On Sep 29, 2020, the Iskander family lost their two sons, Mark (11) and Jacob (8), due to a drunk driver. Mark and Jacob lit up every room they entered with their kindness, humor, and faith. Their vibrancy was recognized by everyone they met, their warmth felt in every place they entered, and their memory inspires all those who carry them in their heart.
To honor their memory, The Mark and Jacob Iskander Foundation has been established to make sure that the love and kindness that Mark and Jacob left us with, is not only remembered, but multiplied.
With your support, Mark and Jacob’s light will travel to the darkest places and illuminate countless young lives both at home and abroad, through three projects dedicated to supporting orphans in Egypt, impoverished youth, and foster children.
In Egypt, where the Iskander family is from, adoption is illegal. Children without family to take care of them are left with no choice but to live in orphanages. The Mark & Jacob Iskander Orphanage will be a place of refuge and hope for children who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves.
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Many families do not have the resources to provide their kids with basic necessities — such as a single pair of shoes. The Mark & Jacob Iskander Foundation helps fund a child development resource center in Egypt where these kids can take a break from the harsh reality of their lives. The child development resource center offers these children access to fresh clothes, nutritional meals, and fun activities. In addition to offering them respite, the program addresses their educational needs and teaches them new skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Mark and Jacob were excited about learning. This program will create scholarships for foster children interested in attending the same schools that the boys had the pleasure of attending. The foundation will work alongside the schools to ensure that local kids in foster care have a chance to receive an excellent education that will aid them throughout their lives. The foundation will also ensure that they’re equipped with everything they need to make the most out of their education.