Photography by Marie Monforte Photography
Meet Kinda. She is Beauty Revived.
Kinda moved to the United States at the sensitive age of 13. Her father initially brought them to Chicago with the promise of help and support from family members local to the area. Because both her parents were college professors back in Syria, they had enjoyed a comfortable quality of life and were looking forward to the same in Chicago. When they realized that teaching wasn’t an option for them in the
U.S., the promised help from family fell through. Suddenly Kinda and her family found themselves struggling to make it in this strange, new country. There were no programs back then to help impoverished immigrant families and they were left to sort of stumble along on their own. Through her Dad’s resilience and incredible work ethic they slowly but surely crawled back from the underbelly.
This experience planted a seed in Kinda that, many years later, would burst out of the ground and quickly sprout branches, leaves, and bear fruit of its own. Now living in San Diego, California, Kinda owns a successful newborn photography business and, together with her husband, cares for their two growing children. She juggles varying needs of family and business with such grace. Balance is not something you find, but something we are always seeking; a journey, not a destination.
Kinda traverses her path so gracefully and always puts her children first. Her dedication to Motherhood is truly inspiring. But when the crisis in her own Motherland hit new levels of devastation last year, Kinda and some other local Syrian friends of hers knew they had to do something to help. It was difficult to send money to Syria without worrying it might wind up in the wrong hands, and even UN relief was not allowed in, so it was hard not to feel helpless out here. But Kinda didn’t let that stop her. Instead they chose to focus on helping the Syrian refugees already here in San Diego…those who had lived through the Hell we only saw short videos of on the news. She didn’t want these people to feel alienated and alone like she and her family had felt all those years ago.
Kinda became a founding member and Vice President of the Heart4Refugees organization whose mission is to empower Syrian refugees in achieving a seamless transition to the U.S. through connecting people to the right services and support networks. They also raise funds to help subsidize rent, and provide necessary
household items, after school programs and much more. In November, Kinda started an “Adopt a Family”
program, encouraging her network of friends to connect with these families on a more personal level. She takes Motherhood to new heights, and now has over 150 new “mothers” to “adoptive” Syrian refugee families under her wing. And I am one of them.
My heart doubled when my son was born, doubled again with my daughter, and now it feels like it might just burst with the addition of this family to our lives. Kinda encourages us all to Mother in new ways, with pure hearts, and unconditional love. Kinda is a living, breathing example of the power of ONE. How one person can truly transform and inspire so much change and possibility in others. She is a beautiful representation of Motherhood in all its forms. She is Beauty Revived.