My destiny has been forged around the meanings of my name: Ariane Alzhara Kirtley. Ariane, the woman in Greek mythology who led Theseus to safety. Alzhara, Arabic for a rare, ephemeral flower of the Sahara. Kirtley, “over those hills” in Old Gaelic. Like the Alzhara flower I blossomed in the wondrous wastelands of the Sahara, where I also nourished my passion for helping others to safety. All the while, my inner compass steers me “over those hills” and beyond, propelled by an irresistible compulsion to walk, seeking new worlds of adventure, discovery, and meaning.
I am the founder and director of the nonprofit Amman Imman: Water is Life.