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Thursday, July 29 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Live from Mavia Bakery in Beirut, Lebanon with Brant Stewart

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The Sadalsuud Foundation was founded by entrepreneur and photographer, Brant Stewart. In 2012 Brant began traveling to Lebanon, and shortly thereafter started filming a documentary following several Syrian children throughout Lebanon. The Sadalsuud Foundation was born from Brant’s desire to make an impact in the field of refugee education, and the organization was officially organized and gained tax-exempt status in the U.S. in December 2014.

In January 2017, the Sadalsuud Foundation launched an Arabic literacy course for girls in Tripoli, Lebanon. Though literacy is their primary focus, they also use the class to empower women and girls by providing education and awareness in gender-based violence issues, social and emotional intelligence, as well as other core school subjects such as science and mathematics. Read more here.

Since early 2017, Sadalsuud has also operated a bakery. In addition to crafting beautiful and wholesome bread that feeds our community, baking serves as a beautiful analogy for the mixing, dedication and patience that is required to nuture a harmonious relationship. But baking also has inherent power, as we've literally seen it break down walls of discrimination and isolation, while also heal trauma and serve our community.


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Brant Stewart

Founder/Director, Sadalsuud + Mavia Bakery
In 2013, I traveled to Lebanon to tell the story of the Syrian refugee crisis as a documentary. Six years later, I’ve remained because I fell in love with a community and a cause. The Syrian Civil War, which still rages on today, has displaced millions of families. Due to a shared... Read More →

Thursday July 29, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am EDT