Chairman's Letter By Moutaz Alkhayyat
My home country, Syria, has suffered greatly over the past five years from a conflict that shows no sign of an end. Over two hundred thousand deaths, the displacement of nearly half of the population, and the complete devastation of major cities are just few aspects of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Children were especially affected as millions of school-aged Syrian children lost access to their most basic needs, including education.
While the continuously increasing assistance needs are too large for any individual or nation to handle unilaterally, I truly believe that the collective action of those yearning to help the victims of conflict can make a tangible and significant difference. With that spirit, I established Alkhayyat Foundation Canada, a Canadian-based non-for-profit organization that aims to secure a better future for vulnerable and underserved communities in the Middle East region.
At the Alkhayyat Foundation, we believe that education is a cornerstone of a stable society. The Foundation is currently focused on providing educational support and english language training as well as creating the necessary environment for refugees and internally displaced persons to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to take part in building a brighter future for their communities. This is achieved through support to Canadian organizations and educational partners.
I am encouraged by Canada's leading role in accepting over 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. This remarkable effort requires increased support and participation from the private sector and individuals. I am honoured to play a part in this effort.
I sincerely hope that this effort can play a part and building a more prosperous and peaceful future in the Middle East and Canada.
Chairman, Alkhayyat Foundation Canada