Unite and empower the Syrian American community
Advance human and civil rights in Syria with the aim of
establishing a free and democratic Syria
Provide and support scientific, educational and humanitarian
aid to the Syrian people

About Us

The Syrian American Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit, charitable organization, based in Ohio based, founded to support to the Syrian people effected by the current crisis; by providing medical, educational and humanitarian aid.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

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