Today, we celebrate 7 years of the Empowered Arab Sisterhood! Take a trip down memory lane with us as we revisit 7 of our favorite moments over the last year.
1. Remembering the Refugees surpasses 100K! To date, Remembering the Refugees has raised over $125K to support medical aid, transportation and education for refugees. The bulk of our proceeds has benefited Friends of Kayany, a US based nonprofit that supports the Kayany Foundation, a lebanese NGO which hosts schools and provides education for the displaced children living in the informal tented settlements of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Our proceeds have provided class rooms, a library, a computer lab, and various other resources to enhance the education provided.
2. Back to Our Roots. Our newest addition, the Zetas of the University of Michigan introduced a new tradition in their inaugural year which not only brought our sisters back to our roots but exposed the surrounding Michigan community to the most enticing aspect of our culture: THE FOOD!
3. Women's Empowerment Week: Since their first year, our beta chapter at UC Davis has hosted a “Women’s Empowerment Week.” This week has included numerous events that addressed what it means to be an Arab-American woman. It includes a week long series of events including inspiring students to write what they feel empowerment means and various exploitative talks with leaders on campus. What am empowered group of sisters we have at UC Davis!
4. Bringing Awareness to Yemen Crisis. Our beautiful beta chapter sisters Anna Rita Moukarzel, Samantha Jildeh, and Salma Helwa educated UC Davis community on the often forgotten humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
5. Granting First Academic Scholarships! This year we were excited to award our first academic scholarships to the highest performers of the Kayany Schools. We are so proud of these empowered little ladies for excelling academically in the face of adversity.
6. Chartering our Zetas! On March 23rd, 2019 our Zeta chapter was officially chartered at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Zetas have made quite the impact in the Michigan community in their inaugural year and have already left an imprint in our ever-growing organization!
7. Our Sisters Visiting the Epsilon Alpha Sigma sponsored Library in the Bekaa Valley. Pictured are Elena Salman of our Alpha Chapter and Silan Fadlallah of our Zeta Chapter who recently conducted a site visit of the Kayany schools in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.
A special thank you to all of our supporters whether it be the friends who supported our bake sales or the empowered arab mothers who baked the goodies we sell from baklawah to kunafa. Here's to many more years of expanding our philanthropic impact and extending our legacy of diversity, class, and intelligence.