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Last updated October 31, 2018

Empowering refugee women in the Austin, Texas community.

We've Got News!

Ladies, Let's Talk.

Our free, weekly program of
conversational English practice
for WOMEN ONLY
has just wrapped its September session. 


No October session.


Meetings resume Friday, November 2, 2018. 

Location and other details on the LLT page.

ENROLL a student in LLT

Help a newcomer practice English.

We are currently accepting applications 

for English-speaking women 

to join Ladies, Let's Talk. 


The only requirement is that you be 

English-fluent, and ready for fun and friendship 

with our newly-arrived neighbors!

Register as an LLT volunteer

It was delicious!

A Taste of Syrian & Iraqi Cuisine 

on September 30

was a beautiful evening of 

connection, conversation and cuisine. 


Photos from the event are now in our Gallery.


If you missed it, we hope to 

see you across the table at the next one.

Invite me to the next dinner!

About Us

Our Mission

Hope & Sesame is a Texas non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to empowering recently-resettled refugees through opportunities to integrate economically and socially into the Austin community. 

Making Connections

We work to connect our Newcomers to the rest of the Austin community, and foster a two-way exchange of friendship and culture.


We also strive to connect to each other the many local people, organizations and businesses we've discovered who welcome and support our newest Austinites in a variety of different ways.

Our Chefs

So far, we have presented dinners prepared by Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi chefs, using their traditional, unwritten family recipes and techniques passed down from mothers to daughters. 



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