Where a Future starts: In Dreams and Imaginations

Where is the future of a refugee child who has found a sanctuary in a foreign country from a war torn country. The child lives in a refugee camp where all around him are depressed people. Outside the camp, although he or she is safe, he or she faces discrimination from the local community. The…

#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…

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…

Harvard Arab Weekend Building Bridges: Uniting for a Brighter Future

From IIT to Harvard: continuous reporting about seven Syrian students from Illinois Tech. We were fortunate to travel to Harvard to join some of the best Arab intellectuals in the Arab world and North America. The best and most important aspect for us about being here at Harvard is joining in and being part of…

Global Impact: From Health Care IT to Helping Every Hungry Child

This summer I had the opportunity to join Allscripts Healthcare Company where I served as Quality Assurance Intern for the last 12 weeks. My journey with Allscripts was incredible – and inspiring. Beginning from my first week, I was introduced to the wide range of their Medical Devices and the technical solutions that Allscripts offers…

Jusoor, Hope and Gerald Doyle!

Last weekend could not have gotten any better. I got to attend the Jusoor Annual Conference and listen to successful speakers talk about their projects and ideas to benefit Syria and help us bring the smile back to our country. The sadness and heart break were apparent in people’s faces and voices as they talked about the…

What Happened to the people?

After two weeks here in Jordan, I’m feeling so confused and disappointed! Yes maybe I’m thankful because I saw my parents, friends and every street in Jordan that reminded me in the past 7 years when I lived here, but I am not HAPPY at all! I don’t want to talk a lot about politics…