Neighborhood Newspapers – Atlanta
By Gloria Love
Jan. 18, 2012
Perhaps the fastest way to reach across cultural and language barriers is to break bread.
With this spirit in mind, Westminster senior Virginia Hamilton has crafted a cookbook to benefit Fugees Family, a DeKalb County-based nonprofit which aids child survivors of war.
The organization runs soccer teams for the children and offers tutoring, an independent middle school, college counseling and other services.
“Education is our biggest focus because we believe that’s the best path out of poverty,” said founder Luma Mufleh.
Hamilton, 18, interned with the organization in the summer tutoring 10- to 12-year-old boys in reading and writing. After getting to know the children, she knew she wanted to do something more to help.
“I kind of toyed with a few ideas, some more obvious ones like a bake sale or a drive, but I wanted to do something that would continue to be a source of revenue,” she said.
Hamilton consulted Mufleh on the idea of a cookbook, and found Mufleh had been collecting recipes from meals she shared with the refugee families.