Hind Al-Husseni (center) with children at the Dar Al Tifel school in Jerusalem, Palestine 1948
(my grandmother is to her right in the coat with the buttons down the front)
It started with a social worker…
Some influences in our lives run deep. Long before I was born, I was wired for a love of a home and a purpose. A deep, profound, beautiful and liberating purpose. I owe a lot of that to an extraordinary woman.
Hind Al-Husseini opened the Dar Al-Tifel home in Jerusalem 66 years ago today on her birthday, two weeks following the Deir Yassin massacre. She gave my grandmother and other children who had lost their homes and families a home full of warmth and love. Over the years, she gave thousands of Palestinian children a home, an education and a replenishing hope that rekindled purpose.
She taught my grandmother the true meaning of selflessness, strength, determination and resolve. I will always have the sincerest respect and admiration for her humility and modesty. Sit Hind Al-Husseini was a truly beautiful person in every way. Her legacy is a reminder of the unshakable resolve of the people who challenge me to value every blessing, every comfort in every breath, and every precious day of health and happiness.
Hind Al-Husseini, may she rest in power
(April 25, 1916 – September 13, 1994)