Who we are

Ihsan Relief and Development is a service-oriented organization with developmental goals. Ihsan seeks to support basic development and service projects that address the needs of daily life while looking to have long-lasting impacts. Ihsan looks to support Syrians inside Syria and outside of Syria and does so by coordinating with local councils. Ihsan is working to recruit necessary grants funding provided by the international community organizations for the development projects inside Syria.

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To provide Syrians with critical services to alleviate suffering, foster economic and social development, support a vibrant civil society, and build the capacity of local administrative councils


To become the most efficient, transparent, and responsive Syrian humanitarian organization, improving the lives of Syrians through relief, recovery, and development.


1- Transparency
2- Accountability
3- Integrity and Credibility
4- Leadership & Team Building
5- Equality
6- Dedication

Where we work

Mustafa Sabbagh

Chairman of the Board

At the Syrian Forum, our mission is to rebuild Syrian lives by cultivating active and capable communities from a cultural, political, economic, and social standpoint.
Driven by our devotion to Syria, we continue to expand our impact through six specialized institutions committed to restoring and developing infrastructure, training and employing future leaders, protecting and uplifting the most vulnerable, and so much more.
Our efforts have blossomed into strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government institutions, and private enterprises. Now, in 2018, we are utilizing our resources to prepare for an exciting new program, a grand cultural festival that showcases Syria’s rich history and artistic traditions.
Through our work, we put our faith in the creativity, ingenuity, and resilience of the Syrian people. Despite immeasurable challenges, we continue to empower Syrian civil society and thus rebuild Syrian communities upon a foundation of justice and dignity for all.

Ghassan Hitto

Chief Executive Officer

We, at the Syrian Forum, provide more than temporary relief. We strive to empower Syrian communities through capacity building and longterm development.
Our diverse and comprehensive programs address the problems of today, while identifying sustainable solutions for the future, thereby safeguarding and strengthening the trust between Syrians and their institutions.
Through our strategic partnerships, we have expanded our vision and increased our impact. We have continued to offer valuable services to Syrians in need and equip them with the skills and resources necessary to develop their own institutions.
We are driven by our unwavering hope that one day, through empowered individuals, institutions, and local councils, we will realize a Syria of justice, peace, and equality. With this hope, we will continue to grow and improve, as we plant the seeds of freedom in our homeland.

Board of Directors Members

Mustafa Sabbagh
Chairman of the Board

Co-founder and chair of Syrian Forum, is committed to empowering and uplifting Syrian lives, through both philanthropy and business. Mustafa has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business executive. He owns several international companies, specializing in diverse fields, from construction to agriculture. In the past two years alone, Mustafa has established three new companies, including Ekosmart, which produces environmentally friendly products for the agricultural industry. With a passion for helping others, Mustafa has applied his business acumen to various humanitarian initiatives. In particular, he is dedicated to supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey and around the world. Currently, Mustafa is the chair and founder of the Syrian Business Forum, a nonprofit with a mission to develop the Syrian economy and empower Syrian businesses. Mustafa attended university, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. .

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Ghassan Hitto
Board of Directors Member

CEO and board member of Syrian Forum, leads the organization in sustaining, supporting, and rebuilding Syrian lives. For more than 20 years, Ghassan worked as a business executive in the United States. Until 2011, he served as executive vice president at Inovar Technologies, a telecommunications solutions provider. In the wake of the Syrian conflict, however, Mr. Hitto decided to dedicate himself to supporting fellow Syrians through humanitarian aid and development. He co-founded and served as vice president of the Coalition for Free Syria and Shaam Relief Foundation. In 2013, Mr. Hitto joined Syrian Forum, where he continues to lead comprehensive initiatives focused on critical relief and long-term development in Syria. He also continues to serve as a member of the Syrian American Council’s national board. Ghassan earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Indiana Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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Mohammed Yaser Tabbara
Board of Directors Member

Co-founder and board member of Syrian Forum, serves as the organization’s legal and strategy advisor. An international human rights attorney, Yaser has worked with the International Bar Association to support judicial and legal reform in Syria, and he has taught courses related to public international law at the University of Kalamoon in Damascus. He is a frequent media contributor and commentator on issues related to the crisis in Syria. An advocate for Arab and Muslim American rights, Yaser served as executive director of the Syrian American Council and co-founded the Chicago chapter of the Council for American Islamic Relations. Yaser attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. In 2002, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law.

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Dr. Ammar Kahf
Board of Directors Member

Co-founder and board member of Syrian Forum, currently serves as executive director of Omran for Strategic Studies, a policy research center focused on Syrian affairs. He also supports the organization as a political analyst and strategic advisor. Prior to joining Syrian Forum, Ammar served as a research manager at Strategic Research and Communication Center in London, where he published several policy papers on Syrian affairs. Ammar also worked as an assistant instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and he served as executive director of an Arab and Muslim community center in California, where he managed programs for at-risk youth and teachers. Ammar earned a Ph.D. from UCLA, after attaining master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Jordan.

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A Message from Ihsan’s Team

At Ihsan, we are dedicated to sustaining and empowering the Syrian people through long-term, comprehensive projects in diverse fields, including child protection, women empowerment, and food and water security, among others.
Ihsan not only delivers temporary aid but also helps individuals realize self-sufficiency and secure a new livelihood. From community development to infrastructure repair, we support struggling families and help displaced persons return to their homes. Through our work, we have earned the trust of beneficiaries and partners around the world.
With the help of more than 800 dedicated team members, we strive to gain greater access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas, and we hope to expand the role of civil society in rebuilding Syrian lives.


Rewards and Rankings

The GBV Sub-Cluster Capacity Building Initiative for PSS Provider.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Ihsan?

A non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve the lives of Syrians through relief, recovery and development initiatives. We operate in various sectors and geographic areas throughout the country providing emergency and resilience-based services to Syrian men, women, and children.

When was Ihsan established?

We were established in July 2013, and we were officially registered in Turkey in April 2014.

What are the organization’s sources of funding?

In order to implement its wide variety of programs, we partner with a large spectrum of international non-governmental organizations, diaspora organizations and UN agencies.

Where does Ihsan have a presence?

Our organization is based in Southern Turkey, in Gaziantep, with 6 offices inside Syria. Our geographical presence is as follows:

  • In Idleb, we have 3 offices servicing the entire governorate.
  • In Aleppo, we have 2 offices that service areas in the governorate that are accessible to our field staff.
  • In Dar’a, we have 1 office servicing the governorate.

What kinds of programs does Ihsan implement?

Our approach to service provision is focused on two tracks: emergency response and early development activities include emergency response projects,  to deliver food baskets, summer and winter baskets, hygiene kits and many other urgent relief items.

  • Food Security and Livelihoods
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Protection: Woman and Child protection projects
  • Education
  • Non-Food Items/Shelter

How can I join the Ihsan team?

Opportunities to join our team are announced online on our website, as well as on various social media pages. Please make sure to keep checking our vacancies online, and make sure to follow the steps outlined via this link: https://www.ihsanrd.org/how_to_apply/

How can we contact Ihsan?

To contact Ihsan for general inquiries or to help us identify needs, you can e-mail our organization at [email protected]. If you are inside Syria or Turkey, you are welcome to visit our offices.

Where can I send my complaints and feedback on the work of Ihsan?

Getting your feedback is key to improving our programs and work therefore we have set up a Whatsapp number for you to directly send us your feedback. The number is 0090 544 544 15 05.
Or via sending an email to the following address: [email protected]