With great enthusiasm and after much anticipation, the MAAV founding members convened for a strategic planning weekend retreat in Annapolis, Maryland this past July 2010. 

The retreat was graciously funded and sponsored by Dar Al Islam, in its initiative through Project Sakinah to support efforts in the Muslim American community to confront and address gender based violence. MAAV is blessed to have Dar Al Islam as an ally and a supporter of our work. 

All eight of MAAV’s founding members were in attendance and the retreat was facilitated by Hilary Binder-Aviles with Mosaica: Center for Nonprofit Pluralism, a Washington D.C. based non-profit capacity building organization.  MAAV is so grateful to have had Hilary as a facilitator to anchor our discussions and tactfully guide our conversations so that MAAV members could organically determine MAAV’s mission, objectives, shared values and development strategy, among other topics.  In the next couple of months, MAAV will be working on processing information generated from the retreat and executing an intentional recruitment strategy and launch of our collective work. 

MAAV is very excited about the potentials of our growth and look forward to reaching out to the community for folks to join our efforts.  Please stay tuned and check back for further updates.

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