WE'RE BACK FOR ANOTHER CLIMB4KARAM!

Join the Karam team as they embark on the second annual Climb for Karam! This year, we are partnering with Climb for a Cause (CFAC) and we will be hiking the Panorama Ridge Trail in Mt. Garibaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. CFAC is a non-profit organization that combines the breathtaking beauty of the mountains with the desire to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. Born out of a shared love to leave strong impact on the lives of those we serve (in creative ways!), CFAC and Karam Foundation are excited to embark on this partnership for this first time and look forward to future climbs together.

 

About the TRAIL

The Panorama Ridge Trail is of the most scenic and breathtaking trails in the province! At a little over 18.5 miles long, the trail will take  approximately 11-14 hours to complete, making the hike a one-day expedition. Walking through the trail, hikers will see brightly colored alpine flowers, green meadows and snow-capped mountains in the background. The trail will make for a long and challenging, yet picturesque adventure for the Karam climbers!

 

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MEET THE CLIMBERS

Meet the climbers whose efforts will raise funds for Karam’s innovative education programs for displaced Syrian youth and children!

  Jude Wafai  is a Syrian-American Anthropologist from Chicago, Illinois. An avid Karam supporter and participant since Zeitouna programs, this will be Jude’s second Climb 4 Karam! Jude is passionate about providing relief to victims of the war in Syria and has participated in various Karam initiatives. Currently, Jude is assisting the development and communications teams at Karam in research and grant writing.

Jude Wafai is a Syrian-American Anthropologist from Chicago, Illinois. An avid Karam supporter and participant since Zeitouna programs, this will be Jude’s second Climb 4 Karam! Jude is passionate about providing relief to victims of the war in Syria and has participated in various Karam initiatives. Currently, Jude is assisting the development and communications teams at Karam in research and grant writing.

Jude Wafai

  Colleen Doherty  always supported vulnerable children as a social worker, special education rights advocate, and teacher, that accomplishment resonates with her. The Karam Foundation Climb assures children will continue participating in education programs, despite being subjected to the worst humanitarian crisis. Having had the privilege of hearing Karam’s founder and CEO, Lina Sergie Attar, speak in Chicago where Karam was started as a food drive,on the Southside of Chicago, she has supported the foundation’s work. Colleen’s participation in the Climb is activism, hopefully drawing family and friends toward more interest in learning about the Karam Foundation’s work.

Colleen Doherty always supported vulnerable children as a social worker, special education rights advocate, and teacher, that accomplishment resonates with her. The Karam Foundation Climb assures children will continue participating in education programs, despite being subjected to the worst humanitarian crisis. Having had the privilege of hearing Karam’s founder and CEO, Lina Sergie Attar, speak in Chicago where Karam was started as a food drive,on the Southside of Chicago, she has supported the foundation’s work. Colleen’s participation in the Climb is activism, hopefully drawing family and friends toward more interest in learning about the Karam Foundation’s work.

Colleen Doherty

  Aya Samman  is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Karam Foundation and Secretary of the Board. She received her MPA from the Evans School at the University of Washington, Seattle and her BA in Communications and Arabic Studies from DePaul University. Aya is excited to be joining Climb4Karam because she loves hiking and is a resident of the Pacific Northwest and is always excited about fundraisers for Karam's awesome initiatives. She finds humbling gratitude in being part of a powerful community of the Syrian-American youth who work tirelessly at giving a voice to the voiceless, and honor to the names of human beings who have been reduced to forgotten numbers.

Aya Samman is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Karam Foundation and Secretary of the Board. She received her MPA from the Evans School at the University of Washington, Seattle and her BA in Communications and Arabic Studies from DePaul University. Aya is excited to be joining Climb4Karam because she loves hiking and is a resident of the Pacific Northwest and is always excited about fundraisers for Karam's awesome initiatives. She finds humbling gratitude in being part of a powerful community of the Syrian-American youth who work tirelessly at giving a voice to the voiceless, and honor to the names of human beings who have been reduced to forgotten numbers.

