends would love to help within their capacity but aren’t sure who to trust, I am…

#RunForSyria

Run For Syria – You Caring Video Four years into the conflict in Syria, there are 2 million Syrian refugee children. 400,000 of them are at the school age in Lebanon. 310,000 of them are out of school. You don’t need to have math anxiety to be scared by the numbers coming from Syria. They’re…

Connecting ideas from Damascus, to Chicago, and then to Lima, Peru: my IPRO with MEDLIFE:

Last year Nearly 50 Illinois Tech students with academic majors across all of the academic disciplines formed a chapter of MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere), a national organization that supports the advancement of health care in Central and South America. The main objective of MEDLIFE is to supply medicine, education and development to low-income…

World Refugee Day, June 20, 2014

“On World Refugee Day, I call on the international community to intensify efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and to help achieve peace and security so that families can be reunited and refugees can return home.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Reflections… With all due respect to the Secretary-General, I have come to believe that these statements…

Syrian Students shouldn’t stop their education!

Last week I went through a very interesting article that described the innovative project that Samsung Corporation executives launched in South Africa. Companies like Samsung have a big demand for shipping containers, and they need to keep their trucks in high efficiency, so every now and then they replace those trucks with newer versions with…

The future leaders of Syria

As the conflict in Syria enters the 4th year now, people – especially children – are still suffering from the horrible crisis in their lives. They are forced to leave their homes, their history, their school and their professions – as well as the memories and lives that had been built over so many years….

Life as a Syrian

You wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is check your Facebook. You just want to make sure that there are no bad news. Of course you’re going to read about some but what you really care about is your family and friends. After that, you go back to your daily routine….