Film: Syrian Doctor Treats Refugee Children

By Andy Cline

44% of $6,000 goal
This campaign ended on March 21, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

Dr. Tarif Bakdash, a pediatric neurologist, once worked for the Bashar al-Assad regime. Today he lives and works in the United States but donates his time and talent to providing free medical care for his former countrymen in the refugee camps scattered from the Middle East to Europe. He volunteers with the Syrian American Medical Society. His book -- A Physician's Memoir: My Life as a Child, a Student & an MD in an Era of War – shows readers what it’s like to work for a troubled regime, to escape that regime, and to continue working in the service of refugees. 

We propose to tell his story, and the story of the largest humanitarian crisis of our age, in a documentary film. We need your help to fund our crew's trip to Jordan in April 2017 to film Dr. Bakdash as he provides medical care for refugee children. We will use half of the goal to fund our team expenses in Jordan. We will use the other half of the goal to offset the cost incurred by SAMS for us to join their April 2017 medical mission. SAMS is a certified 501C3, not-for-profit that spends 97 cents of every donated dollar directly on medical care for refugees. Every dollar they spend on our team is a dollar taken away from refugee care. Thank you for your support of our project.

*In addition,  MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card.   

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Last Day

Today is the final day of our campaign. Thank you for your support.

Our trip is not dependent upon this campaign. We will leave for Jordan on 5 April and return on 14 April.

Your donations have helped us offset the cost of SAMS hosting our team plus given the team members help in meeting day-to-day expenses while on the trip.

Please follow our progress on Facebook:

Thanks again!

2456 days ago by Andy Cline
Syrian Refugee Doctor Project in the News

Check out this coverage from the News-Leader in Springfield, Missouri.

2458 days ago by Andy Cline
Four Weeks Until We Go!

Hello to all you generous people who have contributed to our campaign!

We are four weeks away from our trip to Jordan. We are two weeks away from the end of our fundraising campaign. The money you have donated will go a long way toward paying the day-to-day expenses of the documentary team while in Jordan and the 50-percent share with the Syrian American Medical Society.

In the coming days, the team will accomplish these things:

1) final equipment check

2) final video shot list

3) secure written permissions from Jordanian government 

Number three has been particularly stressful. So far we have secured permission to shoot at 3 of 4 venues for the April medial mission. Luckily, we met a doctor at the recent SAMS conference in LA who is well-connected with the Jordanian government. He is helping us secure the fourth permission. I'm confident we'll be able to work at all four venues by travel time.

Please do two things for us:

1) Continue to spread the word about this fundraising campaign.

2) Follow our progress online!


2468 days ago by Andy Cline
New cut of our fundraising video!

Check out the new video. It includes some of the interview footage with Dr. Tarif Bakdash from our trip to Jackson, Mississippi last week. Please spread the word. Thank you!

2489 days ago by Andy Cline

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