Weʼre raising £2,000 to help set up our own social enterprise Damascus Rose Kitchen CIC.
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Food is survival. Food is love.
Like roses that die in the winter and grow in spring, our winter was in Syria, when war started. It was dark and we were surrounded by destruction. When we decided to travel to look for safety for our families, it was a long journey with many barriers, including loss of loved ones, saying goodbye to our beloved home and not knowing when or if we will meet again.
When we arrived, we a had a new identity- that of a refugee, a vulnerable group, deserving of pity. Making us feel weak, nervous and separate. We were asking ourselves "how are we going to re-build our life here and ever feel at HOME.
Then came the spring, Nuha Abdo - our director, started a weekly group for Syrian women called Syrian Sisters. To help and support each other. We started to cook for our community, to introduce them to our culture and make friends. We started to feel that we could build a life and be proud of our culture and our journey. We realised that we have more in common than that which divides us.
We want to build our own futures and be proud of our culture and identity. We have tried our food and service at prestigious events, as well as running a successful weekend service in Flo's cafe, in Florence park Oxford.
We hope you will share in our story from this point on.... We want to build our business providing takeaway, catered events and wholesale products.
We aim to support our members by paying living wage, well being mentoring, and a positive and constructive work environment. We hope to empower other community and create a positive experience for our staff members, customers and friends.
Find out more and stay in touch: https://www.damascusrosekitchen1.com/
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