When Shereen Gomaa formed the 501(c)(3) organization, Delicious by Shereen, in 2016, she did it with a specific mission in mind:
to empower the refugee community to use their cooking skills to
support their families and increase their dignity through work
Naturally, this effort requires more than the margins we can make from the food we lovingly prepare. Moving to a new community is emotional enough as it is under the best of circumstances. For refugees fleeing traumatic experiences and facing language barriers, starting over in a new community can be fraught with fear and challenges. At Delicious, we try to help ease that transition by meeting some of the basic physical and social needs of refugees in the North Carolina Triad area.
“Given her husband’s health issues, Mona Agha provides the primary source of income for her household. This isn’t anything radical: Women make up a significant portion of the workforce in most predominantly Muslim countries, contrary to Western stereotypes. In Damascus, Agha worked as a computer engineer under the inspector general in the prime minister’s office for nearly two decades before emigrating to the United States, where the language barrier makes finding work that aligns with her professional training unavailable.”
Read more of Mona’s story in Triad City Beat.
“Lena Zidan, her five children and her husband fled Syria four and a half years ago to escape the country’s civil war. She remembers the sights and sounds of war. ‘It was airplanes coming with a lot of bombs, a lot of killing, it was scary,’ she said. ‘It was horrible.’"
Read more of Lena’s story at WUNC.