YES Alumna Lamia Lahreche ‘06 has been extremely active since her exchange experience in the U.S. One of her biggest accomplishments has been the creation of a new organization called “Roses of Hope.” This association was founded by Lamia, her mother (acting Vice President) and some of Lamia’s college classmates. The main mission of the association is to raise money by selling handmade arts and crafts. Proceeds are donated to several charitable events and organizations, which include children’s hospitals, senior citizen home visits, and etc. Lamia's association is well-known in her hometown, and has fostered many new partnerships with other NGOs in Algeria. Next up for Lamia is her participation in the 2011 Global Village Training at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania this summer.
Other Algerian alumni have been just as active. Naila Kerkebane ‘06 is a member of an organization called “J’aide Donc Je Suis” (I Help So I am). Its mission is to help the homeless by collecting blankets, raising money and preparing free meals during Ramadan.