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Thank you to all those who joined us for our Annual Iftar Dinner
Sunday, March 17, 2024


31 years of Giving 

29th Annual Iftar Update (March 2024)

Thank you to all of you who joined, supported, or contributed to the 29th Annual Iftar on March 17th. We were able to raise $22,000 which will go towards another year of operations for the SAWA/Bareeq school and also support local charities in Syria.  


Thanks to your generosity, we are able to support the SAWA Bareeq school for another year and help them expand from to 150 students. Watch this short video to learn more about how our donations are impacting the community. And read our 2023 Year in Review below to hear about your impact last year.  We are grateful for your generosity!

2023 Year in Review

In 2023, we raised $40,000 thanks to your generosity.  We partnered with a couple of organizations to provide support.

The first organization we supported is the Marist Brothers in Aleppo,  I’m sure you all recall the devastating earthquake that hit Syria and Turkey on Feb 6th of last year, which only compounded the effects of the on-going humanitarian crisis in Syria!  


"In a few hours, more than a thousand people, numbed by the cold, soaked by the rain, trembling with fear, shouting and crying, came to find shelter with the Marist Brothers."  We thought it would be best if you heard directly from the Marist Brothers volunteers about how they’re helping so let’s watch this short 2-minute video.  

The Blue Marist have provided assistance to thousands of displaced families through the distribution of food, hygiene products, clothes and shoes. They have distributed powder milk for newborns and children every month.  They supported the medical care for the people who could not be assisted in the overcrowded hospitals and paid the rent for the people who had lost their dwelling. It’s great to see that camaraderie and see that they’re all working together to rebuild. 

The second organization we’ve partnered with is Bareeq as we continue to fund the SAWA /Bareeq school that was started in 2022. Yes, it’s not a typical school that we’re all used to, but it’s the best they can do right now to provide these children with access to education. You can watch the full 3-minute video to see how the Syrian youth are making the best of what they have.

In addition to these efforts, we also donated to Drop of Milk in Damascus, who are helping many families in need.

Thank you for your generosity and continued support.  You can read more about the impact in previous years on our 'Projects' page. 

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