In a world as interconnected and diverse as ours, it's imperative that we nurture positive relations between faiths, beliefs and cultures. The Breaking Bread Initiative was inspired by The Laudato si’ Challenge, which seeks to sustainably improve the lives of 10 million people 2020—anticipating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 objective of leaving no one behind. We come to this conversation through the lens of entrepreneurship and business, where we find so much opportunity for sustainable and ethical growth.
A Breaking Bread Event is an opportunity for your community to gather with the intention of examining the cultural biases that build walls instead of bridges. It's an opportunity to break bread with those who have yet to be invited to the table - it's a celebration of our common humanity and the hope that sustains all of us in difficult times.
Our first toolkit comes in the form of an inspiring documentary about Mariam al Shaar, a generational refugee who has spent her life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. This film is an opportunity to focus on the plight refugees face in our world today, and to celebrate the ingenuity and perseverance of one woman as a reminder to all of us of the power of hope.