Marianne Kafena was born and grew up in Amman, Jordan. Her father was Palestinian and lived in a refugee camp for a time during childhood. Various members of her family have been affected and harmed by armed conflict and terrorism in the Middle East and Marianne remains committed to supporting humanitarian action promoting peace, particularly in this region. Marianne works with Intisar and her Foundation, aspiring to do what we can to help those traumatized by war, to enable them to grow from surviving to thriving.
Officially registered as a humanitarian organisation with the Charity Commission for England and Wales in 2019, Intisar Foundation is the first charitable organisation in the Middle East dedicated to providing psychological support programmes of drama therapy to Arab women affected by the brutality of war and violence.