The Sadalsuud Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities for Lebanese and Syrian children in Lebanon. Sadalsuud accomplishes this mission by addressing gaps in international aid and education infrastructure, and by conducting thoughtful community outreach activities aimed at increasing parent involvement in education.
The Sadalsuud Foundation borrows its name from the brightest star in the Aquarius constellation, whose name originates from the Arabic words سعد السعود. Rising with the sun in springtime, this star is seen as a sign of good luck and new life. The Sadalsuud Foundation’s mission is to provide this same good fortune to Syrian and Lebanese individuals across Lebanon through life-changing access to education and livelihood support.
The Sadalsuud Foundation was founded by entrepreneur and photographer, Brant Stewart. In 2012 Brant began traveling to Lebanon, and shortly thereafter started filming a documentary following several Syrian children throughout Lebanon. The Sadalsuud Foundation was born from Brant’s desire to make an impact in the field of refugee education, and the organization was officially organized and gained tax-exempt status in the U.S. in December 2014.
Arabic Literacy Course
In January 2017, the Sadalsuud Foundation launched an Arabic literacy course for girls in Tripoli, Lebanon. Though literacy is our primary focus of the course, we are strive to empower these women and girls by providing education and awareness in gender-based violence issues, social and emotional intelligence, as well as other core school subjects such as science and mathematics. Read more here.
January 2017 also marked the launch of the Sadalsuud Bakery, a new endeavor focused on providing economic opportunities and building community, all while crafting beautiful naturally-leavened bread. Read more here.
We are currently raising money for our 2016 Summer School Program. Although we have funds to cover the majority of our costs for this summer, we are now in need of an additional $4,300 USD to help make this summer program a success. Donation money will be used to help pay transportation costs and for teaching and classroom materials. This additional money will also allow us to take the children on one field trip this summer, and will enable us to buy materials for several special activities such as planting flowers at a playground near one of our schools. If you are able to make a donation, please click on the Paypal button below. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States, as we are a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
I decided this past year to move back to Lebanon, to establish more roots, and to spend my time growing and shaping Sadalsuud into an organization that will be sustainable and effective moving forward into the coming years. My initial passion here was focused on...read more
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