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Syrian newcomers tackle guilt and pain at travelling wellness workshop – The Star

Samira Adamo packed lightly when she left Al-Hasakah, Syria, in September 2016. Her home was becoming increasingly volatile; any moment, she said, the entire city could fall apart. She left much of her furniture, books and keepsakes at home, which was doomed to become one of the millions of houses abandoned…...

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Syrian women’s group fends off trauma of war through therapy -The Star

Fatima Darwish is telling the group about her life now, much different than the one she left behind in Aleppo, Syria. Back then she was the equivalent of a junior high school teacher, instructing several subjects from physics to Arabic. Now she’s hoping to get onto the teaching rolls of…...

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Meet The Woman Helping Syrian Newcomers Deal With The Trauma Of Displacement -CHATELAINE

Age: 38 Occupation: Director of communications, Al-Qazzaz Foundation Lives: Mississauga, Ont. Loves: Weeping willows, dark chocolate, hot yoga   Bayan Khatib felt like she’d stepped onto alien soil when she arrived in Denver in the spring of 1986 as a seven-year-old Syrian refugee. Two strangers ran down the stairs of…...

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QED Youth Empowerment Launch Event

On July 22nd, 2017 the QED Intern team introduced the Q2 Youth Empowerment program to a room filled with youth, community leaders and performers. The team had been anticipating the launch after months of developing their For Youth By Youth project under QED’s guidance and advice from organizations, groups and youth…...

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QED & SCF Ramadan Iftar for Syrian Newcomers

  On Wednesday June 7th, 2017, the Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education & Development and the Syrian Canadian Foundation held a community Iftar for Syrian newcomers. The dinner was made possible with generous contributions by donors, delicious traditional Syrian food by Reyan Restaurant and the goodwill of the families and volunteers…...

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Follow the Story of Ahmed & Yusuf in “Blackout!” While Supporting our Mental Wellness Project

  mmmmm    On May 30th, 2017, Ruqaya’s Bookshelf released a new chapter book, “Blackout!”, and 100% of the proceeds will be going to support QED’s Mental Wellness First Aid Kit. “Blackout!” follows the story of a Syrian boy, Ahmed, and his cousin Yusuf. After the death of Ahmed’s father, Yusuf’s parents work…...

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Bayan Khatib: “Expression Beats Repression”

Bayan Khatib, QED Communications Director, gives a talk titled: “My Journey from Syria, to UTM, to Writing, and to Syrian Community Activism” at the University of Toronto, at Mississauga. By Zaynab Alkali • Photographer: Shifa Siddiqui • March 20th, 2017 This article was originally published at The Medium, the University of…...

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Refugee Career Jumpstart Project & QED Meet with the City of Toronto

On Friday 19th, Bayan Khatibi from QED and Mustafa Alio from Refugee Career Jumpstart Project had a meeting with the City of Toronto to collaborate on new projects. The aim for these new projects is to create and support entrepreneurial opportunities and aspirations for Arabic speaking newcomers. This partnership will support…...

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Aisha Khaja Interviews Sarah Attia & Bayan Khatib

In August 2016, Khaled Al-Qazzaz returned to Canada after a 3 year ordeal in Egypt of wrongful imprisonment and travel ban. Within a few months, Khaled and his wife Sarah Attia, along with friends, founded the Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education & Development. The foundation aims to foster equity of access…...

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