1.5 million Syrian refugees including 500,000 children live in over 2,000 makeshift camps in Lebanon. A dusty hilltop in Ketermaya, Lebanon shelters a community of 350 refugees including 150 children and orphans.

Our mission is to help these Syrian refugee children access education and improve their well being.

Pen-pal letter exchanges are improving reading and writing skills and sharing hope through the development of friendship.

the first pen-pal program was launched in hudson, Ny

5th grade students of Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School in Hudson, NY and children in Ketermaya, Lebanon met via skype to introduce each other. The first "pen-pal” letters were then written by the 5th grade students in Hudson, NY and hand-delivered to Lebanon where they were translated into arabic and presented to the children of Ketermaya. Children read their letters in makeshift classrooms in Ketermaya, discussing what they learned about each Hudson student, what they had in common and the joy they felt knowing there are other children in the world who care about them and want to help their lives.

Pen-Pal Writing workshop with children from Ketermaya, Lebanon writing to their friends in Hudson, NY with AUB student volunteers.