Zakat Foundation of America Provides Relief During Eid al-Adha

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Zakat Foundation of America

For more than six years, Suzanne Itani has served as CEO of International Exports, Inc., in Houston, Texas, where she oversees the budgeting, resource management, and performance accountability of her staff. Outside of her professional life, Suzanne Itani is an active philanthropist and supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Zakat Foundation of America.

Earlier this year, the Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) announced a program that would see to the needs of hungry people across 40 countries spanning five continents throughout Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday that takes place each September.

Through the program, ZF distributed large quantities of food to some of the poorest countries in the world, feeding more than 25,000 families in the process.

In his comments about the hunger initiatives, ZF executive director Halil Demir said that hunger and poverty are “a blight on the world” and though no one program can completely solve the problem, he hopes the organization’s efforts can make a difference in the lives of a large segment of this impoverished population.

UNICEF Applauds $15 Billion in Aid for Afghanistan



Suzanne Itani has served as the chief executive officer of International Exports, Inc., in Houston, Texas, since 2010.  Apart from her career, Suzanne Itani provides support to numerous charities and relief organizations, including UNICEF.

During a recent conference in Brussels, Belgium, concerning the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, several countries stepped up to offer more than $15 billion in relief aid to the country over the next four years. UNICEF has encouraged those disbursing the funds to dedicate part of them for use in the desperately needed area of education in Afghanistan.

Ten years of military action in the country have led to approximately 2.7 million people exiting the country, according to data collected through the end of last year. More than half of those refugees were children, with a reported 45,000 traveling without an adult in 2015 to seek asylum in the European Union.

In addition to spearheading education initiatives, UNICEF will partner with the government in Afghanistan to help promote programs aimed at providing the fundamental things children in the country need, such as healthcare, food, water, and other necessities. The organization hopes these education and relief efforts will provide a more stable environment for Afghan children, so that they won’t continue to leave the country in large numbers.

Unity Productions Creates Peace through Media


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Unity Productions Foundation

Suzanne Itani is the founder of the Itani Family Charitable Gift Fund, which supports a variety of 501 qualified charities. In her role as donor advisor, one of the organizations Suzanne Itani supports is the Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation registered in California.

UPF’s mission is to create peace and counter bigotry through media with films produced for television, theatrical release, and online viewing. As part of its long-term educational campaign, it uses these films to increase understanding between people of different cultures and faiths. Partnering with prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and interfaith groups, the group has screened films in thousands of community centers, government offices, and classrooms. Worldwide, approximately 150 million people have seen UPF films, which have received numerous national and international awards.

UPF also operates the MOST (Muslims on Screen and Television) Resource Center, in Hollywood, California. This facility provides research and information to producers and script writers regarding Muslims, Islam, and the Middle East.