Building relationships across borders; supporting education and the future for children in Syria.

Why syria? Why now? 

As the worst humanitarian crisis our planet has seen in over 60 years continues to unfurl in Syria, those most affected are the children. Thousands of orphaned children are internally displaced in an active, unmerciful war zone. Years have gone by without proper education and livelihoods for millions of innocent civilians in the country.

Our project is managed and supported by American communities and people like you who want do something to help those suffering in Syria and not be a bystander to atrocity.  The driver and non-profit behind our humanitarian initiative is The Syrian Emergency Task Force whose connections and presence in Syria enable us to stay close to those we are affecting; we receive constant updates and media from the ground which we share through our network and social media pages.

Click on the photos above to see scenes of destruction from a street near The Wisdom House in Northern Idlib Province, Syria. Half of the country's infrastructure has been destroyed since the beginning of the revolution in March 2011, including many historical sites.

Where is the Wisdom House?

We keep the location of The Wisdom House secret for security reasons, but we will say that it is a rural city near central Idlib that has a pre-war population of 8,000. Now, its population of 18,000 reflects the dramatic demographic changes caused by the war. 10,000 of the 18,000 residents are internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been forced to flee their homes. 

Because Idlib Province is under the control of the moderate opposition, it is vulnerable to air strikes. In November 2016, explosions could be heard by The Wisdom House as a school was being bombed in a nearby village. We moved the school into an entirely underground space in December 2016. The students love the new space which the teachers have worked very hard to make colorful and bright.

What it Takes.

Materials/ Equipment

  • a bus
  • generator, heaters, fuel storage tanks
  • stationary, printers, computers, projectors, white boards, school supplies, playground
  • other items as available

Operating Costs

  • water
  • fuel for bus, generators, and heaters

Human Resources

  • 5 teachers
  • 4 staff (bus driver, administration, logistics, janitorial)

125 Students ages 4-6, many of whom have lost one or both parents to the ongoing conflict.

THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR PLANET DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO OR DON’T DO NOW.  ANY MESSAGE OF COMPASSION FROM OUTSIDE SYRIA WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO A CHILD IN OUR ORPHANAGE. WE CAN BE A LIGHT IN THE MIDST OF DARKNESS. OUR MISSION TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO PEOPLE MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS WE CAN DISPLAY LOVE AND SHINE A LIGHT ON A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR SYRIA AND ALL OF HUMANITY.

"We will let you know this favor, we will not forget it, and for you God-Willing the war will end and the kids will be adults and leaders in the future, who would help all of humanity, not only you. Syrians are so grateful to you. Many thanks again."

-message from English teacher at The Wisdom House

The Syrian Emergency Task Force is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization created to support the Syrian people's demand for freedom and democracy, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or background. SETF seeks to convey the democratic aspirations of Syrians to the American public, and support humanitarian efforts to assist victims of the Syrian crisis. syriantaskforce.org

For more information, please contact SETF director of outreach, Natalie Larrison at natalielarrison@gmail.com

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PO Box 250972

Little Rock, AR 72205