Five years ago, Jenna* lost her brother and father in the Syrian war. She was threatened for months with being...
Zakat Foundation in syria
Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Christians, Druze, Alawite Shias and Arab Sunnis, the last of whom make up a majority of the population.
Since March 2011, Syria has been engaged in a devastating civil war resulting in hundreds of thousands of Syrians to flee to the nearby countries of Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and more recently to the countries of Northern Europe. Millions still remain inside Syria, which is currently divided into four different zones of control between the regime in the south and west, the Free Syrian Army in the northwest and parts of the south, Daesh in the north, center, and east, and Kurdish troops in the far north. Syrian civil society has been effectively wiped out, leaving its citizens with little choice but to set off on the risky journey to asylum as refugees, or to stay in the country and ride out an increasingly destructive civil war and one of the worst humanitarian disasters of modern times.
Since 2011, Zakat Foundation of America has invested over $10 million into aid and assistance for distraught Syrians inside and outside the country. ZF has opened schools in Turkey and inside Syria itself, opened medical clinics for victims of the conflict in Syria and the surrounding countries, and has even funded a large bakery to provide food for distressed communities. ZF has also assisted Syrian refugees as they make their dangerous trek to Europe, and is inside Syria every year for the Ramadan and Eid holidays.
Sources: UN Stats | UNESCO | World Bank