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Assalamu Alaykum,

On behalf of the Syrian American Foundation (SAF) and UOSSM USA, we all pray you have blessed Ramadan, you and your family are protected from harm and evil, your life continue uninterrupted by major calamities, and Allah’s Mercy and blessing to shower you.

Nine years ago, the small Syrian community in the tristate area, started the Syrian American Foundation and reached out to the larger Muslim community seeking their help to support fellow Syrian suffering form the brutality committed against them. The community came through in an amazing fashion and donated generously.

Since then, SAF & UOSSM USA leaned on the community in annual fundraisers to support its relief work and every year the community continued its kind and amazing support.  This support helped SAF & UOSSM USA, deliver food, medical supply, medical relief, and sanitary facilities in the refugee camps.  In addition, SAF able to support the local Syrian refugees in the tristate area and, for the past 4 years, fund a part position for a refugee coordinator within ICGC’s Rahma social services.

This year, SAF & UOSSM USA annual joint fundraiser was scheduled for the last weekend before Ramadan, the weekend of April 18.  However, due to the stay at home order and the situation associated with the Corona virus, the fund; raiser had to be cancelled before even advertising it.  Therefore, this year, SAF 9th annual fundraiser will be a virtual fundraiser through emails and text messages.

While we understand that there are charitable needs exacerbated by the current situation, we also appreciate that Allah’s barakah can encompasses all.  We encourage all to divide their charitable donation between worthy causes to meet the challenge imposed upon us and to help our Muslim institutions and organizations to continue the great work they are going.

The need of the Syrian Refugees in Northern Syrian is beyond explanation in a short letter like this one.  The need has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 situation.  Imagine trying to fulfill the hygiene recommendations of washing hands for 20 seconds while there in no running water or maintaining social distancing in cramped tent that has 5-10 family members.

As a continued supporter, we are hoping that you can match your last your donations, or 50% of it.  Help us deliver badly needed medical services, food, and sanitary services to those that have been forgotten by the rest of the world.

As you contemplate your donation please remember this:

  • Allah Subhanahu Wataalla says in surah Al-Baqarah (2:268):

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The Shitan frightens you with prospect of poverty and commands you shameful stinginess, while Allah promises you forgiveness and abundance of blessing from him and Allah is All-Encompassing and All-Knowing.

  • Allah Subhanahu Wataalla also says in surah Al-Baqarah about the reward of those who spend in his sake (2:268):  Aya2

Those who spend their wealth by night and by day, secretly and publicly they will have their reward with their lord, no fear will be upon them, and they will not grieve.  

We thank you for your support and we pay that Allah protect you and your family and please remember us in Duaa.

For Check payment, please mail your check to:

SAF
PO Box 421
Mason, OH 45040

or You may donate via PayPal

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or Credit Card Payment or if you like to donate directly to UOSSM USA

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Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this donation. Syrian American Foundation (SAF)  and UOSSM USA are Federally Tax Exempt Non-Profit 501(C)(3) charitable Humanitarian Organization

 

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SYRIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION

in collaboration with

UOSSM USA

invite you to

Rohingya and Syria; when humanity fails

7th Anniversary of Syrian Revolution Fundraising Dinner

Join us to learn more about SAF and UOSSM efforts to help our brothers and sisters in Syria and Myanmar.

An exclusive collection of handmade items by Syrian refugees in Turkey and other items will be on sale before dinner.

 

Syrian & Rohingya, when humanity failsPurchase yourtickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rohingya-and-syria-when-humanity-fails-tickets-4450523736

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SYRIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION (SAF)
& UOSSM USA
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC),
XAVIER UNIVERSITY &
FOREIGN POLICY LEADERSHIp COUNCIL
PRESENT

Chemical Weapon Use in the Syrian Conflict

An Eye Witness Account

 

Coming soon to Cincinnati!
Mark your calenders Oct.21st 5pm


Syrian American Foundation & UOSSM USA invite to meet Dr. Houssam Alnahhas, Coordinator for CBRN-TF (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Task Force) for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organization. He will make a presentation about the use of Chemical weapon in the Syrian conflict. He is currently in the US at Harvard University FXB Center for Human Rights working on the Burden of War Project.
https://fxb..harvard.edu/

He also recently presented at the NCT USA 2017 (Non-Conventional Threat) Defense workshop on the use of CBRN and IED in Syria, urging the international community to take action, he highlighted the severe shortages of medical equipment, both for response to CBRNe and training of personnel.
http://nct-usa.com/nct-usa-comes-to-an-end-after-a-successful-third-edition/

