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BENEFITING: The Amal Foundation Inc.

ORGANIZER: Julie

EVENT: Amal Scholarship Fund

Ken Sofer

THE STORY:

Julie Whittaker wrote -

Help Princeton students sponsor a Syrian refugee student!

As the Syrian conflict drags into its fifth year, Syrian refugee youth are calling for attention to their need for higher education. In pre-war Syria, nearly 30% of the youth were attending university. Now, only 5% of the over 400,000 Syrian refugees who fled their country are accessing higher education.

Without higher education, who will be the future doctors, teachers, engineers, and politicians rebuilding a safe and peaceful Syria?

A four-year university scholarship for a Syrian refugee to attend university in Jordan costs only $19,000. That’s less than $5,000 a year! 

 

The Problem: 

Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan is home to over 80,000 Syrian refugees – over 12% of whom are youth, ages 18-24. Before war forced them from their homes, many of these youth, like their peers internationally, were university students, ranging from aspiring high school graduates to first year Nursing majors learning critical skills to fourth year Education majors ready to chart their professional futures. 

Yet in Za’atari Camp, these youth are unable to continue their higher education, as formal education is offered only until 12th grade in the camp and local universities are prohibitively expensive. 

Youth feel their lives stunted and futures put on hold by war. Many have now been in the camp for four years – enough time to complete a full undergraduate degree – without any educational opportunities. This creates individual frustration with ripple social effects. The potential of youth is not utilized in the present and lost for the future. 

 

The Response:

The Amal Scholarship Fund will support Syrian youth leaders in Za’atari to attend a nearby Jordanian university while remaining camp residents and community leaders.

In addition to pursuing university studies, recipients will continue their participation in civic engagement through a program of cultural exchange with the Woodrow Wilson community, promoting mutual exchange between both communities.

The fund will target Syrian youth leaders with superior academic records and demonstrated commitment to making a difference in their Za’atari community and rebuilding Syria after returning home. 

 

The Need: 

Help us send a new fellow Princetonian — a Syrian refugee student — to continue their education in Jordan!

Princeton students plan to fundraise $10,000 through a Spring Series of events - enough to support 2 years of a university degree for a Syrian refugee student.

We also seek partners to provide matching funds of $10,000 to support the final 2 years of the scholarship. 

By sponsoring a Syrian student, we will help one of our fellow students in need to continue his/her education. In return, this Syrian student will join the larger "Princeton community," and participate in virtual cultural exchange activities to connect with Princeton students.

Will you join us investing in the next generation of leaders?

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To This Fundraiser

$1,475

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ken Sofer

    $100

  • Wayne Glass, Professor Emeritus, USC

    $50

  • Lana Sofer

    $100

  • Ben Birnbaum

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Daniel Sofer

    $100

  • Megan Adams

    $50

  • Annie

     

  • Lana Sofer

    $50

  • 501 Simulation Fundraiser!

    $450

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $11,850 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Chiara Ficarelli

Amount Raised

$5,853

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Julie Whittaker

Amount Raised

$2,280

 

27% Raised of $8,500 Goal

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Ken Sofer

Amount Raised

$1,475

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Benjamin Davidoff

Amount Raised

$1,159

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Do Something Class

Amount Raised

$70

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Iris Samuels

Amount Raised

$25

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Gabrielle Girard

Amount Raised

$25

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Dolce Vita

Amount Raised

$20

Donor Comments

501 Simulation Fundraiser!

501 Simulation Fundraiser!

DONATION: $450

10 months ago

Lana Sofer

Lana Sofer

DONATION: $50

In memory of Fumio Tani 1 year ago

Annie

Annie

1 year ago

Megan Adams

Megan Adams

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Daniel Sofer

Daniel Sofer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Ben Birnbaum

Ben Birnbaum

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Lana Sofer

Lana Sofer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Wayne Glass, Professor Emeritus, USC

Wayne Glass, Professor Emeritus, USC

DONATION: $50

In service to others....... 2 years ago

Ken Sofer

Ken Sofer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago