About

OUR MISSION

Education. Empowerment. Equality.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Salwa Dakheel
Co-Founder and Vice President

“I believe that charity and volunteerism have no borders. Building bridges with legitimate local, national and international charitable organizations is beneficial to all.”

Salwa Dakheel is the co-founder of FREE-Syria. A medical business administrator, Salwa has a deep conviction regarding the importance of charity, volunteerism, and advocating for people in need. She has a long history of supporting humanitarian efforts, including helping Kosovar refugees and Haitian victims of the earthquake. Salwa has now turned her attention towards her own beloved country, Syria. “The love of my family, country, and charity bring beauty and meaning to my life. I will continue to do what I do for as long as I can,” says Salwa.

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Rafif Jouejati
Co-Founder and Director

“Is there a people more resilient than Syrians? They have faced chemical weapons attacks, barrel bombs, massacres, unspeakable torture, starvation sieges, and more…yet at every opportunity, they declare their loyalty to the revolution for freedom, dignity, and equality.“

Rafif Jouejati is the co-founder and Director of FREE-Syria. A management consultant by profession, she joined the Syrian revolution in 2011. She is involved with several organizations, such as the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), The Day After Project, and Baytna-Syria . Rafif is also active in the Syrian women’s movement and advanced a charter demanding 50% representation of women in every aspect of Syria’s governance. She upholds a commitment to women’s equality as an integral part of human rights.

OUR TEAM

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Meklit (Maki) Haile
Program Coordinator

Her talent and experience keep us organized and on track.

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Razan Ghazzawi
Communication Strategist

A leading activist and iconic blogger has been instrumental in raising our social media presence.

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Lubana Alquntar
Program Assistant

World-renowned Syrian opera star and vital asset to event planning and daily operations.

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Marese Hegarty
Irish Liaison

Our Irish Liaison has been instrumental in promoting and advising on the Freedom Charter and other projects.

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Marie-Christine Anastasi
Volunteer

Our committed volunteer has made a difference in the lives of many Syrian refugees.

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Wayne Wallace
Volunteer

Our most reliable benefactor is also an administrative and technical genius!