The Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association (SLWA) donated over $600,000 to cases this past year to assist those most in need in our communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Even though the last two years had been difficult for all, these donations were only possible with the continued fundraising activities of the SLWA, donations and new partnerships for which they are grateful.
The local NGO was able to distribute over 2,800 food hampers to those most in need using both the association’s longest standing initiatives as well as new initiatives. These programs include their ‘Monthly Hamper Project’ and their ‘Christmas Hamper Project’. A need for diversify fundraising has led to the newest initiatives including a partnership with local food delivery app, foodDROP and the ‘Easter Hamper Project’ with Republic Bank – Power to Make a Difference Program. The integration of these new partnerships led to an increase in output of close to 20%. The SLWA also continued to aid those in need of medical, housing and education assistance.
“As an organisation, the people that we help are at the heart of the work that we do. We are always thinking of new ways to amplify our impact to assist as many people as possible across T&T. We are incredibly grateful with the growth over the last year and hope to continue on this path,” states Jo-Marie Zakour, President of the Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association.
The SLWA was also able to expand on their annual backpack project in 2022. This initiative started in 2016 with 50 backpacks distributed to students in need - everything from stationary and books to lunch kits and water coolers. It grew to 150 backpacks per year, and in 2022 due to an exciting partnership with the Rebecca Ann Foundation, they were able to expand to 300 backpacks. The distribution served the Rainbow Heart Foundation, Women’s Institute for Alternative Development – WINAD, St. Matin Welfare Association, Mt Dor Government Primary, Mayaro Past Pupils Association, Caribbean Women Support Group and St. David’s Roman Catholic School.
Additionally, the SLWA held their annual elections on the 1st February 2023, where Jo-Marie Zakour was chosen to serve a fourth term as president of the organization. A team of 14 women was elected to make up this year’s committee including some returning as well as some new members.
The President and committee look forward to continuing the work of the Association for 2023. They look forward to continuing working and serving this nation for the coming year.
Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association:
Founded in 1950, the Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association is an NGO whose main mission is to bring women together to help our fellow citizens in need. Our membership of 350 and counting, is committed to assisting the poor, sick, and needy through efforts that contribute more than half a million dollars annually.
The Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association has helped those in need in various ways over the last 72 years.