Rizk Expands in Turkey

Rizk for Professional Development, one of Syrian Forum's six institutions, is opening an office in Gaziantep.

Rizk works to prepare and enhance Syrians' personnel skills to fit the Turkish job market, in order to find employment for Syrians living in Turkey. Rizk provides its services free of charge to Syrian refugees so that they can support themselves and their families. Since its establishment in June 2014, Rizk has arranged over 6,000 jobs for Syrians living in Turkey through its office in Urfa.

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Don't Miss the Chance of Helping Syrian People Affected by the War

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Many children and young Syrians were physically harmed by the very violent war in Syria, and suffered permanent disability which led to a growing sense of inferiority and lack of involvement, and interaction with others.

Nojoom Al Ghad (Stars of the Future) Sports Academy, one of the Syrian Forum’s programs, has launched a sports program that would improve the skills of people with disabilities and those affected by the war in Syria, trainers and trainees, through individual sports like table tennis (ping pong), and team sports like basketball.

These sport activities will help people with disabilities improve their health and mental well-being, reduce anxiety and depression, increase their self-esteem and gain new experiences and new friendships.
Nojoom Al Ghad Academy is a youth sports program that seeks to serve young Syrian athletes in Turkey. It was established in 2014 to provide the Syrian refugee youth with constructive activities, to engage and build strong relationships with each other, and to foster healthy integration within the Turkish society.
The first phase of this program has been completed successfully by having 6 players join and training them 3 hours a week on a regular basis. Lots of people with disabilities are hoping to be part of this activity in the second phase of this program.
The Academy is planning to reach 20 players by the end of 2016, which will cost $27,000 to provide special care, transportation, wheelchairs and coaches’ salaries.
Don’t miss the chance of being part of fulfilling their hope.

Mr. Ghassan Hitto, CEO of the Syrian Forum, speaks at SETA conference

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During his US tour Mr. Ghassan Hitto, CEO of the Syrian Forum, was among invited speakers at a conference on the Syrian refugee crisis hosted by The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) in Washington DC. 

The panel entitled "Confronting the Syrian Refugee Challenge" included Fuat Oktay, the President of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey (AFAD) and Burhanettin Duran, the President of The SETA Foundation, and was moderated by Kilic Kanat, Research Director at The SETA Foundation.

Other speakers included Her Excellency Mrs. Emine Erdoğan, the first lady of Turkey, Sare Aydın, the President of Women and Democracy Foundation (KADEM), Nilüfer Bulut, the President of the Turkish Businesswomen Association (TİKAD), and Nadia Alawa, the President of NuDay Syria.

Thank you to SETA DC for organizing this conference and for inviting us to speak. Read about the conference on  SETA's website and check out video on YouTube and photos below!


Mr. Hitto and Mrs. Erdoğan

Hitto in the first conference for development response

Ghassan Hitto, CEO of Syrian Forum, participated in the first conference for humanitarian response in Syria hosted by the Sham Islamic Organization on October 25th, 2014 in Istanbul. The conference discussed one of the most important issues in the current Syrian scene: the development sector in liberated areas.

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