August 2019

Physical symptoms are often connected to deeper issues. The dictionary tells us that holistic medicine is “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” The brain has an incredible capacity to protect us during traumatic events, but as the situations continue and emotional health is left uncared […]

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June 2019

As we come upon another World Refugee Day, we are reminded of how much work has been done over the last year. Cedars Network is growing in our staff members and capabilities to empower Syrian families to rebuild their communities. We’ve also witnessed the ways that you are acting with us on the belief that each person is valuable, each person has […]

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GAME DAY

Exams are over. *Sighs of relief* *Buzzing excitement* This week is the last week of class and today is Game Day at Tent of Joy! 85 students were split into 5 teams to compete for first place. Teams Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue competed in relay races, three-legged races, the parachute, and a circuit of indoor games. And the winner is... […]

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SUPER HEROES

Superman, Batman, Spiderman... These super heroes are known all over the world. Why? Because they use their powers to serve others. We believe a super hero is someone who goes out of their way to help and love someone else. All it takes is a simple act of kindness.   We learned how we can all be super heroes by embracing character […]

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MEET MAHER

Meet our dear friend, Maher. He was born in Iraq and has fond memories of his childhood, especially playing soccer in the streets with his friends. His dream was to be a pro soccer player. As he sat in his classes at school, his mind would often wander to the field.    But eventually, when Maher was in middle school, tensions increased […]

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NO COUNTRY

We want to give a shout out to our friend, John Mark McMillan and his song, No Country. There are so many people around the world that feel as though they don't belong. We hope this inspires you to extend a hand of compassion!

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CELEBRATION DAY

Layla is one of seven children. She tends to get lost in the chaos of her brothers and sisters, but her love is fierce. When someone walks through the door to her small home, she is the first to sprint across the room and wrap her arms around the neck of an unsuspecting guest. After her father was killed in the conflict […]

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AN ARTIST’S DREAM

When we met Adeebah and her family there were obvious signs of trauma and PTSD. They were afraid of leaving their home, the youngest had trouble speaking, and they had reoccurring nightmares and insomnia.   Before the war, they lived in a beautiful home. Adeebah and her family would sit together in their courtyard in the morning listening to the birds chirp […]

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