Who We Are
We take seriously the responsibility to care for the needy with donations from individuals, government, and major multi-faith organizations (Christian, Jewish, and others) around the globe in support of distress individuals, education, humanitarian work and relief efforts locally in the USA, and throughout the world.
Letter from the CEO
Dear Generous Donors,
Thank you for visiting Rahma Worldwide’s official website!
Rahma Worldwide (RW), formerly known as Rahma Relief Foundation (RRF) has been formed solely for chaaritable, human services, humanitarian aid, educational, scientific purposes, and individual development under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or comparable segment of any future federal tax code.
Founded in Michigan by Dr. Shadi Zaza and a group of concerned citizens who shared the same passion to help vulnerable people in crisis-afflicted countries around the world. With just a $200 deposit, Dr. Shadi Zaza opened a bank account and turned that $200 into this amazing charity that assists individuals and families around the world and at home in the USA. With faith, good intention, and transparency to aid vulnerable people, the organization’s core values, and mission have grown stronger.
Rahma Worldwide started to expand to cover more geographical areas and serve more people in Syria and Lebanon. Rahma Worldwide relies on a network of leaders and local communities that aid us in covering wide areas of the Syrian Lands, which has formed our strong relief leadership to assist and provide support in all global regions.
RW opened its Turkey office to better oversee the logistical and functional aspects of the relief delivered in the area and be closer to our relief efforts in Northern Syria. With the increased number of refugees who fled to Lebanon, Rahma Worldwide expanded work in Lebanon with an operational office in Northern Lebanon, all while headquartered in the United States. Our expansion did not stop there, but more operations took place in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Greece to help the needy and the displaced.
The United Nations sounded the alarms for the Yemen crisis. This alarm, being in line with our mission, Rahma Worldwide answered the call and opened an operational office in Yemen.
Rahma opened a Jordan with an objective to implement large development projects that will have a lasting sustainable impact on local communities and refugees from crisis-afflicted areas and achieve maximum social and economic integration between the refugees and the host country regardless of an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or gender.
RW successfully opened its operational office in the Gaza Strip and immediately started providing services and basic necessities to needy families such as Pediatric and ICU Care Units, Medical Supplies, Food & Vegetable Baskets, Bread Bakeries and many more.
So, within 6 years of launching, Rahma Worldwide was able to expand its humanitarian aid to many different countries such as Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, and Bangladesh, which was made possible through diverse teams and local partners.
Worldwide contribution of humanitarian aid expanded our horizons, knowledge, and understanding of the refugee’s challenges have led us to build an experienced team of volunteers and employees who are committed to serving and helping the less fortunate, especially Internally Displaced People’s (IDPs) and refugees, while following the United Nation’s humanitarian principals during the implementation of any aid programs. We have had success and will continue to expand our efforts aboard and in the US.
RW is specifically concerned, but not exclusively, with the following:
- Ensure all IDP’s and refugees have basic needs and the opportunity to improve their lives
- Act as a community resource to move individuals from distress to self-sustainable neighbors in their communities, especially in the US
- Provide individual and community development to uplift all individuals that may seek help
- Coordinate and collaborate with other organizations having similar objectives
One major goal is to implement sustainable specific programs and partnership with local organizations to support our global and USA efforts to better the living conditions of individuals, refugees, and our neighbors.
Dr. Yahya Basha
Chairman of the Board
Area Manager, Turkey
Area Manager, Lebanon
Executive Director, US Headquarters
Senior Advisor, US Headquarters