ZEITOUNA WINTER 2013 has chosen to work with the Al Salam School in Reyhanli, Turkey DECEMBER 9 -13. The school is home to over 1200 Syrian refugee students from grades 1-9.

WITH OVER 2 MILLION REFUGEES and 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), Syria is now the largest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. While the brutal living conditions of displacement severely affect all Syrians, the children are the ones to bear the highest trauma of war: lost homes, lost security, lost communities, lost educations. These factors threaten to culminate in lost futures of an entire generation.


ZEITOUNA, AN ARTS & SPORTS PROGRAM for displaced Syrian children, counters these traumatic factors by rebuilding bonds between mentor and child, rekindling inspiration and creativity, restoring confidence, and reclaiming the innocence of childhood. The program was born out of three simple concepts:

• EVERY child deserves to play.

• EVERY child deserves a mentor.

• EVERY child deserves to be inspired.

We believe that children with a thirst for learning hold untapped reserves of creativity that can be harnessed to build mutual understanding and communal and civic responsibility, while laying the groundwork for a peaceful and prosperous nation.


ZEITOUNA WORKSHOPS WINTER 2013 will be take place December 9 -13 and lead by 30 MENTORS/VOLUNTEERS traveling from around the world, including, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, Egypt and the United States.

  • ART MURAL PAINTING on the school walls led by a team of acclaimed artists
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY led by a team of international, award-winning photographers
  • CALLIGRAPHY ART, QUILT MAKING, CRAFTS by artists & architects
  • WRITING/JOURNALING by internationally renowned novelists and writers
  • GIRLS EMPOWERMENT workshop focusing on short stories/poetry discussion
  • SOCCER workshops lead by our Zeitouna Soccer coach for the boys and girls of all ages


ZEITOUNA DENTAL MISSION Our team of 6 US-based, top-rated dentists will be conducting check-ups, teeth cleanings, endodontics, extractions, fillings and caries control, emergency tooth care for the students. The Zeitouna Dental Treatment program is sponsored by SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society).

We will also run a dental hygiene and awareness program for all of the students: Training the kids how to brush; educating them on the importance of brushing; and providing each child with a goody bag filled with dental supplies, winter gloves, and fun souvenirs.


ZEITOUNA ADOPT A SCHOOL Zeitouna will support our host school, Al Salam, by providing:

  • 20 LAPTOPS

This technology package will last in the school long after our program ends.


ZEITOUNA WINTER PACKAGE INSIDE SYRIA This is part of Zeitouna’s humanitarian arm through Karam Foundation. This winter, we will be sending 2500 blankets, 1500 children’s gloves/hat/socks sets to displaced families in Rif Idlib and Rif Halab.


ZEITOUNA WINTER 2013 OFFICIAL SPONSORS We are proud to announce Syrian American Medical Society, Syrian American Women's Association, Watan, Syrian Orphans, The Sager Foundation, The Creativity Hub, Syria Relief & Development, and Every Syrian. And a honorary thank you to SAC, NAAMA and Mercy Without Borders for their support and kind donations. Zeitouna is made possible by these organizations' generous support.


#GivingTuesday December 3rd 2013 is Giving Tuesday — a nationwide campaign to promote charitable giving and support. Zeitouna-#Play4Syria is proud to be part of #GivingTuesday 2013.

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