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Donate $29 and receive a pen-pal t-shirt designed by students of Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School of Hudson, NY and Syrian refugee students living in Ketermaya, Lebanon. Designs are inspired by hand-written letters that have been exchanged between these communities of students over this past year. Students shared hardships about their lives amongst themes of love, empathy, hope and dreams. All profits support our partnership with the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University now building a new learning facility and spearheading educational and cultural programs including teachers and supplies for the Syrian refugee children living in Ketermaya. 

Hudson, NY has become a beacon for other American cities by expressing love to Syrian refugee children, supporting a path to transform their lives. 

PEN-PAL PROGRAM

A "pen-pal” program between children of Hudson, NY and Ketermaya, Lebanon has been established to nurture the reading and writing skills of both communities while inspiring their well-being through the development of friendship.

sharing hardshipS and dreams

Witnessing 5th grade students in their classrooms reading their pen-pal letters from their Syrian refugee friends revealed a willingness for both sides to share not only their hardships but also their dreams.  When asked to describe themes of their letters, the 5th grade students discussed feeling a sense of trust from their friends,  a desire to truly be friends and listen to what they wanted to share with empathy. Other powerful comments were a desire to never make another child feel less because of their race, skin color or displacement.  One child asked if he could write his pen-pal forever.

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