Two and a half years ago, Demetri and I started a fundraising effort to help Syrian refugees living in Jordan. With the support of over 200 of our friends and family, we raised nearly $30,000 to purchase and distribute material goods including clothing, school supplies, baby formula, and medical supplies for families in need. Today, we would like to introduce you to The Syria Fund, a 501(c)(3)-accredited charity dedicated to building upon our work and expanding our reach to help Syrian refugees and others affected by this ongoing crisis.
We are dedicated to this cause because from 2009-10, we lived in Syria, a country rich in history and culture. We were astounded by the generosity and warmth of the people we met there, so we were horrified when, mere months after moving back to the U.S., the country was torn apart by violence. Today, over 4 million Syrians have been forced to flee their country and this staggering number keeps growing.
The Syria Fund provides opportunities for refugee families to create a sense of normalcy after experiencing tremendous hardships over more than 4 years of conflict. In the face of this enormous humanitarian crisis, we focus our efforts on families living in Mafraq and Azraq – cities in Jordan with significant populations of Syrians living outside of UN-organized refugee camps. These families are underserved by larger aid organizations and The Syria Fund provides meaningful contributions to directly better their lives.
This October, we are returning to Jordan. We will continue our project of purchasing and distributing food, household goods, and medical supplies and we will start a new initiative to build classrooms for children who have missed years of school due to the conflict.
You can get involved today by making a tax-deductible donation to support The Syria Fund. This is an opportunity for you to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families facing severe hardship.
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing additional information about our projects, partners, and other ways to stay involved with The Syria Fund. Thank you for your support!