It’s easy for the good to get overlooked in the news.  While opinions are becoming more and more polarized as the media amps up its engines on the refugee crisis and the Paris bombings, there are many laudable initiatives that are occurring behind the scenes.

Long before all the recent hype on the refugee crisis, people like Hanane Kai have been putting their talents to use to help where they can.  This is from awhile back, but Hanane’s beautiful illustrations  humanize the stories of six women who fled Syria into Lebanon.  It’s not about numbers and threats, its about welcoming people in need.  Read about her project here.

My cousin-in-law Sabine Choucair works as a clown to bring laughter to those who need it.  Al Jazeera covered her recent trip to Lesbos with Clowns Without Borders, where the group spent time with refugees camped out there to bring joy to their desperate circumstances: