The Mawada Initiative

We are social organization that collaborates alongside non-profit organizations to fundraise by way of organizing community events. Through the Center of Arab American Philanthropy, Mawada created a fund which aims to support organizations carrying out humanitarian aid and social justice efforts, with a special focus on under-funded programs that often go unnoticed. The Mawada Initiative Fund will showcase these efforts by way of civic engagement.

While we at Mawada understand the significance of financial provisions with respect to medical faculties, several areas of import within refugee communities, such as mental health and education, often go unnoticed. Co-founders Yasmin Alhassani and Maysa Bourham developed the Mawada Initiative in order to raise public awareness and support of projects whose focus is to create social change through art therapy, education and public health endeavors. In 2018, Mawada will feature works by tatreez to showcase the Palestinian embroidery work of the Palestinian women refugees and to contribute in improving their quality of living.

Meet the Mawada Team

MAWADA team members come from different backgrounds and have diverse professional disciplines; they came together because they believe in the idea of a human being helping another human being in need without looking at their passport or thinking about their religion or skin color


Yasmin Elsayed

Mawada Foundation, Co-Founder

In 2013 Yasmin worked alongside doctors and nurses to facilitate medical aid to Syrian refugees in Za'atari Camp in Jordan. Inspired by the works of several non-profits to support Syrian refugees in various capacities including mental health, Yasmin founded Mawada Initiative to help such organizations raise awareness and funds.


Maysa Bourham

Mawada Foundation, Co-Founder

Maysa Bourham grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and moved to the United States ten years ago. She enjoys art and appreciates that she can utilize art to promote humanitarian aims.  Maysa is the co-founder of the Mawada Initiative and has been a volunteer in many social and charitable activities in the greater Boston area.


Hagar Assi

Vendors, Design

Hagar is a political science major, minor in international relations student, and a human rights activist. Inspired by many non-profit organizations and their devotion to foreign aid, Hagar has taken special interest in the Syrian Crisis. Over the past six years she has attended, helped organize, and volunteered at several Syrian relief benefit fundraisers. By July of 2017 she plans to be in Jordan at the Za'atari Syrian Refugee camp working side by side with many other volunteers. Post graduation, Hagar will be joining the Peace Corps, so that she can further her mission. Hagar's initial goal after joining the Mawada Initiative, is to help children express their feelings about their traumatic experiences in a healthy way and begin their healing process through therapeutic art. Her hopes are that through artolution, Syrian children will be able to have the normal cognitive development that is typical for most children.


Natasha Qidwai

Fundraising, Volunteering


Sameh Bourham

Volunteering, Fundraising


Shirin Dalati

Design, Marketing


Rola Alkhatib

NGO, Volunteer


Hyam Tayech