Our People's Stories

Meet some of the amazing people who have contributed to our work by reading their stories.

Several incredible women- and a few men!- have been or continue to be involved with [Beyt] by 2b design in the Middle East and the US. We are grateful for the contribution of Lorraine Carrington, Kristin Wagner, Robin, Katarina Goldenberg, Shireen Akram Boshar, Sara Israel, Kate Earl, Katia, Wafaa, Nada and Rania, Omar at Arc-en-Ciel and his team, Meghan Mill, Bonnie Keller, Priscilla Guttierez, France Bohl, Jon Wiseman, and many more.

  • Lorraine:  "I've been blessed"

    "I’m not on the streets anymore. I can take a shower. I can put on clothes. I can eat. It’s the little things – it’s really good to have a key somewhere”, she beamed, going on to describe how working at Beyt, particularly under the expertise of Benedicte and Raja, brings her peace of mind and an ability to focus

  • Omar: "She is the mind, I am the body..."

    “It’s broken!” A phrase no one likes to hear.

    Brokenness touches all areas of life – objects, the environment, relationships, bodies, spirits. Each of us is broken one way or another. For some, brokenness strikes suddenly and on many levels. Take Omar.

    “I can’t feel my legs! What happened? Why can’t I feel my legs?!”

  • Michel: "Before I was just a machine. But now, I am creating new things."

    Restoring the unseen beauty of the broken…Recapturing humanity.

    Crippled. Barely able to walk. Never educated. Yet, kind-hearted and

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  • Wafaa: A role model for gypsies

    Wafaa belongs to a community of a few thousand Doms who live in Hay el Gharbi, the most dangerous slum in West Beirut. The Doms are despised, discriminated against by other groups and sit at the very bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. Their sense of identity is marked by shame throughout the centuries…

  • Nada: "Lifting the burden off my family"

    What can a three-year-old understand of war? Loud ear-splitting explosions. Frantic fervently-praying mom. Gravely injured absent dad.


    Women can be powerful agents of change in communities…what if we could transform the lives of so many more Wafas?