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2018 Keynote


Nadia Alawa

founding president of NuDay Syria

"One Person at a Time, One Humanity Closer" – Tackling the Syrian Crisis from New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

As Syria's brutal conflict unfolded, one woman in New Hampshire decided to stop being a bystander and take action. Nadia Alawa founded NuDay Syria at her kitchen table in 2013; in just four years it has grown to a multimillion-dollar humanitarian relief organization.

But how can someone from outside of a crisis help those in need in a way that respects their dignity? How can we ensure we are aiding and empowering them – not undermining or insulting them? Hear how Alawa has grappled with these questions as she found a way to address humanitarian needs in one of the most challenging parts of the world, starting with nothing but conviction and commitment.

About NuDay Syria:

NuDay Syria focuses primarily inside Syria, both in besieged areas and in the north, helping people rebuild their lives through work opportunities, social business and self-sustainability programs for women; and by supporting schools. NuDay Syria sends 40-foot shipping containers of donations monthly from New Hampshire to northern Syria and refugee camps in Turkey. Its crowdsourced campaigns focus on widows and children, with a special interest in empowering women to be self-reliant. 

About Nadia Alawa:

A graduate of Copenhagen University with a degree in pedagogy, Nadia Alawa lives in New Hampshire with her husband and eight children. She grew up in Denmark and has lived in Japan, New York, and Massachusetts. She has given a TED talk, appeared on CBS, NECN's "The Morning Show," and in The Boston Globe. Alawa is listed in Huffington Post as one of the "Top Ten Muslims Who Save Lives."