About Us & Our Mission
Based on the lasting impact the hikes with Father Frans in Syria had on him, Rabee Khuzam founded Frans Hike in Germany in 2015 with the support of like-minded friends:
“Through the hikes in Syria, we learned to interact with each other in an exceptional way. These experiences touched us deeply. Father Frans gave us his life – now we have to give something back.”
In the course of the following years, Rimo Darwish, Issa Kardouh, George Alain and Hadi Alalwani joined Rabee as co-organisers of Frans Hike. Meanwhile, the team includes more than twenty volunteers from Syria and Germany, who are responsible for the following areas: finance and logistics, public relations, language mediation and translation, catering, transportation, entertainment and local coordination.
Since we acknowledge the importance of collaborative work and the spirit of the team, we are grateful to anyone who volunteered for the idea of Frans Hike Selflessly. The beginning was the hardest part due to many challenges such as the language. Rasha Youssef, and Issa Kardouh joined Rabee in a team to organize hikes that accommodated more than 200 people.
Finding donors was not easy, nevertheless, Rasha was amazingly successful in finding donors who helped us financially and logistically. That was in addition to her efforts managing the hike with Rabee and Issa. Rasha played an essential role in our public relations due to her experience in marketing and journalism and because she is fluent in English that helped her preparing reports and managing the communications for the hike.
Many people think that the hike is basically walking, and they forget about the personal and collective experiences that the members live and exchange during the 5 days. Some of these moments are when preparing the food or servicing others. That’s where Issa managed to organize all the kitchen related matters. The Frans Hike team are grateful to Issa’s effort.
All of these stories needed people who are believers in team work and collaboration. It wouldn’t have been possible for 200 people to reenjoy the experience of Frans Hike without the efforts and support of such lovely people. And since the success of the hike essentially depends on being organized and on task management, we are grateful to many other friends such as Rita Butma and Agop Farho and many many more that are hard to mention due to their count, who gave the selfless critical support to the hike. It is important to remember that these people had an essential role in the successfulness of the hike.
We at Frans Hike thank everyone who has ever helped us at any time reach where we are now. We will not forget the altruistic love and support that we have exchanged believing in Frans Hike and its great message of love.