Help Youssef Begin Again.

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Help Youssef Begin Again. 

Youssef has been creating baklava since he was 16, apprenticing under one of the most famous “sweet shops” in his city. By 24 years old he owned his first bakery with his brother and father. 

Then war came to his country. 
His home, bakery and sweet shops are now piles of rubble. 

He escaped with his life, his family, his craft and determination. 

Youssef Akhtarini, his wife and 5 children fled from their home in Aleppo, Syria to safety in Turkey. To reach the border, they rode in the back of a small pick up truck, traversing death and destruction, while military planes flew overhead and shelling could be heard all around them. A trip that would have taken 30 minutes before the war, took over 10 hours. After arriving, they registered as refugees, and were accepted to resettle in the United States — In Providence, Rhode Island; a process that took 2 years; and saw the birth of their youngest daughter, born in Turkey. 

Youssef’s dream is to open another bakery in his new home. Like all of those who love to cook, one of his greatest joys is to create food that people love. Youssef’s baklava bakery, serving a wide variety of baklava and authentic Syrian treats will be opening this fall, and he needs your help. Your donation will be used to establish his bakery, from installing a professional kitchen and an inviting space for customers; to point-of-sale software, baklava boxes, signage, website design and initial operating expenses. Youssef needs your support to help him through the bumpy stages of starting a new business.

This is a beautiful opportunity to spread love and kindness as a community of people welcoming and helping a family to begin again. 

Please DONATE ... help Youssef start over and support his family of 8, doing what he loves. 

Please, SHARE LOVE — and forward this page to your friends and family! 

And come to Ives Street in Providence this fall for the best baklava you’ve ever eaten! 

Help Youssef BEGIN AGAIN. 
*About the author and creator of this GoFundMe page:
My name is Sandy Martin. I am a U.S. Citizen, born and raised in the U.S.A. I met Youssef and his family while volunteering at the refugee resettlement agency in Providence, RI, Dorcas International Instititue of RI (where I continue to volunteer). My husband and I, along with YOU, are helping Youssef to realize his dream of opening a bakery in his new hometown of Providence, Rhode Island so he can support his family doing what he loves. Funds raised for this campaign will be deposited directly into the Aleppo Sweets business account for Youssef’s future bakery on Ives Street in Providence, Rhode Island opening, God willing, Fall 2018. *GoFundMe wanted a thorough description of who I was, where I’m from and how I know Youssef, since he is from Syria. 

**Deep gratitude to Jillian and Travis at Minus Red for donating their time and equipment to create the BEAUTIFUL video for Youssef and his family.
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If you'd like to receive (better!) updates by email with news and photos of the bakery, pop-ups and progress, send a request to be added to the list: alepposweetspvd at gmail dot com
(the updates on GFM are difficult to layout well and attach corresponding photos properly)
Salam. Peace.
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Aleppo Sweets is on the move! Here’s what’s been going on:

FIRST: Do you follow us on
Instagram? ==> @Aleppo_Sweets
Facebook? ==> @AleppoSweetsUSA

Did you know you can always order BAKLAVA online? www.alepposweets.com

Aleppo Sweets made it into the Fall issue of EdibleRHODY!!
You can pick up a copy at these nearby locations:
@bottlesfinewine @grapesgrainsri @cavrestaurant @chezpascal @elliesbakeryri @graciesprov @julianspvd @kgkitchenbar @newharvestcoffee @millstavern @newriversbeau @redstripeprovidence @saltedslate @rooftoppvd @tallulahstacos @kneaddoughnuts @thepantryatavenuen @stockpvd @sevenstarsbakery & Adlers Design!

Restaurant TROOP in Providence is selling Youssef’s BAKLAVA and giving all profits to the GoFundMe page! So go out to show them some love for their kindness and generosity!

On the BAKERY/CAFE front, One of the biggest projects, laying down the rough plumbing for the kitchen has been done — which involved digging deep into the floor. After the inspection, we back fill, pour concrete, and the real fun begins!!

Meanwhile, the “FRONT OF HOUSE” is being framed so we can simultaneously begin working on creating an experiential space — like a little trip to Aleppo, Syria.

Then finally, we have been working on branding, learning about social media, and updating the website!

Thank you for your support, kindness and love of BAKLAVA!
Salam (peace in Arabic),
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In just ONE WEEK we have made great progress on our campaign!! THANK YOU to all of you who have given! We are SO GRATEFUL.
In a matter of WEEKS, this building will be transformed to a little TRIP to SYRIA. Stay tuned!
Please SHARE this story and help Youssef and his family to BEGIN AGAIN. ❤️
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