Exactly four years ago I collected some money, bought some supplies and convinced some friends to join me on the Syrian-Turkish border dreaming of giving the ChildrenOfSyria who now lived there just a tiny little bit of hope – just a tiny little sense of belief that they would be OK.
Four years later, we welcomed 33 international volunteers from all around the world to our workshops in Lebanon.
Some who of them are passionate about Syria; some are passionate about children; some believe in the importance of education; and some just want to be able to one day tell their children that they didn’t just sit back and watch as humanity crumbled around them.
The one thing that everyone has in common is passion. Passion to bring about change.
I watched, day after day, the children’s reactions to these 33 volunteers that had pressed the pause button on their “normal lives” to come be with them. And what an inspiring reaction it was.
The children’s instant connection to the volunteers and the volunteers instant love for the children, despite a cultural barrier and not speaking the same language, is a reminder that the world can be a beautiful place – we just need to be passionate enough to believe we can make it one.
Thank you to the amazing Project Amal ou Salam ambassadors that I am so blessed to be able to call my family.
Thank you for supporting my crazy ideas, for trusting my vision, for pushing me to think bigger and most importantly for giving the Children of Syria Hope and reminding us all that we are all in this together.
Because without Hope we have nothing.
Keep spreading the love ❤
Project Amal ou Salam’s next workshops will be in Lebanon, 26-31 August.
We’ve become a lot more than just a programme. I think we’ve become a movement of people who share the same beliefs and share the same ideology. You’re always thinking what can I offer to Syria? I think Project Amal ou Salam is giving people a way to take their own expertise and give that to the kids. Which is so refreshing and rewarding.
(Nousha Kabawat, founder&director)
If you want to join our movement and work with our team and with the Children of Syria, apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a motivation letter. Make sure you tell us:
- how you heard about us
- why you want to volunteer with us
- what you think you can bring to Project Amal ou Salam and our children
Deadline’s 15 July.
Twice a year, around 30 international volunteers gather from all over the world to join Project Amal ou Salam and the Children of Syria in working for peace.
We organise five volunteer-run workshops for kids aged 5 to 14: arts, music, photography, sports and health. Click here to learn more about our workshops.
Keep spreading the love! ♥
I have not been able to stop thinking of the kids in the camp since I woke up this morning.
I have not been able to stop thinking about those special moments of impact.
The moment when the quiet introverted kid who hasn’t spoken a word all day is finally screaming with laughter and partaking in the activities with his friends.
The moment when the kid who has been sulking finally breaks into a smile.
The moment when the cheeky trouble-maker of the class is helping us clean up the garbage off the classroom floor.
The moment the girls finally agree to play with boys because in spite of it all, in the end, they are still only kids.
The moment one of the kids puts themselves in my arms and lifts up a bleeding finger or a bruised elbow asking me to fix it with a bandage and a kiss.
The moment one of the older kids is standing alone shyly at the edge of my classroom door waiting for me to be alone so she can tell me her coming-of-age problems.
The moment one of the kids leaves their group just to run over and give me a kiss.
The moment just before the goodbye when I see one of the kids looking around and I just somehow know they’re looking for me.
People always ask realistically what can be accomplished in just a week. It does not take a week to turn a life around. Or even a day. It takes one moment. That one moment of impact. One moment to change a life – ours and theirs.
And the moment I watch the volunteers pack up and get on the bus, dance on the bus ride back to the city.
I’m rather quiet on the bus ride back. I’m not the most memorable volunteer. Not the one who tells jokes or laughs or dances or is the life of the party.
I say it’s because I’m tired but it’s not. I’m just too overwhelmed with emotion; too grateful to be there with them; too thankful to them for being the people they are; too shy to say I love you.
I love you guys. I do…
Project Amal ou salam, the family we choose