There can be few amongst us who wish we couldn’t find a way to ‘give a little back’ to society. Many of us do, but many more struggle to find the time. However, all of us know that doing so adds not only to the lives of others, but also to the quality of our own life. It changes how we see ourselves and how others see us. Indeed, to give back is perhaps the ultimate expression of living a life refined.

This summer, our Managing Editor, Zeina Mokaddam, found herself offered an ideal opportunity to ‘give back’ and, in doing so, received so much more in return. 

Here, we share her own impassioned thoughts with the readers of Men’s Passion magazine and PassionsArabia.com…

Dear Passionate Readers, 

Are you aware of the “butterfly effect” theory? How one single flap of a butterfly’s wing may cause a tornado?

Well, this is exactly what I felt like this summer.

Through Loyac MobArt, I went to the Beqaa valley to spend 10 days with refugee children. My mission was to help them in basic English and math and of course to reach that end, I knew I had to first win their hearts, so I needed to start with song, dance, candies and shining stars…

But what I wasn’t prepared for was the magnitude of the problem hitting me when coming face to face with it.

We all know Lebanon is suffering because of the refugee situation, we all know that the refugee families are still bringing child after child into this world where even they as parents are struggling to find a place to live in dignity…

I knew all that and yet when the Lebanese driver dropping me to the camp started complaining and recounting his own personal mishaps due to the refugee situation, where all I could see on the way there was tent after tent covering our lands… I started feeling overwhelmed….

Then I arrived to MobArt and a flux of children of all ages were awaiting, shouting and running… suddenly I wished I could just disappear! I mean truly! What was I doing there!? What in God’s name was I expecting to achieve?

But I didn’t run away. I held my ground. 

I needed to concentrate my focus on the children, and concentrate I did.

So I started singing and dancing with them before calling them to class, one batch after the other.

A few days later, the ride to MobArt became an awaited occasion and when the kids started fighting over who will enter my class, pleading to be taught, working so hard just to impress me with what they have learned and achieved. I remember that day so clearly… sitting amidst them I couldn’t hold my tears… 

In bewilderment they asked, what is wrong? How could I’ve explained to them what was going in my mind… What is wrong?

Everything was wrong!!

They were beautiful…

They were full of potential…

But I am here for only few days doing so little and soon I will turn my back and they will be left behind and then I remembered… 

They will never be left alone… 

And I remembered the butterfly effect…

So I looked at them and smiled… And I said, “I am teaching you new words, see this is a smile and this is a tear, now repeat after me, what is this?”

The day after, I went back with one mission in mind; to teach them how to teach one another and when they started to gather in the backyard in their recreation time holding pen to paper, all of them getting so industrious, my soul fluttered faster than it ever did before and I soared higher than I have ever done before…

Indeed this was a summer like no summer before…

And I urge you, my Passionate Readers, do not waste the opportunity to capture that feeling. Contact Loyac and sign up for the experience of a lifetime!

May your soul always soar to greater heights,

Until next time,

Zeina Mokaddam

Inspired by Zeina’s story, or want to learn more? Contact her at info@ph7-kw.com