ED Hazami Sayed interviewed by Stay Thirsty Magazine

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Five Questions for Al-Bustan’s Hazami Sayed

Summer 2015 | by Stay Thirsty Magazine

I started Al-Bustan motivated by a personal desire to create a space for my young boys (then 7 and 4 years old) to learn about and appreciate their cultural heritage and utilize the Arabic language. Short of traveling to the Arab region, I knew they wouldn’t have a way to connect with their roots if there wasn’t an engaging and fun community for them here. I wanted them to feel equally comfortable living here and in the Arab region and be able to navigate their place in American society. This led me to partner with a small group of other parents to start the first Al-Bustan Camp in the summer of 2002. We found there was interest from families of both Arab and non-Arab heritage.

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