Who is Dr.Houssam Alnahhas?eyewitness

Houssam Alnahhas was born in Damascus, Syria. Currently, he is the Information Management Coordinator for the International Union of Medical Relief and Care Organizations (UOSSM), and the Local Coordinator for the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Task Force. Houssam studied clinical medicine at Aleppo University, but he chose to put that on hold to practice emergency medicine in Aleppo, Syria between 2011 and 2014. During this time, he led a medical team to treat casualties and coordinated efforts between various NGOs to direct humanitarian efforts. He has now resumed his medical studies at the Cerrahpasa Medical School at Istanbul University. Alnahhas recently joined the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights to add context from his field experience and support the technical work related to the Burden of War Project.

 

 

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In light of the escalating events occurring in Syria and the protraction nature of the crisis, there is an urgent need to support the Syrian people and a huge responsibility on every one of us, to stand up for the people who need us; now more than anytime before.From-Syria-with-love

Our role is vital and our responsibility towards the Syrian people increases, especially when funds are drying and interests of many people are decreasing, if not already absent.

Please make an effort to support the work of SAF/ UOSSM USA, by attending the fundraising, by volunteering some of your time, by donating, by spreading the word with your friends and families, and sharing info about the work of SAF and UOSSM USA through your social media.

Miracles don’t happen. But, there is a say: when a person works for a higher purpose than him- or herself, this is when miracles happen.
And they do!

Please spread the word and reserve your tickets ASAP  (before May 15) Remember to invite your friends and colleagues. Babysitting spots are very limited.

here is link to purchase your ticket online:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-aleppo-save-lives-build-hope-tickets-24964351046

 

 

 

American Red Cross Responds to Syrian Crisis Campaign

Clothing drive created as follow-up to need expressed at Listening Forum;
aims to bring warmth to the refugees of Syria
 

CINCINNATI (January 12, 2016) –  On October 28, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross held its first “Listening Forum” as a way to hear and share information about the world’s many refugee and migrant communities.  This first forum focused on what is arguably the largest and most dire health crisis in the world at the moment: that of the Syrian refugees. The forum included panelist from the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) who are currently serving and responding to the crisis. Attendees included agencies and organizations currently serving refugee populations.

During the forum, many people asked how they could help. The panelist talked about the need for coats, blankets, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters and any other warm clothing items that could benefit the people of Syria that are braving the cold winters. As an outgrowth of this response, the Red Cross is holding a clothing drive in which all items collected will go to support the refugees in Syria.

The campaign begins on Friday, Jan. 15 and ends Friday, Feb. 12.

Items can be dropped off at various locations across the region:

1.     American Red Cross:  2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati

2.     Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati: 8092 Plantation Dr., West Chester

3.     Xavier University Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue:  On Xavier’s campus- House Address 3853 Wedgwood Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

For questions about the drive, please contact Kayla Iheukwu, Red Cross International Services Coordinator, at kayla.iheukwu2@redcross.org or at 513-579-3023.

 

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Help Miami Share the Love at home and abroad!

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The Heroin Epidemic – Understanding Substance Addiction in Butler County & How It Affects Children

(Scott Gehring, CEO, Sojourner Recovery Services)

Weds 2/10 from 10-11 (JHN 136/137)

Supplies needed: Soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, hairspray (non-aerosol), shave gel (non-aerosol), pens, journals, children’s books, coloring books, crayons, and markers. Supplies provide “Baskets of Hope” for new rehab residents and their children in Hamilton, OH.

 

Syrian American Foundation (SAF) – http://syrian-american.org/what-saf-do/

 

Understanding the Syrian Crisis

(Dr. Mel Cohen, Dr. Jerry Martin, Dr. Gina Petonito, and Dr. John Schaefer, Miami University)

Mon, 2/15, 1-2 PM (JHN 142)

 

Understanding Trauma – How the Syrian Crisis Affects Children

(Dr. Khaula Sawah, CEO, Union of Medical Care & Relief Organizations- UOSSM)

Weds 2/24, 1-2 PM (JHN 136/137)

Supplies needed: New or clean, gently used clothes, shoes, winter gear, and blankets (underwear must be new); towels and washcloths (new); diapers; small non-battery toys and stuffed animals; and crayons, pencils/pens, paper/notebooks. Supplies will be shipped directly by SAF/UOSSM to displaced persons in Syria.

