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Causes: Philanthropy, Refugees

Mission: Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a better future for Syria. We develop Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distribute Smart Aid to Syrian families, and fund Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. A nonprofit organization dedicated to help people help themselves, we seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by conflict by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid.

Results: Karam Foundation is proud to be fulfilling its goals. Indication of such can be seen from following some Karam beneficiaries over time. For example, children who were previously part of the Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family program are now growing with other programs (such as Karam Scholars, geared towards higher education). Additionally, in Reyhanli, children who were not accessing formal education prior to our intervention are not only attending classes, but also, in their free time, are taking non-formal education classes offered through Karam House. Karam Foundation’s specific accomplishments in 2017 include: -Opened Karam House: Reyhanli, and welcomed 250 Syrian refugee youth as members -Hosted first group of international mentors at Karam House -Doubled the number of families in the Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family project -Increased the number of Karam Scholars accessing higher education -Launched the Jumpstart for Refugees project in the United States -Grew staff in the United States and in Turkey -Continued to amplify Syrian voices through 67 media mentions, including: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, FORBES, CBS, and The Chicago Tribune

Target demographics: Displaced Syrian children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: tens of thousands of Syrians in need, including 13,490 families, 42,973 children, 3,795 students, and more.

Geographic areas served: Syria, Turkey, Jordan, United States

Programs: Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributing Smart Aid to Syrian Families, and funding Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation has consistently provided very necessary services to the Syrian people for the last four years, and it has done so with great transparency such that donors have confidence that their money is going where it is most needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundations' work with Syrian refugees is extremely impressive. I also really appreciate their transparency regarding their funds, and their informative and responsive news regarding current events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rebuilding public services like the neighborhood ovens, medical supplies to hospitals, providing prosthetic limbs to children, it's all really helpful and it means a lot to many. Keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karam makes helping the people of Syria a possibility for people who don't know where to begin – providing much needed medical support to field hospitals, food supplies to cut-off villages, and hope for those whose government has turned its back on them. There is no more admirable of an organization in my eyes and it deserves every bit of our support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karam is not an average charity. The person who founded it not only creates jobs in the community but went to Syria every once in a while to personally assist in the camps, armed with generous donations and clothing.
A great organization

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly making a difference in people's lives and on the ground.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the story telling part of the foundation. I think the content used to build up a story and a case for donating is very important. As a donor I want to be continuously updated and also have some discretion on how my donation is being spent. I think Karam balances this approach, while being able to scale up their fund raising efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation is nothing less than perfection when choosing an organization to support. Their focus on providing people with the tools they need to continue to move forward is so important. When donating to Karam, I know that my donations will go to where Syrians need it most.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I know this organization does important work, and I am grateful for it. However, I made a donation over the holidays in honor of a friend of mine, and despite numerous requests, she has not been notified of this gift. I am repeatedly assured that she has been notified, and I ask for a copy of the acknowledgement letter. Nothing arrives. Now they have stopped answering my emails ('m sure they are tired of hearing from me.) So I would say absolutely support their important work. But if you are looking to make a gift in the name of someone else, and you want notification sent, this might not be the foundation to choose.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with a passion for helping people!

1 Razan M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing org with amazing projects helping people in need every where with a main focus on the Syrian people scattered in the globe. ...Proud and honored to be part of such a wonderful organization and to work with such Faithful, hard working and giving people..

2 Hana H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor to meet and work with Karam Foundation as part of their Dental team. They are one of the best no-for-profit that provide much needed help for the Syrian refugee children invisible in this world

1 Heba B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor to Karam for a few years now. I feel confident in their ability to help Syrian refugees and I trust their transparent and efficient approach.

1 Maria169

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has amazing efforts to help the Syrian refugees. Their approach is unique and impact reaches far and near. Their team is amazing and so dedicated.

1 ريم

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group that does amazing things for people who really need it. Had the pleasure and honor of volunteering with them on an overseas program; it was a wonderful experience that i'll never forget!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lina and her team are leading the way in helping Syrians in need. I have had the pleasure of working with them in multiple events and couldn't be more impressed by their professionalism and efficiency.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam had done a lot of great things for Syrians, I like the commitment and devotion of Lina the head of the foundation,the organized work of the whole team, and the goals that they set and achieve,especially for kids education ❤️

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people in Karam foundation are truly dedicated people who work in an organized way , and wisely use resources to help Syrian kids refugees. They not just help them to pass the trauma they've been through but give them as well ...love ..hope...and the ability to dream again , and they became role models for a lot of these kids .
I admire there work and would support the foundation in every way possible.

1 Rama B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember when Lina first started the Karam foundation . The last few years she has dedicated every moment of her day to syria . I'm honored to call u my friend . And so grateful for everything you have done for our children , for syria

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation's unique approach to provide smart aid not only in Syria, but also in Turkey makes them stand out in comparison to other non-profits doing similar work across the region. Their transparency and perseverance to continue their work despite facing immense struggles shows their dedication to the cause. Wishing them all the best in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You see the passion and the hard work they do to help others. They come up with unique ideas and projects to build a better future for Syrian Refugees!

2 Karen440

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What is different about Karam Foundation is that they are working at a grass roots level to get aid in to Syria where it is needed the most, but they are also working with the thousands of refugees living in Turkey giving financial support and conducting creative workshops.
Fantastic organisation who spend the money on the people in need, not themselves.
So many great programs, well connected to the Syrian communities and always thinking ahead.