Shehada Shalalda became passionate about making violins after overhearing someone practising at Ramallah’s only music school when he was 15. He learned the trade of luthier first in Palestine, then in Florence, Italy and the UK. Now back in Ramallah, he says is building bridges between cultures, one violin at a time.
A newsletter subscriber sent information about a positive innovation taking place in Canada. It’s worth hearing about. The Peace by Chocolate factory has been built into a worldwide social enterprise in Antigonish, Nova Scotia by Syrian refugees, the Hadhad family, after their Syrian chocolate factory was demolished. Their chocolate bars are inscribed with Peace in several languages, including Arabic and Mi’kmaq, a local indigenous language, and have the tag line One Peace Won’t Hurt. Find out about the initiative at www.peacebychocolate.ca.
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Update from Peace by Chocolate. The company was a finalist in the Atlantic Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Awards and named Google Canada National Hero Case for 2018. Clearly they are doing something right, with passion.