Charitable Arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce

Chaldean Community Foundation Staff

Martin Manna, President

Lisa Kalou, Director of Operations & Human Resources

Eric Younan, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Sharon Hannawa, RAST Program Manager

Ban Abbo, RMHS Program Manager

Alfred Allos, Career Services Manager

Awan Kuza, Attorney

Balsam Sadik, Data Entry Clerk

Bushra Karana, Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant (Sterling Heights office)

Candace Khamarko, Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant (Southfield office)

Clifford Nafsu, Finance

Galia Thomas, RMHS Tri-Lingual Translator/Case Manager

Jumhoria Kaskorkis, RAST Case Manager

Karla Atchoo, Karla Atchoo & Associates, Finance

Kristin Jirjis Bajoka, RAST Case Manager

Nasim Nafso, RMHS Case Manager

Nidhal Hadid, RAST Case Manager

Omar Binno, Case Manager

Raad Yousif, RAST Case Manager

Randy Samona, Immigration Attorney

Susan Kattula, RAST Case Manager

Walid Abro, RAST Case Manager

Yusra Shamoun, Event Coordinator
Project Bismutha

Ban Hannosh, Program Manager

Jennifer Shamoun, Program Manager

Facts about the Chaldean Community:

Launched in 2006 as the charitable arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, the CCF was established to address the rising Iraqi refugee crisis.

The Chaldean Community Foundation provides a multitude of services including housing assistance, English as a second language training, immigration consulting, and employment assistance and training.

The Chaldean Community Foundation services more than 6,000 people each fiscal year.

The Chaldean Community Foundation funds a variety of charitable programs. Because of the support of our members, the foundation has donated more than $300,000 to good works.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Chaldean Community Foundation has established a Refugee Emergency Fund.

The Foundation hosts two major events throughout the year: the annual community Golf Outing and the Chaldean Festival, held in conjunction with the City of Southfield.

The Chaldean Community Foundation has provided more than $300,000 in charitable contributions to various organizations where Chaldeans live, work and worship.

The Foundation has supported and been a part of several initiatives, including workplace development, economic development, refugee assistance, cultural competency training and charitable giving.

The Chaldean Community Foundation provides cultural competency training to corporations and municipalities providing a brief history, an overview of Chaldean culture, faith and language, and the contributions of the community in the United States.

The recent Iraq war has threatened the permanent removal of Chaldeans from their ancestral homeland.

Refugee Mental
Health Services

Supplies much-needed mental health services to Iraqi refugees and others in Southeast Michigan

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Refugee Acculturation & Sustainability Training

Helps refugees of the Iraq War and subsequent religious persecution to acculturate and become less dependent on federal and state subsidies and services

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Breaking Barriers

Provides assistance and advocacy to the disabled.

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Chaldean Loan Fund

ChaldeanLoanFund_LogoProvides low-interest loans to help refugees purchase a car.

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Provides free or reduced cost healthcare to Iraqi Christian and Chaldean refugees without medical insurance though the Chaldean American Association of Health Professionals (CAAHP)

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Waad Murad
Advocacy Fund

Offers a cash reward up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the assailant(s) of violent crimes perpetuated against businesspeople

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Karim Khamarko Memorial Scholarship Fund

baba3 (2)Established in 2012 in honor of Karim Khamarko, who was murdered in 2010 in his place of business, the fund gives scholarship assistance to Chaldean American high school students who have demonstrated academic success… Read more