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For the Love of Helping Hand- Post 3

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mendela If there is anything I am certain of, its that those words are indeed the truth. As I reflected upon my day every night my thoughts always came to the same conclusion; there are so many issues around the world and education really is the only force that not only empowers but also instills a sense of change. As an individual I might not be able to solve the refugee crisis, end world hunger, or put a stop to poverty. However, I can work towards educating a child, and not only that, but I can work towards educating my own community on the...

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For the Love of Helping Hand- Post 2

AssalamuAlaikum VB family, Today’s topic is a tough one for me- to be quite honest I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts for quite a few days now but every time I sit down to type, I can’t seem to find the right words to do my experience justice. Believe it or not, I’ve rewritten this post more than a dozen times now so if you’re reading this, I’ve finally mustered the courage to speak about the harsh realities of our fellow brothers and sisters living in Kenya. Bismillah. When our group first arrived in Nairobi we didn’t know what to expect. We all had an idea of the situation but no one really knew what they had signed up...

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For the Love of Helping Hand- Post 1

As you all may know by now, I traveled to Kenya with the nonprofit organization Helping Hand (HH). I embarked on this journey with a group of 12 young women who had one goal in mind- to better understand what we can do for our brothers and sisters in need.  The objective of this blog post and the ones to come, is to educate our VB family about Helping Hand. I previously traveled with this organization to Jordan in the summer of 2016 to volunteer with Syrian and Palestinian refugees- the inspiration behind our Purchase with a Purpose policy. Only God knows the extent of my love and admiration for this organization, but at VB we aim to be as...

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Chocolate Trifle Eid Edition

Eid is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with desserts! Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of fasting, and is a reward to Muslims all around the world for observing the blessed month of Ramadan. As a tradition, The Prophet (SAW) ate something sweet before attending Eid prayers. These mini trifle cups are an excellent way to carry-on The Prophet (SAW’s) tradition at home or on the go. Since Eid ul-Fitr translates to “festival of the breaking of the fast”, many people prepare a feast including multiple sweets. This quick and easy recipe is a perfect way to impress family and friends. With the rich chocolate, light cream, and slight crunch, this dessert is sure to...

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