The cause: Creating a Chaldean community that maintains its unique cultural identity while supporting and remaining involved in the surrounding metro Detroit community.
Background: The Chaldean Community Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to advancing the needs of the Chaldean American community and the communities in which they live and work through continuing education, charitable giving and advocacy. The foundation includes the Waad Murad Advocacy Fund, which supplies reward money for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the assailants of violent crime perpetuated against businesspeople.
Results: Since its inception in 2005, the Waad Murad Advocacy Fund, under the Chaldean Community Foundation, has committed $50,000 to CrimeStoppers for the arrest of those who have committed crimes against small-business owners.
Additional supported organizations and programs include the Chaldean Federation’s Adopt-A-Refugee program, Aramaic language classes, more than $10,000 for secondary education scholarships and $50,000 to help build the St. George Chaldean Catholic Church.
In total, the foundation has provided more than $300,000 to various organizations and projects where Chaldeans work, live and worship. Some of those programs include yearly refugee charitable programs providing essential life needs to those displaced from their homes, annual turkey drives for Detroit residents and more than $11,000 raised in the Making Strides Cancer Walk over the last two years.
On giving: “Our community is founded on giving, on helping others achieve their dreams through any means possible,” said Martin Manna, executive director of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.
Information: Contact Lisa Kalou at 248-996-8340 or by e-mail at lisa.kalou @chaldean foundation .org
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