Aya Samman

  Kevin Khater  was born in 1970, the third son of Syrian immigrants Amin and Hazami Khater. After mastering basic skills such as toilet training, hygiene, feeding oneself - he went to school where he excelled at using glue. Kevin also took a liking to sports that didn't require any other skill other than striking your opponent such as wrestling and football. He attended Grinnell College in the middle of Iowa (Kevin likes cornfields, believe it or not!). He then went on to medical school and he is currently a radiation oncologist practicing in Kenosha, WI. His greatest moment is when he married Maya Khater, who is active in Karam. They have 3 children, Adam, Jade and Sara. Their two boys also excel in sports that involves striking one's opponent, a fact that makes him proud in a primal way. His daughter is amazing at a broad range of activities from tennis to sailing, a fact that melts his heart. Hiking has supplanted science fiction (Star Trek is better than Star Wars) as Kevin’s passion. Give him a trail and a backpack and he is happy.

Kevin Khater was born in 1970, the third son of Syrian immigrants Amin and Hazami Khater. After mastering basic skills such as toilet training, hygiene, feeding oneself - he went to school where he excelled at using glue. Kevin also took a liking to sports that didn't require any other skill other than striking your opponent such as wrestling and football. He attended Grinnell College in the middle of Iowa (Kevin likes cornfields, believe it or not!). He then went on to medical school and he is currently a radiation oncologist practicing in Kenosha, WI. His greatest moment is when he married Maya Khater, who is active in Karam. They have 3 children, Adam, Jade and Sara. Their two boys also excel in sports that involves striking one's opponent, a fact that makes him proud in a primal way. His daughter is amazing at a broad range of activities from tennis to sailing, a fact that melts his heart. Hiking has supplanted science fiction (Star Trek is better than Star Wars) as Kevin’s passion. Give him a trail and a backpack and he is happy.

Kevin Khater

  Mohamad Ojjeh  serves on the board of Karam Foundation as the Executive Director of Documentation & Smart Aid Coordinator. A Syrian American from Damascus, he says that working with refugees changed his life: “I look at things differently, I appreciate what we have and think about the hundreds and thousands of people that we helped through Karam Foundation; we are changing lives every day and that's the least that I can do to make a difference in somebody's life.” He lives in Boston and volunteers with local youth soccer teams, coaching, filming, and photographing sport events for teams in his community.

Mohamad Ojjeh serves on the board of Karam Foundation as the Executive Director of Documentation & Smart Aid Coordinator. A Syrian American from Damascus, he says that working with refugees changed his life: “I look at things differently, I appreciate what we have and think about the hundreds and thousands of people that we helped through Karam Foundation; we are changing lives every day and that's the least that I can do to make a difference in somebody's life.” He lives in Boston and volunteers with local youth soccer teams, coaching, filming, and photographing sport events for teams in his community.

Mohamad Ojjeh

  Roman Kishi  was born in Prague, Czech republic, yet grew up in Homs, Syria and completed his medical school at Damascus University. Roman Moved to the United States soon afterward in 1989. He is now a Pediatrician in the Washington, DC area. The Syrian uprising was a game changer for Roman, so he joined Karam Foundation and SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society), traveled several times to Turkey to help Syrian refugees. In 2017 he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with Karam in order to raise money for its innovative programs, and it was during this adventure that he fell in love with mountains. As a result, he committed himself to trekking up to Mount Everest Base Camp in Spring of 2018 and recently returned from this trip. “Putting a smile on just one child refugee’s face is more than enough to keep doing what we are doing,” Roman says. He is joining the Climb4Karam team again in the Fall of 2018, hoping to raise more money to continue Karam’s noble mission.

Roman Kishi was born in Prague, Czech republic, yet grew up in Homs, Syria and completed his medical school at Damascus University. Roman Moved to the United States soon afterward in 1989. He is now a Pediatrician in the Washington, DC area. The Syrian uprising was a game changer for Roman, so he joined Karam Foundation and SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society), traveled several times to Turkey to help Syrian refugees. In 2017 he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with Karam in order to raise money for its innovative programs, and it was during this adventure that he fell in love with mountains. As a result, he committed himself to trekking up to Mount Everest Base Camp in Spring of 2018 and recently returned from this trip. “Putting a smile on just one child refugee’s face is more than enough to keep doing what we are doing,” Roman says. He is joining the Climb4Karam team again in the Fall of 2018, hoping to raise more money to continue Karam’s noble mission.

