Organizations Supporting the Largest Syrian Event in the US
Nine organizations and companies are supporting Syria Fest as official sponsors
Syria Fest is put on completely by volunteers, including Syrian Cultural House board members as well as local Syrian-American and American journalists, advocates, activists, and professionals. Syria Fest is free to attend for the thousands of participants who enjoy the festival thanks to the generous support of our wonderful sponsors, as well as many individual donors who have contributed to help bring Syria Fest back to the heart of DC!
Learn more about these organizations and come check them out at Syria Fest on September 2! You can also support Syria Fest by making a small tax-deductible donation here.
Platinum Level Sponsors
Syrian American Medical Society
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, neighboring countries, and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS is one of the most active and trusted international NGOs on the ground in Syria. SAMS was founded in 1998 as a professional society, working to provide physicians of Syrian descent with networking, educational, cultural, and professional services.
When the conflict in Syria began in 2011, SAMS expanded its capacity significantly to meet the growing needs and challenges of the medical crisis. SAMS has since supported healthcare throughout Syria, sponsoring hospitals and ambulances, training and paying the salaries of Syrian medical personnel who are risking their lives to save others, and sending life saving humanitarian aid and medical equipment to where it is needed most. SAMS also supports Syrian refugees in neighboring countries and beyond with critical psychosocial support, medical and dental care, art therapy programs, and more.
Founded 25 years ago, Questscope is an innovative organization that works with individuals, communities, local organizations and international partners to produce social, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities for marginalized youth.
Questscope began its work in Jordan, where it designed and implemented, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the first accredited non-formal education curriculum program of its kind in the Arab World. In 2013, Questscope adapted its mentoring program to the particular circumstances of young people displaced by war and violence in the Za’atari Refugee Camp. Questscope launched a Youth Center that has reached more than 3,000 young people in the camp, completely led and directed by a core team of 40 visionary Syrian volunteers.
Since its founding Questscope has implemented successful mentoring, education, and emergency aid initiatives for hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged youth, in partnership with USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, the European Union, the World Bank and others. Questscope has created programs in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Northern Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan, and Germany.
Gold Level Sponsors
Syrian American Council
The Syrian American Council (SAC) is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting educational, civic, economic, and human development, as well as advancing civil liberties and human dignity in Syria. It also aspires to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between American and Syrian people and institutions. SAC’s mission is to empower the Syrian-American community to organize and advocate for a free, democratic, secular and pluralistic Syria through American support.
Sling TV is an American internet television service powered by Dish Network. Sling International offers viewers a variety of television stations from around the world, in languages including Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Polish, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Bangla, Italian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, German, and Mandarin.
Silver Level Sponsors
American Near East Refugee Aid
American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. They mobilize resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Their staff serve in their communities, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. Anera delivered more than $67 million in programs in 2017 alone and continues working to keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.
People Demand Change
People Demand Change INC (PDC), was established in early 2013 in response to the seismic changes taking place in the Middle East, and the need for the implementation of a new relationship between aid providers and the communities on the ground being served. PDC leverages an extensive and trusted network within Syria that taps into the knowledge of local activists, local council leaders, and grassroots media and relief networks, enabling the organization to access privileged, up-to-date information on the ground. This knowledge informs PDC’s programming and enables local and international organizations and policymakers to make informed decisions about the Syrian opposition and ever-changing nature of the conflict. Through programming and local connections, PDC remains committed to supporting a diverse and pluralistic civil society in Syria.
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Islamic Relief USA has worked to provide humanitarian aid for refugees since our founding 25 years ago — from Bosnian refugees in Europe, to Kosovars settling in the United States in the late 1990s, to Syrians in numerous countries today. In 2016 alone, Islamic Relief USA donors helped more than 3 million refugees and displaced families in 13 countries, including the United States.
Awareness and Change
Awareness and Change Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises awareness about democratic aspirations and principles, countering extremism, as well as bridging the Arab-Western cultural gap. The organization adopts and develops creative media and communication methods to empower activists of free-thinking, encourage peace-building, promote positive thinking and trust, embrace diversity, and counter extremism. One of the organization’s projects, NewSyrian.net, seeks to promote and redefine the Syrian identity and place it in its historical and contemporary context.
Come to Syria Fest on September 2 to learn more about these organizations and companies as well as meet other non-profits, vendors, artists and performers!