10 years of

devastation

13.4 million Syrians are in need of

humanitarian aid

Only with hope,

we can rebuild

Only with help,

we can promise a
better future

Big Heart was established in response to the worsening Syrian conflict, to provide impartial humanitarian assistance, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering. We are a U.S.-registered 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political, non-religious, humanitarian and development organisation.

We are Big Heart

Big Heart was established in response to the worsening Syrian conflict, to provide impartial humanitarian assistance, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering. We are a U.S.-registered 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political, non-religious, humanitarian and development organisation.

Since our inception, we have worked with USAID, DFID, ECHO, UN WFP, UN OCHA, UNHCR, UN FAO, UNICEF, GOAL, IRC, Mercy Corps, GIZ, SDC, and others to deliver much-needed aid to communities across the pillars of:

EMERGENCY
ASSISTANCE

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More than 970,000 people reached with unique rapid response system – Big Heart developed a rapid response emergency mechanism designed for sudden catastrophes

Big Heart’s rapid response system used in more than 30 emergency projects, with aid deployed within hours of a sudden crisis

FOOD, WATER &
LIVELIHOOD

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  • 2.2 million food kits ensure families and children stay nourished through Big Heart’s reliable repeat monthly food assistance
  • 67,268 food and livelihood vouchers allow households freedom to choose food at local shops, benefit local shopkeepers in communities served
  • 15,782 MT flour and 77,569 kg yeast supplied to 9 bakeries maintains availability of bread at affordable prices; catchment population: 1.4 million people

WATER, SANITATION
& HYGIENE

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  • 30 villages reached with clean, potable water within supported water station catchment areas
  • 1.38 million WASH beneficiaries receive 40 liters of clean, potable water per day

SHELTER &
NON-FOOD ITEMS

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  • 224,217 essential Non-Food Items delivered
  • 224,907 households reached
  • $1.45 million in winter voucher assistance
  • 48,000 liters of heating fuel delivered

EDUCATION

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  • Support for 14 schools across Northwest Syria, education programming in hard-hit communities
  • Reached over 14,000 children, employed 310 school personnel with educational programming and much-needed student & teacher supplies
  • 45% of students in Idleb schools showed significant academic growth after a single term, improving basic literacy and numeracy skills by a half-grade level or more in three months

EARLY
RECOVERY

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  • Big Heart’s deep commitment to long-term well-being in the communities we serve means our programs build resilience and create a foundation for early recovery
  • Food security and livelihoods are strengthened through rehabilitation of agricultural infrastructure and Cash-for-Work (CfW) opportunities
  • WASH programming, waste management and sanitation services establish successful and durable Cost-Recovery Mechanisms

Our Stories

Our impact goes beyond numbers: it lies in human stories of survival, dignity, humility, and hope

AMIRA’S STORY

Amira – a 48-year old widow and mother from Al Ghouta – was forced to go without food so her children would have enough to eat. She re-discovered hope with Big Heart’s food security project.

“I hope for such projects to continue, they are the bedrock for the vulnerable and those who have no one else to turn too in these unfortunate times.”

DALIA’S STORY

Young Dalia and her family rebuilt their lives in Turkey as refugees, but she could no longer read or write Arabic. When they returned to Syria, Big Heart’s education project allowed her to re-master her native language.

“In this school, I took my first steps … to carve out a path for the future.”

SAMIR’S STORY

Samir – a 55-year old father of four from Idleb, previously unable to feed his family – participated in Big Heart’s agricultural project, and received a small farmer’s kit, seeds, fertilizer, and farming tools. Now he grows ample food.

Samir plans to sell some of his surplus crops to generate income in the future.

KHALID’S STORY

Khalid – a 45-year old father of five from Aleppo – participated
in Big Heart’s micro-gardening pilot, and received a micro-garden kit, seeds, fertilizer, soil, peat, and gardening tools. Khalid feels relieved he can provide for his family.

Friends and neighbors who were skeptical about growing food in a city changed their minds after seeing his success.

On the World Stage

“Eight years of peace talks and negotiations have not brought peace to the people of Syria. If you are possessed by humanity and a moral compass so lacking in our world today, we ask the great powers – THE DEVELOPED NATIONS – to facilitate an INCLUSIVE PATH TO A POLITICAL TRANSITION which can be HONOURED BY ALL. I believe the best part of humanity will eventually
prevail – in Syria, the region, and the world; but unfortunately at a very high price, and too late for those whose lives have been lost or shattered. We salute the humanitarian heroes who have paid the ultimate price.

WE ASK SIMPLY FOR DIGNITY FOR THE SYRIAN PEOPLE.”

Address of Husni Al-Barazi, Big Heart Foundation
EU High Level Ministerial on Syria 74th United Nations General Assembly
September 24, 2019

Our Success in Statistics

A decade of positive impact

In excess of

in aid distributed
Via over

assistance projects
To more than

people in need

Big Heart has been funded by various donors & partners

 
 

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