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Sew for Hope Volunteer Makes a Difference (with or without a pandemic!)

We are so grateful for the work and service of Darlette, one of our volunteers working with the Sew For Hope Program! She’s been so helpful during this crazy pandemic season and will continue to be a great part of our volunteer team after we’re able to meet together again!

“My association with Sew for […]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sew for Hope Volunteer Makes a Difference (with or without a pandemic!)

Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq and sometimes even when we visit our Middle Eastern […]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

Sew For Hope – Graduates and Volunteers Sewing Masks

These days we are extremely grateful for this program that not only helps refugee women care for their families, but has also opened up opportunities for them to care for their communities. In this current crisis, we have graduates and volunteers sewing masks.

These masks are being made from a non-woven droplet resistant fabric that […]

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sew For Hope – Graduates and Volunteers Sewing Masks

HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 39

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq […]

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Resources For Hard Times – Coronavirus 2020

Covid-19 Information in Multiple Languages:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16HWT0kQrnehwQFYICigsZe1D3b_H9FUO8EqOJ6XCdnE/edit

For Those Facing Unemployment:

https://www.nashvilleresponsefund.com/individualshttps://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment/apply-for-benefits.htmlhttps://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1678https://findhelp.org/

For Those Facing Hunger:

https://www.thebranchofnashville.orghttps://news.mnps.org/mnps-food-delivery-sites-announced/https://findhelp.org/

For English Practice:

This is my favorite. Short simple stories with pictures for context! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoFhY7OXDVTgoS_VD93tD30tG4E04c-lq

This is good for lower levels. English for beginners, basic vocabulary practice. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhDf3-oR4mYiqV5cS0T017oqBaBcgafRn

Good videos with lots of levels—more advanced. There’s a lot here including lessons for pronunciation and understanding faster spoken […]

March 25th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Resources For Hard Times – Coronavirus 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown in Iraq — Easter is Coming

We’ve been in lockdown in my city in Northern Iraq for over week. These last few days I’ve felt both a liar and a failure.  A liar because I’ve posted the pretty pictures, not the ones of my dry-eyed stare from watching hours of shows non-stop or the various chocolate wrappers from my I-don’t-care-anymore-and-I’m-bored munching.  A failure […]

March 24th, 2020|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Coronavirus Lockdown in Iraq — Easter is Coming

Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 38

Hannah and Colleen talk about how Kurdish people respond to different kinds of crisis. Some big, some small, some medical, and some military — the Kurds have seen it all and we have gained some perspective from them as we face new kinds of crisis.

Learn […]

March 11th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism

Buddhism (an overview)

Buddhism is non-theistic. There is no belief in a higher power and holding on to such a belief is thought to keep one from achieving enlightenment. Enlightenment is achieved not by learning the doctrines of Buddha but by following the Eightfold Path. This Path is concerned with three things: morality ( 3-5 […]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism

The Cash Economy in Iraq

In the US we’re pretty used to using our credit cards to pay for things and we’re adding all sorts of new electronic payment methods. But in Northern Iraq, nearly everything is still done in cash. Hannah and Colleen discuss a few of the multitude of reasons for this, but more about the effect […]

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Cash Economy in Iraq

Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

Hannah and Colleen chat about several key terms in Kurdish language and culture: sherma, aiba, and haram. All have meanings that connect to honor, shame, and what is allowable and what is forbidden. Cultural expectations and norms are part of what can be a challenge for a westerner. This podcast explores their shades of […]

November 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan