BLOSSOMING

Ameena is one of my very favorite students. One of those who will stay in my heart forever, putting a smile on my face whenever I think of her. Ameena arrived at our school in October of last year, a few weeks into our academic year. Her family had recently moved to the valley from Beirut, where none of the children had […]

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REDISCOVERING DESTINY

One evening we sat with Asma, one of our beloved teachers, in her home with her husband and children. All of her children have attended Hope Learning Center and she is one of our most valuable teachers. But we’ll tell you more about her later. Right now we want to tell you about her son. As we sat together on mats on […]

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SEVEN WAYS TO SUPPORT REFUGEES THIS CHRISTMAS

Sometimes empowering Syrians is as simple as including their creativity in your Christmas gift shopping list. When you bring these beautiful products into you and your friends homes, you are providing an income to refugees as well as raising global awareness for the things you care about. 1. Fajr Beirut Our personal friends have collaborated with Lebanese artists to design these beautiful […]

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BUILDING EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE THROUGH ART

We ducked into a large tent, carrying a plastic bag full of art supplies and were greeted by the smiling faces of a dozen squirmy children. After good mornings were exchanged, I asked, "Who enjoys art? Drama? Games?" Hands shot up, "We do! We do! We do!" Building emotional resilience through art was the goal of the day, and we had fun […]

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FOR BRAVE MOTHERS LIKE AISHA

I first met Aisha a year and a half ago, when she was pregnant with her fourth child. I remember that day so vividly, it was my first time visiting a Syrian refugee camp in the Middle East, and as a midwife, my heart was drawn to the woman sitting in front of me. As I talked with her, so many questions […]

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THREE REASONS WE BELIEVE IN HOLISTIC CARE

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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#WORLDREFUGEEDAY

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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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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