On behalf of the Syrian Community Network, we wish a Ramadan Mubarak to all those observing this month!

The Muslim month of Ramadan is observed by many of our Syrian refugee clients, and it includes daily fasting and increased religious practice. In Syrian culture, the month is usually spent surrounded by extended family and loved ones. The month culminates in a holiday, Eid al-Fitr, when families, friends, and neighbors visit each other and exchange gifts to celebrate.

Observing and celebrating this month in a new place can present a unique challenge for Syrian refugees. As fellow members of the community, we can help make that transition easier and support Syrian refugees as our neighbors and friends.

This year, we’d like to introduce Ramadan Weekly Challenges. We encourage everyone, regardless of whether you observe the month, to participate and help make your Syrian refugee neighbors feel at home!

Below is our first weekly challenge:

WEEK 1: This week, write a letter to a Syrian refugee family wishing them a happy Ramadan! Common Arabic Ramadan greetings and wishes include “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem.”

If you would like to give a letter to a refugee family but are unable to do so personally, feel free to mail or drop off your letter at our office address:

5439 N. Broadway Unit 1
Chicago, Illinois 60640

In addition to our weekly challenges, for the next month, we will be hosting our third annual #ChicagoDoesEid2018 campaign annd drive!

With your help, we hope to help Syrian refugee families provide gifts for their children for Eid al-Fitr.

We ask that you follow these guidelines when participating:

  • We are asking that you purchase and wrap the gifts rather than donate money or gifts cards
    There is no minimum that needs to be spent, but the maximum amount to be spent per child is $50 (to ensure gifts are equal by comparison from child to child, sibling to sibling)
  • In an effort to avoid confusion about sizes, please do not purchase clothing
  • If you are interested in participating, and making a child’s Eid that much better, please contact us with the number of families/children you would like to sponsor, or any other questions.

Once again, Ramadan Mubarak on behalf of all of us at SCN! And thank you to all of you for your continued support of our Syrian refugee community.

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