January 10 2017

Lifting Hands International: Hayley Smith

Scabs, Program Director

This story is about compassion tied to action. It’s about a nation displaced. It’s about the power of language to build and heal. It’s about humanity and it’s about home.

Listen, as we follow the evolution of Hayley Smith, founder and director of Lifting Hands International. Over the last year, Hayley decided she could no longer be a bystander in the worldwide refugee crisis. Early January 2016, on the small island of Lesvos, Greece she came face to face with what she describes as a desperate human exodus. Iraqi, Syrian, and Afghan men, women, and children fleeing Turkey for the hopeful safety of European waters. What she saw changed everything for her.

“When we enter the camp, we’re the ones being healed because of their hospitality, and their love and appreciation.”

Show notes:

www.liftinghandsinternational.org

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photo credit: LHI

About the Author

Scabs is a mother, best friend, and storyteller, especially around a camp fire. She grew up in the farm country of the midwest. Her first job was picking strawberries. Now she is the Program Director for the Bloom Retreat. She also runs Bloom's podcast Love Rice. In college she studied Dance and Human Development and spent 18 months living among the people of the Philippines. She lives in a dusty old historic home in Arizona with her two children, two dogs andthe meanest old cat alive. She is also basically the heart and soul of Bloom.