Zack Bazzi

Reviving Dreams, One School at a Time

It was mid-July and summer was in full swing, but for many parents across the US, back to school season was on the horizon. Half a world away, American soldiers deployed in Syria shared the same anticipation, albeit for dramatically different reasons. For scores of families and their young ones in areas recently liberated from … Continued

Update: SoA and US troops help Syrian children

Dear supporters, Two weeks ago, we emailed you to tell you about an important project we’re supporting in Syria. This effort will help over 11,000 children in communities recently liberated from ISIS go back to school. It will significantly improve the students’ futures, make US troops safer, and help prevent further conflict in the fragile region. Our … Continued

In a tumultuous region, a firm commitment to progress

Dear Supporters, I hope this finds all of you well. Over the last few weeks, it’s been a full plate for SoA in the Middle East. We’ve launched multiple projects across the region. Because of our organizational agility and ability to work with deployed troops and their local partners, our initiatives are bolstering stability, countering … Continued

From Iraq to Syria Part II

The second part of my recent trip to Syria had a more southerly focus. The US Army civil affairs team and I toured Ayn Isaa, a ghost town roughly 40 miles north of Raqqah, the capital of the Islamic State. Given the prevailing atmosphere of religious discord and acrimony across the Middle East, the name, … Continued

My recent trip to Syria

Dear supporters, I recently traveled to Syria with a US Army team to explore ways SoA might be able to ease local suffering while furthering US objectives on the ground. I’ve been to Syria a number of times, but this trip in particular was different. I had the opportunity to tour Manbij Public Hospital, a … Continued