Roman Kishi

  Omar Salem , DMD, MS was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, and moved to the USA in 1996. Mr. Salem is an orthodontist and dentofacial orthopedist. In 2013, he joined Karam Foundation to run the Innovative Education Dental programs. He led Karam’s dental and hygiene teams during four missions providing dental treatment and preventative care to over 3000 Syrian refugee children. He served on the faculty body at the department of orthodontics at Buffalo University until 2002, and then moved to Tufts University School of Dental medicine where he served as director of the Pre-doctoral Orthodontic Program until 2005. He has been in full time private practice since 2005. Mr. Salem is serving a two-year term as the president of the Syrian American Dental Association. H is a founding partner and the vice chairman of the board of Great Hill Dental Partners in New England. This is his first time participating in Climb 4 Karam and is excited to be part of the team!

Omar Salem, DMD, MS was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, and moved to the USA in 1996. Mr. Salem is an orthodontist and dentofacial orthopedist. In 2013, he joined Karam Foundation to run the Innovative Education Dental programs. He led Karam’s dental and hygiene teams during four missions providing dental treatment and preventative care to over 3000 Syrian refugee children. He served on the faculty body at the department of orthodontics at Buffalo University until 2002, and then moved to Tufts University School of Dental medicine where he served as director of the Pre-doctoral Orthodontic Program until 2005. He has been in full time private practice since 2005. Mr. Salem is serving a two-year term as the president of the Syrian American Dental Association. H is a founding partner and the vice chairman of the board of Great Hill Dental Partners in New England. This is his first time participating in Climb 4 Karam and is excited to be part of the team!

Omar salem

  Razan Wafai  was born and raised in Homs, Syria. She studied medicine at the Medical School of Damascus until 1989 and eventually moved to the United States in 1990. Razan is currently an Associate Pathologist and lives with her husband and three kids in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Razan has been involved with Karam’s work for the past few years, joining the organization on several Zeitouna programs and the KLP mission in November 2014. She also serves on Karam’s board as the Director of Health and Wellness. After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Karam Foundation last year, Razan is excited to be on this climb with her daughter, Jude.

Razan Wafai was born and raised in Homs, Syria. She studied medicine at the Medical School of Damascus until 1989 and eventually moved to the United States in 1990. Razan is currently an Associate Pathologist and lives with her husband and three kids in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Razan has been involved with Karam’s work for the past few years, joining the organization on several Zeitouna programs and the KLP mission in November 2014. She also serves on Karam’s board as the Director of Health and Wellness. After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Karam Foundation last year, Razan is excited to be on this climb with her daughter, Jude.

Razan Wafai

  Rafel Atassi  was born in Homs, Syria, and is an Arab-American physician living in Cleveland, Ohio. Moved by the human catastrophe in Syria and the atrocities which have forced many children out of the classroom, Rafel has joined Karam’s initiative because every child deserves a chance to succeed. While this will be his first climb, his deep belief in the value of universal education and its role in future-building and peace making, keeps Rafel determined. Rafel has previously volunteered in medical missions in Ghana, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Syria.

Rafel Atassi was born in Homs, Syria, and is an Arab-American physician living in Cleveland, Ohio. Moved by the human catastrophe in Syria and the atrocities which have forced many children out of the classroom, Rafel has joined Karam’s initiative because every child deserves a chance to succeed. While this will be his first climb, his deep belief in the value of universal education and its role in future-building and peace making, keeps Rafel determined. Rafel has previously volunteered in medical missions in Ghana, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Syria.

Rafel Atassi

  Yasser Ousman  was born in Aleppo, Syria, and grew up in Damascus until the age of 17. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium, and received his medical training at the University of Belgium. After living for 10 years in Europe, he moved the United States and completed his residency and fellowship in Endocrinology. Since then, he has been a practicing physician in the DC Metropolitan area, and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two beautiful children. Yasser is passionate about humanitarian and meaningful causes, and strongly believes in a unified human race.

Yasser Ousman was born in Aleppo, Syria, and grew up in Damascus until the age of 17. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium, and received his medical training at the University of Belgium. After living for 10 years in Europe, he moved the United States and completed his residency and fellowship in Endocrinology. Since then, he has been a practicing physician in the DC Metropolitan area, and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two beautiful children. Yasser is passionate about humanitarian and meaningful causes, and strongly believes in a unified human race.

Yasser Ousman