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INTENSE BOMBARDMENT AND SHELLING ON OUR AMERICAN-SUPPORTED SCHOOL FOR ORPHANS AND WOMEN’S CENTER; CHILDREN KILLED, THOUSANDS DISPLACED IN IDLIB, SYRIA.
Conway, Arkansas- The Wisdom House Group based in Conway, Arkansas has been working through the Syrian Emergency Task Force, for over a year supporting the Wisdom House school for orphans and Tomorrow’s Dawn women’s center, providing education, jobs, and hope for men, women, and children in our American- adopted village in Idlib, Syria. Concerned community groups, churches, schools, and individuals in Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, and D.C. have been supporting this humanitarian initiative since September of 2016. These American communities have established close relationships with the Syrian civil society leaders, teachers, and students.
Since Christmas Day 2017, Assad and his allies Russia and Iran have maintained consistent and intense bombardment and shelling of Idlib Province, killing tens of civilians including many children. Many in our village have been displaced and are sending us horrific images and videos showing the destruction, bombardment, and even the use of white phosphorus against civilians. We are giving $100.00 of aid to families of any student, parent, or staff member who have been displaced. Some of our team members have fled the village to the North; however, they have no safe place to go. The homes of our field director and women’s center manager have been completely destroyed in the past two days.
The Wisdom House Working Group discussed the next steps for our humanitarian work in Syria. We will focus on extending support and hope to the leaders we’ve grown to love and trust. While the Wisdom House school and Tomorrow’s Dawn women’s center remain closed until further notice, we are committed for the long term to those we’ve connected to in Syria and will continue to encourage them during this period of uncertainty and turmoil. Donations are more needed now than ever as we utilize the Wisdom House budget to provide emergency supplies to these defenseless civilians until the situation stabilizes.
Besan, one of our Wisdom House Kindergarten graduates, has been one of the many children injured after her home was bombarded yesterday. Her 3 year old younger brother and her uncle lost their lives and her family is now displaced without any shelter.
We ask that you continue to follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter, call your elected officials asking for the protection of the Syrian people we know and love, and spread awareness in your own communities. Please continue to donate because these people need humanitarian support now more than ever.
Our incredible people to people initiative through the Wisdom House Project has brought hope and education to many in Syria. Thank you for your continued support and prayers through this Never Again moment in our world.
SETF Director of Outreach, Wisdom House Project Manager
The Wisdom House Group: Jerry Adams, Teri Daily, Brett Hardinson, Shelley Mehl, Marianne Black, Keith Jones, Nancy Allen, Marti and Steve Evans, Amy Walker; Conway, AR
The Valley Syria Relief Committee: Sara Weinberger, Deborah Shriver, Michael Kane; Northampton, MA
The Syrian Emergency Task Force Team; Washington, D.C.
This is Besan. She graduated from the Wisdom House Kindergarten this year. Yesterday her house was hit by an airstrike. Besan is injured but alive; however, her 3 year old little brother and her uncle were killed. She is now without a home or safe place to go.
The English teacher at the Wisdom House sent us this video of Besan and her best friend, Rama, reciting "We are Human" during the past school year.
Building relationships across borders; supporting public education and the future for children in Syria.
135 Students ages 3-6, many of whom have lost one or both parents to the ongoing conflict.
What we provide the wisdom house:
- a bus
- rent for underground space
- generator, heaters, fuel storage tanks
- stationary, printers, computers, projectors, white boards, school supplies, playground equipment
- other items as available
- fuel for bus, generators, and heaters
- 5 teachers
- 4 staff (bus driver, administration, logistics, janitorial)
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For the first time, we are excited to announce our first ever holiday blitz, offering the gift of supporting a woman or child in Syria through our community initiative, The Wisdom House Project. You can get to know the Syrians who benefit from the school and women's center by following us and learning how to be more involved to help the humanitarian crisis.
Holiday send-out for Syria and Giftcard. The gift that gives.
"Tomorrow's Dawn" women's center now open and offering a variety of classes to the Wisdom House school community in Idlib, Syria
In September of 2017, the second year for our SETF/ community initiative, we decided to expand our outreach to more people in Syria in the same community as the Wisdom House school in Idlib Province. With the support of SETF and the Wisdom House working group, a woman on the local council named Rasha opened "Tomorrow's Dawn" women's center. The community center has over 100 attendees and offers vocational courses to women, English math and Arabic courses for high school students, human rights workshops, and even a Theatre Troupe! Learn more here.
The same local council in Syria and our team on the ground oversee these projects. Our budget covering costs to run the "Wisdom House" school for orphans and "Tomorrow's Dawn" Women's Center is $40,000. The best way to support this people-to-people mission is to become a recurring donor.
Tomorrow's Dawn Theatre Troupe wants to connect with your team or school
graph updated December 2017
$20 / month will care for one student's education at the "Wisdom House" school or "Tomorrow's Dawn" Women's Center in Idlib, Syria.
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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
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.