I’m feeling grateful as I reflect on the action packed time in Iraq. Thanks to the community surrounding our efforts we were able to bring much needed relief to ISIS survivors, orphans and other vulnerable genocide survivors. Our days were spent: -Building 1 cement structure for ISIS survivors and paying for 5 more to be … More Action Packed Time in Iraq
We painted this mural at our community center for Yazidi survivors in honor of Kayla. It is a way to honor the life the lived, the love she shared, and the compassion she ignited in so many of us. I choose to hold onto the positive memories, the blessings, and the gratitude I feel for … More Honoring Kayla
2017 was a year of finding the balance between poring my love outward and allowing myself to pore it inward. It was a dance between caring for others and caring for ourselves. We started the year by hosting a New Years celebrations for Serres Camp in Greece. We organized a caravan of aid to Lesvos … More 2017: A Year of Poring the Love both Outward & Inward
As much as I love a reason to celebrate gratitude, to spend time with loved ones, and even to eat way too much food… The reality is that we are celebrating a GENOCIDE committed by our ancestors. How is this okay? Why do we not use this day as a day to educate our children, … More How Can We Possibly Celebrate Thanksgiving?
UPDATE: We have made it to KURDISTAN! Kyle and I have been dreaming of supporting the Yazidis in their homeland for many, many months, and that dream has finally turned into reality. We couldn’t be more grateful to be here in Kurdistan, meeting Yazidi families and witnessing firsthand the harsh conditions they endure. We have … More My Dreams Come True as We Meet Yazidis in Kurdistan
We drove up to Al Mafraq this morning for our first round of goat distribution. Excitement was oozing from each one of us as it sank in that this goat project was actually happening! We first visited these families in March, and we knew we had to find a way to support them sustainably. We … More The First Goats!
We may be far away, but our efforts with Lifting Hands International in Greece continue. I coordinate and do what I can from afar, but we are incredibly grateful to have a dedicated team holding the fort down while we are in Jordan. The team continues to amaze me with their dedication, flexibility, and patience. … More Project Greece Update
Last June I found myself sitting in a hotel room in Athens. I had written a vision, which I continually looked at on the computer screen, wondering how on earth I could make it happen. My heart was fully in it, and it was all I could think about. I had faith and an inner … More My Journey with Lifting Hands International
I would like to introduce you to this beautiful gem, Fatima. My heart sank as we walked into this unofficial living site for Syrian Bedouin families, the place Fatima has called home over the past years. The people are completely exposed to the harshness of the environment, the heat, the scorpions, the snakes. My first … More Fatima, A Special Gem
When we arrived in Jordan the need was so vast, it was an overwhelming reality. We met families living on their own, occupying a small corner of a Jordanian farmer’s property. We saw families and small children living in tents made of blankets. It pained us to see rashes on children’s faces, nutritional deficiencies, dozen’s … More YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN LIVES OF SYRIANS LIVING IN JORDAN!