“Why support for Syria’s nonviolent fighters is key to ending the war” on Waging NonViolence

170421 Waging NonViolenceThere will be no end to the civil war in Syria without the sustained and active participation of Syrian activists, peacebuilders and humanitarians inside the country, in the surrounding region, and dispersed in the diaspora.

These individuals and groups, which are operating under the most difficult conditions imaginable, are building and sustaining health and education systems, protecting civilians from violence and extremism coming from multiple sides, organizing to increase community participation in the peace process, and trying to imagine and piece together an alternative future. They include groups like the The White Helmets, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Karam Foundation, Citizens for Syria مواطنون لأجل سوريا, Syria Deeply, Project Amal ou Salam – مشروع أمل وسلام , the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria, the المنصة المدنية السورية Syrian Civil Society Platform, الرقة تذبح بصمت Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Khadraa Organization, Syrian Expatriate Medical Association – SEMA, منظمة بنفسج – Violet Organization, the Syrian Emergency Task Force and Women Now For Development. These organizations are building the resilience, social capital and civic infrastructure upon which a future peace will rest.

The voices of these Syrian nonviolent fighters should be amplified in the media, their shoestring budgets should receive multi-year support, and they should feel international solidarity.

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Insight on conflict

Project Amal ou Salam has been featured on Insight on Conflict, a platform published by Peace Direct as a resource on local peacebuilding around the world.

We are very proud to be recognised as one of the projects to watch in the region, a point of reference with regards to the work with Syrian child refugees.

Our presence is now well established and we once again wish to thank all those who made it possible with their dedication, love and unfailing support.

To access our page on Insight on Conflict click here.


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Euphrates Institute 2016 Visionary of the Year

Our founder and director Nousha Kabawat was chosen as 2016 Visionary of the Year by the Euphrates Institute:

Every year, the Euphrates Institute recognizes one person doing extraordinary work at a grassroots level, striving to make the idealistic realistic and the impossible possible.
Visionaries are those whose fearless and indomitable spirit has allowed them to transform the hearts, minds and actions of those around them, and to reveal a solution where there was previously despair.

The Visionary of the Year award is a way for the Euphrates Institute to both honor and spotlight their work.

With the Syrian conflict at the forefront of our news and heavy in our hearts, this year we honor Nousha Kabawat, a Syrian-Canadian who founded Project Amal ou Salam (Hope and Peace), a grassroots organization that is dedicated to empowering Syrian refugee children and helping them to shape a better future.

On our Euphrates trip to the Middle East in September, we had the opportunity to spend a day with Nousha at Project Amal ou Salam’s school in Jerash, Jordan. It was incredible to see Nousha’s leadership and energy in action, as well as her commitment to the school’s staff and students. We were deeply inspired by the light and hope the kids expressed as they told us about their ambitions, played games and sang songs with us.

We are very proud to receive an award that recognises the impact and worth of our work.

This is the amazing video they shot while visiting Amal ou Salam school in Jarash, Jordan. Enjoy!

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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