How A Chicago Nonprofit Creates Community To Empower Middle Eastern And Arab Women

March 18, 2024

Muntaha Alhindi and Doha Lahlah chat in MIRA’s office in West Ridge ahead of the women empowerment session on Feb. 21, 2024. Lahlah is Syrian and lived in Jordan before arriving in the U.S. in 2020 during the COVID pandemic with her husband and two kids.


By  March 15, 2024
Doha Lahlah still remembers the worries that weighed heavy on her mind during the days and weeks leading to her family’s move from Jordan to Chicago.

The unknowns of a new place, a language barrier, and leaving behind a support system at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic were concerns that kept her up at night.

“The hardest part was imagining what this new life would be like,” Lahlah recalled about the move. “Everything is unique to you. The people. Life. The language. The environment. The air. The weather. It was all hard.”  READ MORE

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