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Malaz E
5401 Hamilton Ave
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the project

Habboba is a campervan converted into a mobile video-based storytelling studio, Inspired by my late grandmother legacy of radical hospitality and community building through storytelling, the name Habboba " Loved one" is usually given to grandmothers in Sudan. Habboba van is a vehicle for transformation to our communities, a safe space to have an intimate and open conversation and learn about each other while breaking bread and roads together. 

Our first stop is Salam which means peace in Arabic. The goal of this series is to engage the Sudanese communities in Cleveland in a dialogue about peace and what it means to them in Sudan and in their new home America.

Since the current global pandemic of COVID-19 has occurred we have been hearing many stories of people in our communities who have been directly affected by it. so we also want to share their stories with the wider community. The current practice of social distancing is isolating us more from each other, it is now more important than ever that we lean into each other and to build empathy and not fear. 


the steps

April: Van mechanical check and Interior demolition

May: Interior remodeling, Electrical, Plumping

June: Finish Interior - Exterior painting

July: Recording

August: Broadcasting

why we're doing it

For many years I have practiced as an architectural designer in London, Qatar, Sudan and now the US. The common thread I saw in all these places is that we need to build the community before building for the community. In 2019 while designing a community center for Ohio City I drove Uber and Lyft to learn more about how people experience their neighborhood and to reach people who would otherwise not be heard. It was those intimate conversations that revealed the extraordinary stories in our communities, our shared dreams, worries, and struggles. This project aims to build the invisible structure of empathy, that will help us be more just, inclusive, peaceful and genuinely connected communities.

Like my grandmother, the matriarch of our village Habboba brings to you the untold, unheard, unseen stories of our communities. One of these communities is my Sudanese fellows in the US. in 2019 Sudanese people have successfully ended the 30 years dictatorship of Omer Elbashir and its brutal regime in pursuit of Freedom, Justice and Peace. Since then a peace talk has started to end almost two decades of war in Darfur.  “Since 2003 the conflict in Darfur has affected 4.7 million people, , including more than 1.76 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in need of humanitarian assistance.” according to the US Department of State. In Cleveland alone there are more than 420 refugees and immigrants, with Cleveland being one of the first cities to receive the Lost Boys of Sudan in 2001. Doctors, mothers, students, entrepreneurs and workers from Sudan now call Cleveland home, and we want them to share their story with us at Habboba Van's first stop.

Our hope is that Habboba will continue to tell us stories.. one community at a time... follow our journey at @habbobavan on Instagram and Facebook






Van + registration + Insurance                          $7500
Solar Panels $ electrical supplies                     $2300
Plumping system                                              $450
Van insulation & Build                                       $4750

Total                                                                   $15,000

ioby Platform Fee     $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)    $465
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $15,500





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