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Public Engagement
Part of HUMANSERVE's mandate is to inform the Canadian public about humanitarian aspects of Palestinians and Lebanese in the Middle East.  We also endeavour  to develop mutual ties with all individuals, groups and organizations interested in the humanitarian aspects of disadvantaged populations  in the Middle East.  One of the ways we are able to achieve this goal is to organize public engagement activities and to participate in similar activities sponsored by other groups and organizations.

Public engagement activities link international development activities with community awareness and education in Canada.  By making these links, HUMANSERVE works to facilitate a learning process that will enable Canadians to better understand the nature and importance of global issues.  Through public engagement activities, HUMANSERVE encourages Canadians to:

  • appreciate the importance of global interdependence
  • recognize the ability of people in developing countries to find solutions to their own problems
  • understand the many facets required for sustainable development (environmental, economic, social and cultural development)
  • see the importance of Canadian support for international development
  • become actively involved in international development activities at home and abroad


Upcoming Event

Music for a Cause

October 1, 2016

Tarabish Collective | Touch | Kaz Mega | D.J. Bhavesh | Dat Bass Trio
Ahlam & Aditi
| Adnan Shaben & Diana Stabel

Doors 7:00pm | Show 7:45pm

Cash bar and full menu on offer | This event is for adults 18+

Tickets Online at Eventbrite $20 | Tickets at the Door $30

Venue: Room at the Top (RATT) - U of A Campus
7th Floor Students' Union Building,
8900 114 St NW Edmonton AB T6G 2J7

About: Music for a Cause will be an evening filled with the sounds of YEG artists and will showcase Humanserve International's past development projects and current initiatives - presented by Minister Faust. This is an opportunity to see what the organization has been busy with over the past 18 years and to learn how you can contribute to our current and future projects.


PotteryPalestinian Pottery: (Source - Wikipedia) Hand-painted in the West Bank, Modern Palestinian pots, bowls, jugs and cups, particularly those produced prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948, are similar in shape, fabric and decoration to their ancient equivalents. This continuity demonstrates "how persistently the potter's craft clung to tradition through the centuries". (Winifred Needler, Palestine: Ancient and Modern)

Palestinian ceramics are produced at traditional family-owned factories in Hebron and other cities. Covering a wide range of colorful hand-painted plates, vases, hanging ornaments, tiles, cups, jars and framed mirrors, the ceramics are known for the intricate detail of their flower and arabesque patterns.

A selection of beautiful Palestinian pottery from the West Bank will be for sale at the concert. All proceeds will go towards funding future Humanserve relief and development projects. Payment can be made by cash, cheque & credit card.


Tarabish Collective

Tarabish CollectiveTarabish Collective is a collaborative music project based out of Edmonton, Alberta. The music interpreted by this group is influenced by various musical traditions from the Middle East as well as contemporary pop culture. Currently Tarabish Collective is comprised of Jenny Boutros on vocals, Etelka Nyilasi on violin, Marek Orszulik on bass, Ahmad al-Badr on oud, and Martha Steenstrup on percussion. Together, these musicians fuse their diverse musical skills and backgrounds to offer audiences some unique sounds and expressions.
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TouchFollowing a successful WCMA nominated first official release in 2007 with his now business partner Nathan Down aka Nato, Touch spent the next few years touring Canada, opening a recording studio in his hometown, Edmonton, as well as working with international producers from Belgium to China. Known for an engaging and expertly executed performance that includes as many elements of hip hop as one man can possibly fit onto one stage. Touch has rocked the crowd with the greats from hip hop's past and present. Names like RUN DMC, Gang Starr, GZA (Wu Tang Clan) and Hieroglyphics, as well as many other legends have all been on his resume under the “shared the stage with” section.

Just back from a 2016 Canadian tour promoting his last two projects, The Thing and Time Bandits, Touch is back in the studio working on his next Album entitled Gold School. Gold School captures the nostalgic sound of the “Golden Era” of hip hop, and will demonstrate what happens when commercialism is replaced with thoughtfulness, as topics range from procrastination, to Pre Socratic Philosophy are layered over the classic Boom Bap sounds.

Touch's most recent projects have been heavily theme based as songs were painstakingly written to fit into each Album's theme. The Fly, The Thing, and most recently, Time Bandits, have all been albums that have stayed true to their themes throughout, and provide rewards to those that are familiar with such classic films.
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Kaz Mega

KazMegaKazMega is not a rapper, nor is he a poet, nor is he a producer or composer, or beatmaker. He is a journeyman welder of artistic expression, trained to apply hot fiyah to seemingly inflexible topics and forge completely new yet sturdy observations. While artistic expression welding pays significantly less than say-- welding metal, it has provided the opportunity for building communities, safe spaces, international bridges, and potentially schools. Expect sparks to fly, supplied materials to bond together, and the exchange itself to become the trade. Hard hats will not be permitted on site, but thinking caps are mandatory!
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DJ Bhavesh

DJ BhaveshA trance DJ hailing from Edmonton Alberta for Boodang Music Canada, Bhavesh has a long history with the city and it has shaped his sound immensely. Learning from some of the city’s greats Neal K, Rob Clarke and Justin Der his sound has evolved from the early days.

