Happy New Year! 2016 had a lot of ups and downs but we couldn't be more proud of everything that has happened at The Syria Fund this year. That is why we are so excited to present you with our FIRST annual report! As you read about the major accomplishments of our first 15 months of existence, please consider making a donation to The Syria Fund as part of your end-of-year giving.
In the first year of The Syria Fund, we learned and accomplished so much and we have felt the full range of emotions. Working with our partners on the ground in Jordan, we have met and heard the stories of families in heartbreaking situations and also felt the immense joy of helping to lighten the load for so many in need. We built a community of supporters from across the United States and around the world who lend their support because we all believe that families deserve a safe place to call home and every child deserves a chance to get an education.
We have been so touched by outstanding generosity of all of you, our donors, who come from nearly every state and across the world. Every food parcel, every warm blanket, and every smile on the face of a little boy or girl back in school for the first time in years is possible because of your contributions. From the young supporter who sewed stuffed animals by hand to the classroom of third-graders who performed Syrian melodies on the recorder to share with our refugee music students in Jordan to the dozens of volunteers who helped with everything from designing mailers to tax advice, we have been humbled by the selfless desire of so many to make an impact. Together, we can grow The Syria Fund, expand our programs, and reach across the world to positively impact the lives of thousands and remind them that they are not forgotten. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
The Syria Fund's Major 2016 Accomplishments:
1. Created 5 new education facilities that now host over 500 students
2. Employed 9 fulltime teachers, both Syrian and Jordanian
3. Distributed 1000s of critically-needed items to vulnerable families who needed it most
4. Launched our first music program, Songs for Syrians, and expanded it to reach 200 students
5. Kept all administrative and development costs under 7%, ensuring that 93% of funds raised went directly towards TSF programming
Thank you for an amazing year! Here is to a more peaceful and joyful 2017 for Syrian families and all others around the world who need it most.
Lexi, Demetri and The Syria Fund team