About

GISHRU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 2012, that organizes and conducts humanitarian and educational trips for Assyrians born in the Diaspora to the ancestral Assyrian homeland in Turkey and Iraq. The diverse and multifaceted itinerary includes guided day trips to archeological Assyrian ruins such as Nimrod and Khinnis as well as ancient monasteries dating to 300 BC, participation in relief efforts, activities in remote farms and villages, and interactive workshops with local Assyrian student and youth groups.

Our goal is to preserve the Assyrian identity via commitment to service, connections to the Homeland, and fostering leaders for tomorrow. This occurs at a perilous time for Assyrians who have and continue to experience genocide and mass exodus in their ancestral lands.

“GISHRU” means “bridge” in the Assyrian language. It is our duty to bridge the ideas, resources, and beliefs of Assyrians worldwide all in unity of one common goal of preserving the culture, tradition and history of one of the first civilizations of the world.

Our Mission

To strengthen the bond between Assyrians in the diaspora and in the homeland, gain awareness and deep understanding of the community and history of Assyria, renew the responsibility of the diaspora toward the homeland, and build the bridge between Assyrians globally to enrich and preserve the Assyrian identity for generations to come!​

 

Our Vision

For any Assyrian that is born in the Diaspora to be able to visit and experience their Homeland without financial or logistical hurdles.

Our hope is that one day, GISHRU will be able to provide fully subsidized trips to any Assyrian born in the Diaspora.

 

With your help, we can make this a reality. Let us start with our students.


 

Who We Are

RENYA BENJAMEN

A chemical engineer by trade, Renya, is one our special projects coordinator.

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OUR

Board

GISHRU would only be a figment of one's imagination without the volunteer time and efforts by the Board of Directors.

Through GISHRU, we envision the rising generation in the Diaspora to not only be tangibly connected with the Assyrian ancestral homeland and become effective advocates of the Assyrian cause, but also one day reside there.

JOSEPH V DANAVI

Joe is a cardiology fellow-in-training, who balances his doctor duties with his many Assyrian activist efforts. He is our internal affairs director.

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SUZAN YOUNAN

Suzan is one of the original co-founders of GISHRU. She has been an Assyrian activist all her life and has made the big move and is currently living in the Homeland!

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MARTIN YOUMARAN

Martin is our finance director. He is also the president of the Assyrian American National Federation and coordinates funding for full-time students on the GISHRU trip.

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OUR 

VOLUNTEERS

A big THANKS to our volunteers that make many of our programs possible! 

Interested in being part of the GISHRU team?

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SHAMIRAM ECHI

ELIZABETH PURTO-BAHNER

SABRINA ROSH

MEDIA &

MARKETING

STEPHNEY BAZI

SPECIAL PROJECTS

PETER ISAAC

FUNDRAISING

Thanks to Our Partners

 

OUR 

PARTNERS

Thanks to our coalition's support and belief on the ground in Assyria, the vision of being the bridge between the diaspora and the homeland is nearing reality.

 

Meet the organizations spearheading this revolution.

CHALDOASSYRIAN STUDENT & YOUTH UNION

Also known as "Khoyada", the ChaldoAssyrian Student & Youth Union is the largest organization of Assyrian youth and young professionals in Iraq.

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ASSYRIAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

Established in 1979, the Assyrian Democratic Movement, also known as Zowaa is one of the only independent Assyrian political parties in Iraq within the parliament.

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ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF IRAQ

Established in 1991, the Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq is one of the first humanitarian organizations working with the UN in the region.

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