The Story of Rivers of Hope
It all started with a research project on Islamophobia...
In the summer of 2017, Sidrah Ahmad-Chan carried out a research project at the University of Toronto on Islamophobic violence against Muslim women.
She interviewed 21 Muslim women survivors of Islamophobic violence, and compiled the research results into an M.A. thesis.
You can read the thesis here.
The research results were put into a Toolkit...
The results of Sidrah's research project were put into a Toolkit for the community. This Toolkit was beautifully designed and illustrated by Azza Abbaro. The Toolkit also contains poetry and resources for survivors of Islamophobic violence. You can learn more about the Toolkit here.
The Rivers of Hope Toolkit was launched on March 17, 2018 in a community centre in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto. 500 copies were given away. The launch also featured a panel discussion and poetry performances. You can see a video of the launch here.
We formed a collective and created a workshop...
In the summer of 2018, Sidrah, Aima Warriach, and Naeema Hassan came together to form the Rivers of Hope Collective. We received funding from Inspirit Foundation to create an anti-Islamophobia workshop for high schools.
Since then, the Rivers of Hope Collective has grown, bringing in new team members. Since forming, we have hosted workshops in dozens of high schools and community organizations across the Toronto region and beyond, reaching approaximately 700 people to date.