Ari's history of working to improve the lives of others started in 1998, when he opened a school for street children in Iraq whose families had fled to safer cities. Since then, he has worked with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and was instrumental in the opening of an English language school, where he later became the director.
Ari is multilingual and has translated several books with the goal of communicating to the people of Iraq that peace is the best way of life.
Since 2014, Ari and his team have compassionately helped over 100 Yazidi families who fled because of war and persecution, losing everything but their lives. By giving them physical and emotional support, he has built relationships and trust that enable him to help the Yazidi families to reestablish their lives and heal from the trauma.
Ari has been working alongside GHNI since 2015. He and his wife, Saya Hadi, have two wonderful boys, Aro and Andy.