About Books Not Bombs
As of November 2015, at least 4,017 schools were targeted and attacked, mostly by airstrikes and barrel bombs. Looking just at the last 4 months, 27 schools in Syria have been destroyed -- 89% of those schools were destroyed by aerial bombardment such as barrel bombs and warplane missiles. Because of the bombardments and the current situation in Syria, over 3.3 million Syrian students cannot go to school.
While the world fails to stop the fighting in Syria, we need to do what we can to help our fellow students. Syria needs a next generation of lawyers, architects, doctors and teachers; that is why we are urging universities to create scholarship opportunities specifically for Syrian students to pursue a higher education. The Syria Consortium, created by the International Institute of Education (IIE) has brought together 40 universities who commit to offer Syrian students and scholars a safe haven to continue their studies abroad. As places of academic and educational opportunity, this is the most practical way for universities to contribute humanitarian aid to the unprecedented and desperate plight of the Syrian people. But we need more universities to join this effort.
This campaign aims to push universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students and join the IIE Syria Consortium, enabling Syrian students to receive a safe and quality education. It's the most practical and effective thing universities can do to respond to what the United Nations has declared 'the greatest humanitarian emergency of our time'.
Students Organize for Syria (SOS) is the student-led movement for Syria. We exist to assist the Syrian people in their effort to build a self-determined, pluralistic society by standing in solidarity with them, raising awareness of their cause, and helping to alleviate the current humanitarian crisis in Syria. We believe that students are the educated individuals who are key to this effort and so, we are mobilizing like- minded, ambitious students at campuses nationally to #organize4syria. Student activism is a vital tool for social change and together, we can make a difference. If you are a student and are interested in other ways to participate in student activism for Syria outside of Books Not Bombs, you can find your SOS chapter or start your own here.
Born out of the fight to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, STAND is devoted to creating a sustainable student network that actively fights genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur. By creating political will, we hold our elected officials accountable for preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities, and by supporting young peacebuilders in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries, we help communities build resistance to conflict. Every successful social movement in history has included a vibrant student voice, and the anti-genocide movement is no exception. As such, STAND is the only student-led organization focused on genocide and atrocity prevention. By sounding the alarm on emerging and ongoing conflicts, mobilizing campuses and communities, building meaningful relationships with policymakers, developing young leaders, and creating innovative campaigns, we are leading members of the anti-genocide movement.
The Syria Campaign is a global advocacy group launched in 2014 with the mission to mobilize people around the world to advocate to save lives and accelerate progress towards a peaceful and democratic future for Syria. We work in two ways: (1) Creating communication materials – e.g. reports, infographics, videos – that have the ability to cut through the complexity of the conflict and shift the public narrative on Syria. (2) Running large-scale campaigns that elevate the voices of Syrians and deliver real impact on the ground.
Karam Foundation is a non-profit 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. Guided by the aspirations of the people we serve, we pursue this mission with compassion, transparency, and generosity. Karam means generosity, or giving, in Arabic. In other languages, Karam means duty. It means to act. It means that your actions today will affect our lives tomorrow. We started with a simple idea, an action: TO GIVE. Along the way, thousands of donors believed in our idea and supported us. Today, we are determined to continue our mission: to build a better, brighter future for Syria.
Syria Relief and Development (SRD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing humanitarian aid to Syrians affected by violence, hunger, poverty, injury and displacement. The volatile situation in Syria has created a dire need for food, shelter and medical care. SRD is working to address these needs through our established programs within Syria and in surrounding regions. As of January 1, 2014, we have distributed nearly $10 million in aid to Syrians in need. SRD was incorporated in the State of Kansas in November 2011. We are based in the U.S. with offices in Amman, Jordan and Gaziantep, Turkey.
The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) is a leading nonproﬁt organization of Syrian-North Americans that reﬂects the unique diversity, talents and abilities of the Syrian nation. Its mission is to support the establishment of a free and democratic Syria. In addition, the SEO provides humanitarian relief to those in need and works to promote the social, political and economic development of Syria. Since the Syrian Revolution began, SEO has directly supported activists on the ground by enabling secure communications, providing medical care and humanitarian relief, supporting alternative media, and multiple other projects. SEO is also working hard to raise public awareness and advocate for a more proactive response to the humanitarian crisis.
The Syrian Community Network (SCN) was established by a diverse team of community members with intentions to aid and to assist in easing the resettlement of Syrian refugees. SCN is prepared and organized to support the anticipated influx of Syrian refugees scheduled for resettlement in the Chicagoland area. SCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that will supplement efforts on helping the refugees adjust to their new home. What distinguishes SCN from other organizations is that it wants to facilitate building the bridge for mutual support between the newly arrived Syrian refugees with the local Syrian American, Arab & Muslim communities.
The Syrian Forum USA is a consortium of non-profit organizations that started activities in 2011. The Syrian Forum operates with institutionalized, yet dynamic processes that seek out unique andcreative initiatives. Its work is supported through private donations from Syrians, and international partnerships with governments, foundations, academic institutions, and other non-profit organizations. It is staffed with highly skilled and capable professionals from across various educational and professional backgrounds. SF further encourages the development of its staff by supporting their efforts to continue their education. The Syrian Forum currently employs over 100 highly qualified Syrians across a wide spectrum of professional fields. As of June 2014 SF implemented over 26 million USD in development, service and aid projects since its founding. It aims to expand these activities by investing in facilities, centers and educational institutions that service Syrians in and outside of Syria. Institutions within the Syrian Forum include Ihsan Relief & Development, Alsouria.net, Omran Strategic Studies, Bousla Training & Innovation, Rizk Professional Development, and Fener Community Advancement.
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a non-profit, non-political, educational and humanitarian organization. Its members are medical professionals of Syrian descent. The objectives of SAMS encompass a range of professional, educational, humanitarian and cultural activities. SAMS organizes an annual medical convention in Syria to enhance the medical expertise of our members, contributing to the Syrian medical profession and supporting continuing medical education. SAMS affords its members the unique opportunity to bring technologies of Western medicine to Syria while benefiting from the richness of our Syrian heritage. SAMS also encourages and provides medical care to needy patients of Syrian descent in North America. We organize donations of medicine and medical supplies to underprivileged families in Syria and North America. Through these efforts, SAMS enables professional relationships between its members and medical organizations in North America and Syria, creating lasting and invaluable relationships.
The entire purpose of Mercy Without Limits (MWL) is to help the children of Syria through assistance from donations. They provide health programs, educational programs, and other basic necessities that simply aren’t readily available in the current Syrian environment. They are a non-political, secular, non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping Syrian children. They accept the help of others regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion. Their mission is to provide an environment where Syrian children can thrive.