More about Nadia Alawa

Nadia Alawa is the founder and CEO of humanitarian relief organization, NuDay Syria, following her grassroots efforts to build bridges, save lives and inspire hope.

NuDay Syria is a non-profit organization focused on empowerment for mothers and children inside Syria, which it achieves through stability efforts, education and aid with dignity. The organization has piloted a number of life-saving projects, including deep well water access initiatives to change the lives of over 180,000 people daily, resettling families with no breadwinners into safe housing projects, and holistic sponsorships of Syrian orphans to provide them with safety, education, and nourishment.

As of the past five years, NuDay Syria has sent over 200 cargo containers – worth millions of dollars in humanitarian and medical supplies –to inside Northwestern Syria where they support tens of thousands of civilians every month including projects for schools and medical clinics.

The organization is consistently working on improving the conditions of Syrian mothers and children, not just in a one time event – but sustainably and practically including social business projects and training for mothers and teen girls. In addition to running several schools with psycho-social programs, NuDay is piloting a high school for girls in Idlib.

In 2015, Nadia gave a Ted Talk on her journey to beginning NuDay Syria. In 2016, Nadia received the inaugural Humanitarian Award at the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. Her work has been covered in media outlets like The Boston Globe, Salt Lake Tribune, Huffington Post, The Daily Free Press, FirstPost,, and iPolitics360. She’s also appeared on NECN The Morning Show, CBS, and other media outlets. In 2014, Nadia received the Calling All Crows Lauzie Award as Woman of the Year. Nadia Alawa is also the principal and home educator of Stellar Cluster Academy, and graduated from Copenhagen University. A strong humanitarian, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.