how it began.


In the Spring of 2016, the Syrian Emergency Task Force executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, presented at a Tedx exhibition at his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas. Local Conway residents, Jerry Adams and Teri Daily, had a conversation over coffee with Moustafa. He let them know about an orphanage in Syria that his organization had recently sent humanitarian aid. Jerry and Teri decided they wanted to do more for this orphanage.

With their leadership, a working group was formed from members of the Conway community, and The Wisdom House Project was born, an initiative to sustain and connect to a Syrian orphanage for at least the next five years.

Church, hospital, business, education, and community leaders in Conway meet regularly to make decisions and plan events to advocate, educate, and fundraise for The Wisdom House.

SEPTEMBER 20 AND 21,2016
TWO DAYS OF EVENTS WERE HELD TO INTRODUCE THE ORPHANAGE AND "THE WISDOM HOUSE PROJECT" TO THE COMMUNITY OF CONWAY, ARKANSAS. MOUAZ MOUSTAFA, THE DIRECTOR OF SETF, SPOKE AT HENDRIX college ON THE 20TH TO A CROWD OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS, ENLIGHTENING EVERYONE ABOUT THE SITUATION IN SYRIA AND HOW OUR MISSION GIVES HOPE TO MORE THAN JUST THE PEOPLE IN OUR ORPHANAGE.  THE CONWAY AND SETF TEAM VISITED UCA AND HENDRIX THE NEXT DAY, AND RECEIVED A TON OF STUDENT INTEREST TO CONNECT AND BE INVOLVED WITH THE PROJECT. CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION WITH THE STUDENTS IN SYRIA ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY. PLEASE CONNECT WITH US IF YOU, TOO, WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED WITH OUR PROJECT.

the mission to provide a school for the children in the wisdom house is growing. we continue to spread the word about our project and the importance of connecting people to people, student to student, teacher to teacher.

community engagement

March 12 and 13, 2017: Valley Syria Relief Committee in Northampton, Massachusetts holds two days of events locally for "Letters of Hope" and The Wisdom House Project for community awareness for Syria.

Read an article to learn more about the VSRC's amazing initiatives.

SETF executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, SETF director of outreach, and Jerry Adams, founding member of The Wisdom House Project, spoke at the first VSRC event for Syria on March 12th.

Pictured on the right: The Valley Syria Relief committee and SETF partners hold letters of hope for Syria written on the second evening of events in Northampton, Massachusetts.

 

Lisa Academy in Little Rock, AR:The eighth grade gifted and talented program at Lisa Academy is sending messages of love and hope by connecting with the English teacher at The Wisdom House. They recently sent a video of an English song for the Syrian students to learn, and we are expecting a video in return!

Learn more about this group on their Weebly

December 2016: Carolyn Lewis Elementary School in Conway, AR has prepared hundreds of colorful drawings, messages of love and hope for the Syrian children at The Wisdom House. They will be delivered to the orphanage in the next few weeks. 

In October 2016, a Burger Night Fundraiser at Legends grill in Conway, Arkansas featured Fat Soul Band and the proceeds went to The Wisdom House Project. People enjoyed dinner next to an arena with horses and live music while learning about and honoring the children in Syria.