Penny Challenge: Support your favorite charity (Sojourner Recovery Services or Syrian American Foundation) throughout the month of February by bringing your pocket change to the Information Desk in Johnston Hall. The winning charity will be given an additional $200 by Miami!

Supply Drive: Each grocery-bag sized donation gets you a lollipop and an entry into a drawing for a FREE IPAD (valued at $400)! We will be doing concentrated drives, sorting, and donation delivery on Friday, February 12th  and Friday, February 26th from 10 AM – 6 PM in Johnston Hall, East (Bookstore) Entrance. Donations for both charities will also be collected ongoing throughout the month of February. Bring your donations to the Information Desk in Johnston Hall at any time during business hours. Our goal is 100 boxes of supplies for Syria and 25 boxes of supplies for Sojourner Recovery Services.  Opportunities to sign up as a volunteer to assist with the supply drive will be provided by The Office of Community Engagement & Service (CES).  Please contact Crystal Ford for more details at (513) 727-3339 or fordcm2@miamioh.edu. For other Share the Love questions, please contact Ginger Wickline at (513) 217-4180 or wicklivb@miamioh.edu.

 

Sponsored by 

SERVE (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts), Circle K, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Model UN, Student Veterans Association (SVA), Miami’s Global Initiatives (Oxford), Psychology Department (Oxford) and Miami’s Regional Offices: Student Affairs, Student Activities, Dean’s Office, the English Language Center (ELC), the Office of Community Engagement & Service (CES), the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Services, and the Miami Middletown Diversity Council.

 

Miami Middletown – 4200 North University Boulevard – Johnston HallSHARE POSTER FINAL

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Syrian American Foundation (SAF) and Rahma Relief Foundations would like to invite you to an EXCLUSIVE screening of “Little Gandhi,” a new documentary directed by critically acclaimed director Sam Kadi (The Citizen).

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This documentary follows the life of peaceful Syrian activist Ghiyath Matar, who became internationally known as “Little Gandhi” for his initiative of facing security fire and violence with flowers and bottles of water. Ghiyath was a key organizer in leading peaceful protests in his homeland “Daraya” against one of the most vicious regimes in the 21st century, inspiring people worldwide. His brutal torture and death at the age of 26, merely a few months after his marriage with a baby on the way, outraged the international community and erupted one of the most violent uprising in modern history.
The film was made to build a better understanding of what the Syrian Revolution is all about and what it stands for. To unveil the truth about the real young educated Syrian heroes who initiated the movement in Syria way before the Arab Spring. To shed light on these brave Syrian activists who, according to them, were inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. To remind the world about the lives that were sacrificed in order to keep the Syrian movement a peaceful uprising, in spite of the unprecedented violence by the Syrian regime. The filmmaker strives through “Little Gandhi” to share with the public, especially in the west, these inspiring stories that the international media in general intend to ignore in order to justify the cluelessness of the international community who has been witnessing the worst humanitarian disaster of our time.
“Little Gandhi” is a source of inspiration and a heroic story that needs to be told and shared with the rest of the world.

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/853032284810871/
About the film:
In order to raise awareness and educate the world about the grave human rights situation in Syria, and via one of the Transitional Justice Programs sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) has co-produced a feature documentary film entitled LITTLE GANDHI.
This documentary follows the life of peaceful Syrian activist Ghiyath Matar, who became internationally known as “Little Gandhi” for his initiative of facing security fire and violence with flowers and bottles of water as a method of establishing a non-violent dialogue leading to a free democratic society. He was a key organizer in leading peaceful protests in his homeland “Daraya” against one of the most vicious regimes in the 21st century, inspiring people worldwide. His brutal torture and death at the age of 26, merely a few months after his marriage with a baby on the way, outraged the international community and erupted one of the most violent uprising in modern history.
LITTLE GANDHI is directed by award winning director Sam Kadi. Mr. Kadi is the writer/director of critically acclaimed feature drama The Citizen. The Citizen was the recipient of five awards on the international film festival circuit, and was named among the “Best 10 Films of 2013” by Examiner.com. Kadi has been recognized by the prestigious Cinema for Peace for raising awareness of human rights issues through motion pictures, and was invited to speak about the same subject before the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands in 2012. In 2014, the SHOAH Foundation, founded by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, chose Kadi as a “Spotlight Juror.”