Our Mission

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.

Our Story

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 children across Lebanon through life-changing access to education.

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.
Our Programs

Summer School 2016

We are extremely excited to announce that we will be opening summer schools on 27 July 2016 at two locations in Tripoli, Lebanon!  We will be utilizing space at two community centers run by our friends at Basmeh & Zeitooneh, an amazing local nonprofit, located in areas with extreme historical sectarian tension and high numbers of refugees. Sadalsuud’s summer program will run for roughly two months, and will be aimed at providing a healthy and innovative environment for children to grow and learn.

In addition to integrating the children’s normal core school subjects into the course, we are creating a unique curriculum that particularly stresses peace building, critical thinking, problem solving, and emotional awareness and wellbeing. We believe that in dealing with children who have been exposed to extreme levels of violence, poverty and general uncertainty, these educational elements can and should play a pivotal role in these children’s lives.

We are currently looking for additional funds to help make this summer school a success. We are in need of roughly $4,300 in order to ensure we can provide transportation to school for our 150 students. We would also like to conduct one field trip during the course, and we are looking for funding to pay for everyday classroom materials, as well as money for special projects that will enhance the children’s summer school experience. One of these special projects will be to plant flowers at the playground located near one of our centers. This playground is literally on the front line dividing two warring religious factions, and it has been the stage for even recent fighting in Tripoli. We believe that beautifying this space will serve as a powerful symbol of peace, tolerance and love for all who live in the community, as well as serving as a way to unite our students while making their own surroundings a more uplifting space. If you would like to donate money to our summer school, please donate via Paypal below.

Support Our Work

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.

The Sadalsuud Foundation has also partnered with a Bahrain-based creative house, the Generous Light Company, in raising money for our ongoing educational programs in Lebanon. The Generous Light Company created Sadalsuud’s logo and produced a unique bracelet featuring the design. This one of a kind bracelet is now available for purchase on their website,www.thegenerouslightco.com. All profits from the bracelets go directly to the Sadalsuud Foundation, enabling us to continue bringing light and hope into the lives of Syrian refugee children.
From the Blog

Looking Back at 2016 (and ahead to 2017)

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...

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The [extremely] Generous Light Company

Sometimes when I look back at my path in Lebanon, all I can manage to see is a tightly knit series of random and fortuitous connections. In fact, one reason why I love Beirut is because of its dynamic nature, one where personal connections are very easily formed. I...

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The Land of Extreme Happiness

Last summer, I asked you all for donations in order to help get Syrian children back into school. Many of you responded, and your generosity and support was greater than I expected. Unfortunately, my plans to get these children enrolled in school were hindered by...

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Contact Us

contact@sadalsuudfoundation.org

Sadalsuud Foundation
50 S Stephanie St Ste 101
Henderson, NV 89012
USA