Bhavesh was introduced to the sounds of trance and house by one record, “I first listened the CD Ministry of Sound – Clubber’s Guide to Ibiza 1998 mixed by Judge Jules and Pete Tong and I was hooked on trance and house music. I started listening to more techno/electronic music in the forms of Tall Paul, Paul van Dyk, Sister Bloss and The Slinky Compilations”. During a trip to England soon after, Bhavesh was introduced to some local drum and bass DJs who encouraged him to try mixing. Immediately after arriving home in Canada, Bhavesh bought decks and the rest is history.

The DJs who have shaped Bhavesh’s sound to what it is today include Armin van Buuren, Menno de Jong and Paul van Dyk. Bhavesh has had the opportunity to play in many venues across the city, from the basement of Treehouse Records to Shaw Conference center and Northlands. He has opened for numerous well known international DJs like Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, Lisa Lashes and Gareth Emery. He is currently enjoying local success with Boodang Music Canada and is thankful for all the great experiences.
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Dat Bass Trio

Dat Bass TrioDat Bass Trio, comprised of Fenton, Liam and Greg are all musicians in the Canadian Forces. Fenton received his Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and has been playing trombone for 11 years. Laim received his Bachelor of Music from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and has been playing bass for 28 years. Greg got his Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario and has been playing drums/percussion for 14 years. This unlikely band of charmers brings a wide variety of experience spanning a multitude of musical genres. United by a passion for music, they create an experience like no other.


Ahlam & Aditi

Ahlam & AditiAhlam Sadik has a sociology degree from Grant MacEwan University, and is presently pursuing further studies.

Aditi Gupta has a psychology degree from the University of Alberta and hopes to continue her studies.

Ahlam and Aditi both began writing poetry from a very young age, and are passionate spoken word poets. They are inspired by issues related to human rights, race,social justice, gender and religion. They have been performing together for 5 years.



Adnan & Diana

Adnan  Diana

Adnan Shaben, the son of our Humanserve board member Tracy Shaben, will be joined by his long-term piano/voice teacher Diana Stabel. Adnan loves to perform many different musical genres from contemporary singer-song-writers like Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons to Broadway Musicals and Jazz and is and inspired by You-Tubers Kurt Hugo Schneider and Peter Hollens.



Minister Faust

Minister FaustMinister Faust is a long-time community activist, writer, journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and martial artist in several disciplines.

With more than 25 years of public speaking experience, in front of everything from intimate workshops to TEDx Edmonton to crowds in the tens of thousands, Minister Faust creates the ideal mixture of humorous, wise, technical and inspirational.
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2003 - Speaking of War and Peace
HSI President Vanessa Ali was a guest key note speaker at an event hosted by Citizens for Public Justice and KAIROS. Held in Edmonton.
2002 - Global Visions Festival
HSI sponsored
Gaza Strip by filmmaker James Longley, Screened at the Stanley Milner Public Library, Edmonton.
2002 - Emergency Medical Services Under Siege
HSI sponsored a talk by guest speakers
Mr. Younis Al-Khatib, President of the Palestine Red Crescent Society and Shane Dabrowski, Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fort MacMurray Fire Department. Mr. Al-Khatib was not given permission to travel by the Israeli Authorities, so he joined us via live audio-link. Mr. Dabrowski had volunteered for 6 months as an EMS worker with the PRCS in the West Bank, and was the incident commander at the site of the Jenin refugee camp. Event held at the Engineering Teaching and Lecture Centre, U of A, Edmonton. Co-sponsored by the U of A SU Revolutionary Speakers Series.
2002 - Palestine 101
HSI President Vanessa Ali presented a talk and Power Point show on the history of Palestine and current events leading up to the Intifada. Event held in Calgary.
2001 - Live From Palestine
HSI hosted the filmmaker Rashid Masharawi and screened his film
Live From Palestine. We also had a silent auction of Palestinian art and handicrafts. Held at the Stanley Milner Public Library, Edmonton.
2001 - Global Visions Festival
HSI sponsored
Frontiers of Dreams & Fears (Ahlam El-Manfa) by Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, Screened at the Stanley Milner Public Library, Edmonton.
2001 - Colour the Sky - Free Orient House
members and supporters handed out  RED, BLACK, WHITE and GREEN (colours of the Palestinian flag) balloons with a brief statement attached to passers-by Whyte Avenue, Edmonton.  This local action was mounted in solidarity with Orient House in East Jerusalem which was held under siege by the Israeli Authorities.
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