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Lina Sergie Attar, Co-Founder/CEO, Karam Foundation

  • Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln Ave Winnetka, IL 60093 United States (map)

Karam Foundation: Building a Better Future for Syria

About the speaker:  Lina Sergie Attar is founder and CEO of Karam Foundation.  She is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic and the BBC and has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions across the United States.  She is a co-founder of the How Many More, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign, and is a non-resident fellow at New America.  Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization on a mission to build a better future for Syria by developing innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributing aid to Syrian families, and funding sustainable development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.

Ms. Lina Sergi Attar, Co-Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation, will speak on the topic, Karam Foundation: Building a Better Future for Syria.  How do we imagine a vibrant future for Syrians after the mass devastation and trauma they have endured?  How can we rebuild agency and confidence for marginalized refugee communities?  What if there was a space created for the most vulnerable of refugees — the youth — where cutting-edge technology, social camaraderie, and expert mentors were available?  In this talk, Ms. Attar will map out an alternative vision for Syrian refugee youth that is a world away from war and despair.  At her team's Karam Houses in Turkey, hundreds of Syrian teens are building their ideas while gaining world-class critical and creative thinking skills. They are on pathways of future success and leadership for their communities and beyond.

Musical guest: Mikhail Antoshin of The Internationals and his daughter, Chanel, on the flute.