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The Iftar dinner took place on July 21st, 2013 at Turkuaz restaurant in New York City and it was a great success.Thanks to the great Iftar host committee that pulled it together and the amazing friends that made it happened by being present. We were stunned by the overwhelming response we received. Different faiths were present, different races, different ages and even mayoral candidate John C. Liu came. They all made the effort to come from near and far just to be present on a Sunday night. We shared a lovely iftar dinner together, laughed, were moved by the heartbreaking story of a survivor, the words of a youth member, and the warm and inspiring speech of Robina Niaz.
Like a big family, we were all together standing against domestic violence in New York muslim community. And that is the only way we can all participate in the change we want to see in this world. Together, like a big FAMILY, for a happy, safe, honorable, peaceful, and dignified life for everyone.. Every woman, every man, every child.
Often we believe that we are too small to change anything, don’t have enough to help, or just don’t know how to do it. Just get involved, act, and support a cause that speaks to your heart. Give back: money, skills, time, kind words or just a sincere hug.
Thanks again for your participation, your support and your love for Turning Point for Women and Families. See you next year, Inch’Allah / God willing, in a bigger venue for our growing family.
Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training, particularly in the area of domestic violence. It offers culturally competent services to respond to the wide gap between needs and programs available to this community.
Here are Simple ways to help: LIKE Turning Point for Women and Families facebook page
This year I was part of the Iftar host committee and KENZA International Beauty was honored to donate packages of our KENZA “be generously beautiful”™ skin & hair care line.
We are honored to partner with Turning Point for Women and Families. We will offer all friends of Turning Point a 5% discount on all our products and we will give back 10% or our net profits to stand against domestic violence in New York City.
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KENZA International Beauty is a corporate social enterprise providing Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils and supports social change for women in the US & Morocco.
It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since I first visited the women of the Tirizite cooperative in June 2012, a memorable experience I shared with all of you (see article here).
Since then, and thanks to your support, we have successfully launched our KENZA International Beauty enterprise to promote positive social change for women in the United States and Morocco. Thus, I felt it was time to return to the Tirizite cooperative to share our progress with the women and to make a donation.
After a final five hour drive from Ouarzazate, I arrived to Arazane where the lovely ladies welcomed us (I was with my son and a cousin this time) by singing traditional Berber songs.
I was overwhelmed by many emotions: happy to see them again, touched by their hospitality, but also sad to see not much had changed for them since my first visit.
Still, they expressed gratitude, hope, and joy for our mutual success. We discussed our concerns, projects, and plans over some lovely food they prepared and I showed them the video and pictures we took during my first visit. They laughed, sang, danced, and for one short night they were able to forget their difficult lives.
We had Moroccan tea, tagine, couscous, and pastries at a dinner hosted by Latifa (the cooperative Director) with all of the women and their kids.
After the delicious meal, came the time to share some donations we brought from the US: money, new clothes for the women and their children, and t-shirts graciously donated by The New York Women’s Foundation that KENZA International Beauty also support (see articles here).
At this time, the emotions filled the room quickly as I could see joy in their eyes. They all loved the gifts but, most of all, they loved the fact that others generous people cared about them, were willing to help them, and give them hope for a better future.
The tearful goodbyes and long hugs were touching as they insisted in giving me a beauty treatment with Argan oil the next day before my departure.
I was happy to have returned to Arazane; this visit motivates me to redouble my efforts to help these women and the women and girls in New York City with the help of all my generously beautiful friends.
We are proud of our KENZA Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils and we LOVE to share it with all of you. Visit our website to learn more about our products (retail & wholesale) and social mission for women in the USA & Morocco.
How are our KENZA Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils different?
Our oils are USDA Organic, registered with the FDA for their authenticity, ISO 9001 certified for quality, sustainably sourced, produced by women cooperative, and support social change for women in the USA & Morocco.
We are proud to donate a percentage of our profits to the New York Women’s Foundation (http://www.nywf.org/event/cwb2013/). This year they are distributing over 5 million to more than 100 grantees and changing women’s lives. Let’s all help them reach more grantees!
We also support and donate directly to a Women cooperative, in Morocco, that produces our KENZA Pure Argan oil. http://youtu.be/4zg8g_lTykM
By purchasing our KENZA “be generously beautiful”™ products you are getting the best natural beauty care products and contributing to global social change for women. That is the “be generously beautiful”™ vision.
Ofrecemos aceites marroquíes para la piel y el cabello: KENZA aceite puro de argan y KENZA aceite puro de semilla de la pera espinosa.
Nuestros aceites son certificado organicos (USDA), registrados con la FDA por su autenticidad, certificado por calidad (ISO 9001), de origen sostenible, producidos por una coperativa de mujeres en Marruecos, y apoyan cambio social para las mujeres en los EE.UU. y Marruecos.
Somos orgullosos de donar a la New York Women’s Foundation (Fundación de Mujeres de Nueva York) y a la cooperative de mujeres de Tirizite en Marruecos. Con su ayuda podemos ayudar a las mujeres en los EE.UU. y en Marruecos a ser financieramente independiente.