THE BAHEBAK PROJECT
The Bahebak Project is a response to Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Prejudice, providing resources for humanitarian and peace building initiatives.
Bahebak Project friend and Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John (Beyonce!) wearing his Bahebak tee on the Teen Vogue Summit panel, where he shared the message of love, while sharing the stage with Hillary Clinton & Maxine Waters.
What started with a bag has quickly become a grassroots movement.
Donations and Proceeds from the shop directly support peace building and humanitarian efforts.
Your donations and purchases cover emergency support for new immigrants and direct peace building initiatives, to proactively mitigate future emergency:
Emergency Aid: Welcoming New Immigrants
We are now providing emergency aid to Arabic-speaking families who have recently moved to the U.S. via relief organizations and now do not have access to adequate resources. Our team includes native Arabic speakers. We connect families to ESL classes, jobs, food, clothing, shelter, medical care and help them get engaged with the community. This has begun as a response to urgent requests. If you would like to sponsor, take part in sponsoring, or organize a group to sponsor a family, please contact us. If you're not sure how to get started organizing a group, we can tell you what's worked well so far!
Noor, volunteer interpreter, and her baby Maryam
Optometry exam and getting new glasses.
In the U.S., we teach Peace and Bridge Building workshops, nonviolent/ compassionate communication (NVC), guest speak with a diverse array of communities and consult leaders on how to Change the Conversation to one that leads to deep understanding and a sustainable, justice-based peace. We lead workshops, teach staff at nonprofits, and speak at places as diverse as religious congregations and universities.
In the Middle East, we bring together, train and mediate Palestinians, Israelis, and Internationals in compassionate communication for deep understanding and sustainable, just peace. We have facilitated soldiers and fighters from warring sides and representatives from the West Bank and Orthodox Jewish communities historically in conflict to sit down, listen, and speak from the heart, and transform their connection. Due to the positive outcome, response, and requests from our trainings and facilitations, we will be launching a MENA-wide program for compassionate communication, coming soon.
This was recently sent to us from the Mideast International Intensive Training (IIT) in Beit Jala, outside Jerusalem! This 9 day intensive training brings together Israelis, Palestinians, and Internationals in compassionate communication. We have been mediating for and working with Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals in person and via Skype in peacebuilding. We're thrilled about the possibilities for a more peaceful and just world.
Our art has been popping up in storefront windows to let everyone know they are welcome, on social media in changed profiles, and our bags and tees have been worn by many change makers, spreading love + solidarity everywhere.
Get a t-shirt with the Bahebak image to show the world we stand together for love and solidarity: Click here.