A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

A friend recently sent me a photo of a menu board in front of a London restaurant, but instead of a listing the daily specials, it read, “All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.” I’ve had my fair share of overseas friends share their disappointment and befuddlement with the American people and our recent … Continue reading A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

The United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. In 2009, when the Open Hands Initiative was founded, we wanted to create innovative platforms for ordinary citizens from across the … Continue reading Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

“The Open Hands Initiative changed my life,” an Interview with Sarah Funes

The following entry highlights Sarah Funes, a participant from our Youth Ability Summit. This entry is a part of our “Where Are They Now?” series. Here is what she had to say about her experience in Syria: What is a memorable moment from your time participating in the Youth Ability Summit? My most memorable moment was … Continue reading “The Open Hands Initiative changed my life,” an Interview with Sarah Funes

Music Exchange in Syria, Facilitated by The Open Hands Initiative

In 2010, the Open Hands Initiative facilitated a music exchange in Syria. Brian Unger, an American music producer, collaborated with local Syrian musicians, creating over 10 songs that are now available for your enjoyment. This exchange was meant to expose the beautiful sounds of Syrian culture to the Western world as well as boost the local … Continue reading Music Exchange in Syria, Facilitated by The Open Hands Initiative

Advocating for Disabled Youth: Melissa Lomax’s work since her participation in our Youth Ability Summit in Syria

The following entry is a guest post by Melissa Lomax, a participant from our Youth Ability Summit. This is part of the “Where Are They Now?” series. Here is what she had to say about her experience in Syria: Melissa Lomax (fourth in from left) and Youth Ability Summit group (Syria, August 2010) As a … Continue reading Advocating for Disabled Youth: Melissa Lomax’s work since her participation in our Youth Ability Summit in Syria