Questscope is meeting this challenge by delivering Livelihood Kits. These are trade-specific grants of tools, and small business loans for reestablishing places of business to help the mechanics, bakers, carpenters and hairdressers of Syria to resume their work. More than 700 Syrian tradespeople have been helped so far, which represents more than 4,000 individuals (family members). By December, 3,000 kits will be distributed, to benefit 18,000 people. As Minnesotans, we know how vital small businesses and craftsmen are to rebuild civil society. Perhaps part of your story is the memory of trade work that supported or mended your family.
On Sunday, November 12th, at 3:00 pm, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina will host a concert to raise money for the relief and rebuilding mission of Questscope in Syria. Members of the Minnesota Orchestra, led by conductor Osmo Vänskä, are donating their skilled trade to bring us beautiful chamber music, including the reawakening embodied in Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” You can purchase tickets at questscopebenefit.ticketworks.com. Thanks to the generosity of a donor, a limited number of free student tickets are also available. You can also donate to Questscope through their website at Questscope.org, or mail to their headquarters at 615 1st Avenue NE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
As Marilynne Robinson writes at the end of her novel Housekeeping, “There is so little to remember of anyone -- an anecdote, a conversation at table. But every memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh, and that the wanderers will find a way home …”
Come to the concert, and help the people of Syria to return, to remember, and to rebuild.