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No.10 September 2019 - March 2020

HOME is an online and print magazine that illuminates the positive parts of Lebanon. This global community is an inclusive space for Lebanese of the world and lovers of Lebanon to explore the bridges that bind them together. Dive into our pages to discover: ❖ Beauty & Fashion ❖ Homeland & Heritage ❖ Design & Gastronomy ❖ Family, Sports & Health ❖ Giving Back & Inspiration ❖ Business, Vocation & Entrepreneurship ❖ The Voice of the Diaspora

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4 min
sensio air breathe easy

Imagine living in a world where you didn’t have to worry about the quality of the air you breathed, a world where you could confidently walk out of your house and not have to think twice about the pollutants hijacking the air. While pollution is far from solved, strides have been made in detecting allergens and toxins in the atmosphere. Sensio Air is a multi-award-winning healthcare analytical device that was founded by husband and wife duo Cyrille Najjar and Eve Tamraz-Najjar, Ph.D. Najjar is the founder of White sur White, a design think tank, and the CEO of White Lab, a healthcare analytics and biotechnology company. He is also a teaching fellow at University College London, and an Honorary Fellow at Cambridge University. Tamraz-Najjar holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and focuses on health…

6 min
nada helou restoring fortresses of faith through mosaics

With 7,000 years of history to its name, a stunning array of civilizations have left their mark on Lebanon. Nada Helou is part of a group of archeologists who discovers, preserves, and fights for mosaics and frescos. Based far away from the hustle and bustle of Beirut, Nada Helou enjoys a tranquil life in Hosrayel, Jbeil. During our conversation — one that lasted an hour, yet spanned the history of mosaics across the ages — it felt as though we’d been to the sites themselves without once getting up off the couch. Academically, and on the ground, the study of religious mosaics — particularly, icons — has been the driving force in Helou’s life. However, this has not always been the case. After a brief foray in theater in Russia, a change…

7 min
representing home in the big apple majdi ramadan

You don’t have to be a hero to serve. The community needs average people, like you and me. It’s really not more than small random acts of kindness. With HOME etched into their hearts and souls, Lebanese diplomats represent Lebanon everywhere in the world. Majdi Ramadan is one such example of an individual. As Consul General of Lebanon in New York, Ramadan’s diplomatic role brings pride and recognition to his country. In his earlier years, Ramadan majored in political studies at the American University of Beirut, and then attended the Lebanese University, obtaining his law degree while working as a diplomat. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University in New York in 2007. Ramadan transformed the historic consulate in New York into a HOME away from HOME for all Lebanese.…

3 min
libanpost a visionary in social responsibility

For 21 years, LibanPost has been committed to innovating the postal service in Lebanon while exceeding the needs and expectations of its users. Indeed, LibanPost confronted Lebanon’s many regional challenges and economic setbacks head on, making it so much more than a simple mail delivery provider, that it progressively earned the friendly label of “life facilitator” on behalf of its fellow citizens. A privately-owned company, LibanPost became part and parcel (pun intended) of a large-scale reconstruction project to restore and overhaul Lebanon’s postal sector’s infrastructure from square one, following the Lebanese Civil War. It utilized the newest technologies, automated and modernized its business methods, diversified and found new opportunities for growth, and acquired new amenities in order to become the country’s one-stop shop not only for all things related to mail…

11 min
the babikian family from cilicia to lebanon and beyond

HOME has a tradition of showcasing Lebanese families, or what might be considered clans, that share the same name and heritage, often uniting under an association in the family’s name, like the Ma’lufs, Osseirans, Skaffs, Chehabs, Sinnos, Hamadehs, Bustros, and Daouks. In choosing an Armenian family, HOME sought to highlight their dual role as Armenians arrived in Lebanon relatively recently, and their families do not have the same historical timeline in the country. The choice of the Babikian family is primarily due to their dual role as active supporters of the Armenian community and culture in Lebanon as well as active participants in the social and political life of the broader Lebanese society. The Armenian Church We begin with a brief introduction to the Armenian Apostolic Church because it has played such…

7 min
arts and renaissance school art as a family affair

Lebanon offers a plethora of art schools but very few specialize in the art of teaching the fundamentals of technique, one that meticulously guides students to develop and progress their craft. One of those schools is Arts and Renaissance — a respected and established family-owned art institution that has taught thousands of art enthusiasts in Lebanon. HOME sat with founders May and Fouad Tomb to hear their remarkable journey that spans several decades — one that takes them from the Gulf to Canada, before returning to their beloved HOMEland. On a sunny morning, May and Fouad Tomb greet HOME into their main art school on a leafy and quiet street in Kfarahbab, a town in the Keserwan district of North Lebanon. The school is encircled by its own private patio on…