I sat down to read this book because I was looking for something I could hand a potential volunteer to help them learn, grow, and shift expectations. I expected a neatly packaged story of helping a refugee to success, and I (in my pride) was prepared to look down my nose at him for […]
Adnan has lived in Athens for about a year now. Like many others floating in the ancient Greek city, he’s from Syria. But that Syria doesn’t exist anymore. He’s been able to work some for the last few months helping medical personnel and teaching about mental health issues relating to trauma. He’s a […]
Math is Too Hard!
My favorite memory is of meeting Ari, a Syrian refugee. He was 16 years old and brilliant. As an engineer, I began asking him if he would like to study engineering. He said, “No, math is too hard” So I began asking him questions about math assuming he was struggling with […]