The crisis in Syria, now in its 9th year, is making headlines around the world as the fallout of the Assad regime's brutality against the people of Syria has reached Europe and beyond in a palpable way. It has long been acknowledged as the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. But the suffering has been ongoing for nine years - before the flocks of refugees started arriving on European shores - inside Syria and in the displaced Syrian diaspora. And it persists today with the same intensity.
Syrians around the world, and indeed everyone with a keen conscience, are deeply hurt and enraged by what they're witnessing, but are also frustrated with a sense of desperation and helplessness. How do we help our fellow Syrians, our fellow humans? Where to go from here, they ask. What to do?
Occasional bouts of humanitarian relief are the typical response to such challenges, but they are not strategic nor are they sustainable.
Hence the need for Syrian Forum: A systemic, sustainable, comprehensive, institutional response that comprises, and goes well beyond, direct humanitarian assistance, to include ways in which the Syrian people can help themselves rise up from the depths of tragedy and despair, and into sustainable security and prosperity.
Syrian Forum is composed of over 900 dedicated full-time employees and professionals who are bound together, determined to offer a 360 degree comprehensive and functional alternative to the sense of defeatism and desperation. Syrian Forum’s goal is to help Syrian individuals and institutions acquire the necessary competence and skillset to rebuild, develop, and sustain Syrian lives. Syrian Forum USA, based in Chicago, Illinois, is independently registered as a 501(c)3 and works to support Syrian Forum's work inside Syria, Turkey, and beyond.
To enable Syrian Americans and Americans at large to help Syrians take the lead in securing their own social, cultural, and economic prosperity.
To educate society on and enable it to uplift Syrians' lives by offering accessible, quality services that include humanitarian aid, professional development, job placement, good governance training, policy analysis & advocacy, and media representation in order to set the ground for establishing a society of justice and dignity, founded mainly on internal capacities and self-sufficiency.
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