Syr­ian refugees feed­ing the com­mu­nity.

The women of Tayy­beh: A Cel­e­bra­tion of Syr­ian Cui­sine are ad­just­ing to life in Canada by com­ing to­gether to cook. The catered events and pop-up din­ners hosted by these newly ar­rived refugees have been a hit, with tick­ets sell­ing out within the hour. In t

Vancouver Magazine - - Featuring - Group por­trait taken at Shaugh­nessy United Church, Jan­uary 30, 2017 Do­minika Lirette AS TOLD TO Ni­hal El­wan WITH TRANS­LA­TION BY Carlo Ricci PHOTO BY

5 “[My favourite part is] get­ting to know these ladies and their fam­i­lies . . . and see­ing that we’re pro­vid­ing them with the op­por­tu­nity to gen­er­ate an in­come for them­selves and their fam­i­lies. And to be­come friends with other Syr­ian ladies, be­cause maybe they haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to do that.”— Ni­hal El­wan, in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment pro­fes­sional and or­ga­nizer of Tayy­beh

6 “I don’t speak the lan­guage; I don’t know any­one. I’m new, so it’s good to join this group . . . I’d much rather be work­ing than sit there and think about where we came from and what hap­pened to our coun­try.”— Raghda Has­san with daugh­ter So­lar

1 “When I came to Canada for the first time, I was afraid, be­cause it was new people, a new lan­guage—ev­ery­thing. But when I came, I saw all Cana­di­ans are very nice people.”— Rawaa Ma­houk

2 “I’m go­ing to school to learn English. I’ve gone to the mu­seum and I went to the opera in Sur­rey—I’d never been to the opera be­fore. The one thing I’m ex­cited about the most is learn­ing English.”— Heba Na­jib

3 “I’m the el­dest of us. That means I’ve cooked for many, many years, since the day I got mar­ried. I never bought any­thing from out­side. I cooked ev­ery­thing my­self. So I have a lot of experience to share.”— Hasna Shekh Omar

4 “The first din­ner was a buf­fet, and we were sit­ting there wait­ing to see people’s re­ac­tions. People went up twice and three times to serve them­selves and we were like, ‘Whoa, people re­ally like this food.’”— Leena Alah­mad with daugh­ter Loubana


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