Empowering refugee women in the Austin, Texas community.

We’ve Got News!

Ladies, Let’s Talk.

Help a newcomer practice English.

It was delicious!

Our free, weekly program of
conversational English practice
has just opened registration for its

January/February 2019 Session!


First meeting is Friday, January 11. 

Location and other details on the LLT page.

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!

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.

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 AfghanSyrian and Iraqi chefs, using their traditional, unwritten family recipes and techniques passed down from mothers to daughters. 


Events & Announcementa

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