LHI Speaks - host an event

Hayley Smith, founder/director of LHI, is passionate about advocacy, awareness, and empowering others to help refugees, whether at home or abroad. With three years of experience on the ground, her perspective is certainly a unique one. The fact that she speaks Arabic has given her further insight into refugee life.

She integrates refugee stories, current news, and her own experiences in a non-partisan, compassionate way.

The main topics covered are
- Refugee crisis: then and now
- and/or Hayley’s unique journey in creating LHI (if I can do it, anyone can).

Hayley is the 2018 recipient of Brigham Young University’s Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award. She is also one of Qatar Foundation International’s #ISpeakArabic campaign.

She enjoys speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including university classes, churches, places of worship, community centers, and many more.

Contact hayley@liftinghandsinternational.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

When you come out to speak, where do you usually stay? Hotel? Local family?
I stay with local family or friends. If I’m having a hard time finding a place to stay, I’ll reach out to you for a contact.  

Do you book/pay your own travel?
LHI has a budget for events like this, so we cover the costs. Every once in a while, we’ll have someone donate air miles as a tax-deductible contribution, which is always very helpful!

Do you like to do a refugee-assistance event of some kind while in town?
Absolutely, though not necessary. There are a few choices, depending on what area your group would like their efforts to benefit.

How far in advance do you recommend planning a visit?
One to three months is a good time-frame, as I often plan my international travel around domestic events. 

Do you need any specific technology set up or type of space for an optimal presentation?
A projector with an HDMI cord is sufficient. However, I often find that if the projector setup is awkward (like, if the screen is off to the side, or the image is projected onto an off-colored wall), it is quite distracting and not always worth having anything projected. I incorporate several narrative devices into my talks that allow audience members to imagine the scenes themselves if a projector doesn’t work out.