SYRIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION (SAF)
& UOSSM USA
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC),
XAVIER UNIVERSITY &
FOREIGN POLICY LEADERSHIp COUNCIL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com or at 513-579-3023.
Help Miami Share the Love at home and abroad!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For other Share the Love questions, please contact Ginger Wickline at (513) 217-4180 or email@example.com.
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.
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).
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.”