emergency aid for the children of #easternghouta

Since October 2012, the Syrian regime has imposed a brutal siege in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus. Ghouta was once remembered as the breadbasket of Syria – most known for its fertile land. Today, more than 400,000 people are suffering with no access to food, water, or medical supplies. A siege means that nothing can get in and no one can get out – this is a common practice used by the regime to silence opposition – a kneel or starve tactic that has been declared a war crime. According to UNICEF, more than 1,100 children in Eastern Ghouta suffer from malnutrition.

how can we help the children of Eastern ghouta? 

How can a humanitarian organization like Karam break this siege when no supplies can pass the checkpoints? By listening to the locals and investing in their innovative initiative.



Karam Foundation is collaborating with the Directorate of Health in Rural Damascus and the Provincial Council on an amazing response to save the children. We are MAKING the children’s food locally — using milk formula, wheat, oil and sugar —  in a former pharmaceutical factory.

For the past 6 years, the ingenious Syrian people have displayed limitless resilience and creativity in the face of the most dire circumstances. This is one of these awe-inspiring projects.

Over a period of 3 months, we will provide and distribute 36,000 life-saving meal packages to over 6,000 of the most vulnerable children per month in Eastern Ghouta. Our on-the-ground partner team of humanitarians, nurses, and doctors will identify the most at-risk children, and prepare and distribute the meal packages.

Together, we will refuse to watch innocent children starve to death. Together, we will declare to the world that we refuse to be bystanders to genocide


Will you join us and fight one of the most shameful and inhumane crimes in our collective history?

Donate today for the children of Eastern Ghouta.  

eastern ghouta today



According to the Rural Damascus Health Directorate, during the month of October alone, between the ages of 6 months and five years old there are:

  • 329 children with high levels of malnutrition

  • 1,386 children with medium levels of malnutrition
  • 4,219 children at risk of malnutrition

As humanitarians we are outraged that the world has stood by and watched as thousands of children suffer from starvation – not due to famine, but from war.

“It is beyond outrageous that for almost 7 years now, Syrians have shared thousands of these of horrific images of their children — shellshocked, drowned, starved, tortured, displaced — and the world continues to watch in silence. War crimes are being committed in Syria in front of our eyes. History will prove, as it has in genocides before, that the silent witnesses are as complicit in the crimes as the perpetrators,” Lina Sergie Attar, CEO of Karam Foundation.

karam foundation speaks with project officer in eastern ghouta


On Friday, December 1, 2017 Karam Foundation CEO Lina Sergie Attar and Director of Development, Yisser Bittar were live with our Project Officer in Eastern Ghouta to discuss the situation on the ground and Karam's response.

The children of Eastern Ghouta have a right, not just to food, but the right to education, safety, and the right to live. And to live freely – not in fear.

karam foundation speaks with MOHAMAD, A FATHER STRUGGLING TO FEED HIS CHILDREN IN eastern ghouta


"My name is Mohamad. I'm from Al Qusayr, Homs. I had to flee Al Qusayr due to the bombardments and airstrikes. My family and I moved to Eastern Ghouta.

We moved around in Eastern Ghouta many times. The security situation on the ground was difficult. When we finally settled down, I got married. After my wife and I were married, I was struck by a mortar and lost my leg. My wife and I were blessed to have 3 children. God gave us a daughter, and then twins.

We lost one of our twin daughters due to malnutrition. She died because there was no milk formula – under the siege we could not get milk formula to feed our children. She died, and now I have two other girls that I struggle to feed.

Here is a picture of the daughter that I lost. My other daughter, she is just like her twin sister. She is malnourished."

  Karam Foundation: Mohamad shares a photo of one of his daughters that died due to malnutrition. 

Karam Foundation: Mohamad shares a photo of one of his daughters that died due to malnutrition. 

KARAM FOUNDATION SPEAKS WITH um yaseen, a mother in eastern ghouta

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"My name is Um Yasseen, I am from al Bala but was displaced to Saqba in Eastern Ghouta 2.5 years ago.  I have three kids. My daughter is 14 months old and she is suffering from malnutrition.  She has been malnourished since she was born. I have taken her to the doctor and they have told me repeatedly that she is fine. They know she is malnourished due to the siege and tell me she just needs food and medication. But as you know, because of the siege, we do not have access to food or medication. My daughter is one of many children who are in need only of food and medication in order to survive."

KARAM FOUNDATION SPEAKS WITH directorate of health in eastern ghouta


On Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Karam Foundation CEO/Co-Founder, Lina Sergie Attar and Director of Development, Yisser Bittar met with Dr. Yahya from the Directorate of Health in Rural Damascus to discuss the dire situation in Eastern Ghouta and the effects of the ongoing siege on children's health. 

For the past 5 years we have been facing the destruction of infrastructure, including hospitals, health clinics – people are in need of humanitarian assistance and medical supplies.”
— Dr. Yahya, Directorate of Health in Rural Damascus


Today eastern Ghouta is suffering from the worst kind of criminality. Thousands of children are in danger, and if there is no international movement, Ghouta will become a humanitarian catastrophe.

I could try to describe to you how terrible the conditions are in which we are living, but the reality would still be worse


break the silence. break the sieges.

At least one million people in Syria are systemically starved as a weapon of war. Join The Syria Campaign and millions of others and demand an end to the sieges.

for more information on the siege

Follow Siege Watch, a joint initiative of PAX and The Syria Institute that provides  up-to-date information on Syria’s besieged communities