happy international women's day!

join us in celebrating the millions of resilient syrian women and girls that are making an impact around the world.

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on March 8. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Kick off Women's Month with us in San Francisco!

join us on friday March 16 for an intimate chat with comedian, talk show host, and activist, chelsea handler!

It feels good to be part of something that affects the lives of others in positive ways. Even if you can make a difference in one person’s life, never mind, you know, hundreds or maybe thousands of lives; it’s incredibly rewarding.
— Chelsea Handler

Karam Foundation and WeWork San Francisco are inviting you to join us after work for drinks, small plates, and an intimate chat with Chelsea Handler on today's trending issues, what's important now, and her passion for helping Syrian refugees. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the trailblazing activist live! Get your tickets here!

celebrating our female staff at karam house

I admire my female colleagues for their strength and will to work, in spite of difficulties they are facing.
— Nour, Karam House Mentor

In 2017, we opened Karam House, Reyhanli for Syrian refugee youth in the community. We've hired a dynamic staff to oversee day-to-day operations as well as a team of skilled mentors to lead innovative workshops to work with students and provide guidance and support to ensure students reach their fullest potential. Meet a few of the women who, despite their circumstances, balancing school, work, and their personal lives, work hard to inspire and restore the confidence and hopes of the hundreds of kids we serve.

meet nomat, from eastern ghouta

meet karam's project coordinator in eastern ghouta and learn how you can support our emergency efforts to support the children in besieged eastern ghouta

Eastern Ghouta has been under a government-imposed siege since October 2012. At least 400,000 people remain trapped, with no access to food, water, or medical supplies. Karam announced an Emergency Aid Campaign to support the children of Eastern Ghouta by making and distributing life saving meal packages to malnourished children. At least 700 civilians have been killed since Syrian and Russian forces launched a brutal assault on Eastern Ghouta on February 19. On February 24, the UN Security Council voted on a 30-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid agencies to deliver life saving aid. World leaders have failed to enforce the ceasefire as airstrikes continue and the death toll rises. Recent reports indicate that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people in Eastern Ghouta.


I want the world to know that we are human beings beings. That when we hear the sound of warplanes and missiles, we die a thousand deaths before actually dying.
— Nomat, 25 Eastern Ghouta

shop scents of syria

use promo code "women2018" at checkout for 20% off of your entire order for the entire month of march!

International Women's Day March 8, 2016.png

Karam Foundation's Scents of Syria initiative empowers Ghar, a women's collective founded in Damascus that employs 50 internally displaced women in Damascus and 12 refugee women in Istanbul. Shop the product line below!

Doing this work has also helped me support myself and my family, thank God. I hope that Syrian women continue to work, and to work well
— Jehan, Founder of Ghar

A message from bana alabed


Meet Bana Alabed, the 8-year-old girl best known for her Tweets during the siege of Aleppo in 2016. After their home was struck, Bana and her family fled to Turkey where they now live. Dear World is Bana's first published book that provides readers with a firsthand look at the daily horrors Syrians face from the perspective of a child. 

On March 4, 2018, Bana made an appearance at the Oscars alongside rapper Common and singer Andra Day as they performed the song Stand Up for Something. She was joined on stage by other activists, including Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors; #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke; 87-year-old Delores Huerta, who is co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America; and Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. You can watch the entire performance here!