Public Outreach and Discourse

SETF Sends Baby Milk to Orphanage Village 

This week, the Syrian Emergency Task Force sent $2,900 of much-needed baby milk to the village in Idlib, Syria where our SETF-supported orphanage, The Wisdom House, is located.  The English teacher at the orphanage distributed the milk to families in need, including to some of her own students' families. She told us that her students were so excited to bring home milk for their little brothers and sisters. Although these students are only six years of age or younger, they are more concerned with their families than their own selves. The teacher said this is because living in a war zone has caused them be like adults at a very young age. 

Baby milk continues to be an item in desperate need all over Syria. Please support our efforts to continue this important work. See more...

SETF Sends Bedding to Those who have fled Aleppo

The Syrian Emergency Task Force sent 300 mattresses and 300 blankets to aide Syrian men women and children who have fled from eastern Aleppo after the recent siege.  Read more...

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Meet the Children of the Wisdom House Orphanage

One of our proudest achievements is the establishment of this orphanage in Idlib, Syria. We are connecting American communities to these children, many of whom have lost one or both parents to the conflict.  We recieve regular updates from the teachers and our team in the region who have distributed support sent by compassionate partners in the US. Learn about the Wisdom House here.

SETF Orphanage Moves Location of School Underground

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Due to the escalated intensity of bombing in the area, and the known targeting of schools by the Assad regime and Russia, the orphanage moved its location to a cellar that is entirely underground this past week.

SETF has successfully provided a bus, electric generator, teacher salaries, printers, laptops, projectors, backpacks, and more to the orphanage. The heaters, doors, floor, boards, and most importantly- the kids- are all in the new space today. Read more...

SETF Orphanage in Idlib, Syria Receives Equipment

The Syrian Emergency Task Force successfully delivered 2 projectors, 2 printers, and 2 laptops to the orphanage making this school enriched with technology and opening up many doors for teachers to introduce lessons to their classes. Read more...

SETF Sends Medical Supplies to Internally Displaced Syrians

The Syrians are the now the most displaced people on the planet, and those who remain inside the country are in danger not only from bombing but also from lack of medical resources and facilities. Hospitals are vanishing because they have consistently been targets by the Assad Regime and Russia, leaving people without a way to take care of the sick or injured. Read more...

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SETF Sends New Bus to Orphanage in Idlib, Syria

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The "Wisdom House" is an orphanage and school in Idlib Province established by the Syrian Emergency Task Force in early 2016. Hundreds of children have found refuge and an opportunity for education with this orphanage, and now they have a bus. Read more...

SETF Delivers Food Supplies for Families in Aleppo

The beneficiaries of this support were several families who had all lost their primary caregiver, having lost either the father, mother, or both. Many people will have access to food because of this donation, including many orphaned children who live with these families.  They were in starvation, not getting anything while their city is under attack. Read more...

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SETF Establishes Bakery for life-bringing Bread in Southern Daraa, Syria

The SEFT outreach team has established a bakery in southern Daraa, Syria. The bakery provides bread for hundreds of internally displaced Syrians including over 300 orphans. Read more...

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SETF Adopted Orphanage, "Wisdom House," in Idlib, Syria Receives Food Supplies

 A recent donation to our orphanage allowed for the purchase and delivery of a truckload of food supplies.  The shipment arrived this past weekend, and is seen being unloaded by the SETF team and children who live at the Wisdom House. Read more...

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Adopt a Village: Americans helping Syrians

SETF works with a number of Civilian Administrative Councils in liberated Syria to provide basic goods and services to the people of Syria. Read More.

Harvard Arab Weekend:

 Executive Director, Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff spoke on a panel entitled: "The Syrian Conflict: Analysis and Scenarios" on November 8, 2012 at Harvard's Arab Weekend with Syrian composer Malek Jandali and Amnesty International's MENA advocacy director, Sanjeev Bery.

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Executive Director, Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff on a panel at Harvard Arab Weekend

Chatham House:

Political Director Mouaz Moustafa spoke at Chatham House in the United Kingdom on the revolution in Syria at a conference on revolutions.

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Interfaith Vigil for Peace in Syria:

December 6, New York City–Syrian Emergency Task Force Media Coordinator, Cassie Chesley attended the Jewish-Muslim Vigil for Peace in Syria last night at the Isaiah Wall across from the United Nations in New York City. Written in the Isaiah wall is a quote from the book of Isaiah 2:4 calling for peace, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares. And their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war anymore.” Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox Jewish Social Justice Organization and Jews for Human Rights in Syria organized the vigil co-sponsored by the Syrian Emergency Task Force. This vigil was the beginning of a larger partnership between the Jewish and Muslim communities to publicly advocate for peace, democracy, and freedom in Syria.

#Stories4Syria: The Lives of Syrians in Conflict

The Syrian Emergency Task Force in concert with the Coalition for a Democratic Syria launches the #Stories4Syria campaign to educate and engage the American public on the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

In 2012, SETF requested that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security grant TPS under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to Syrians already in the United States. TPS was granted after only 10 weeks with the help of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO), United for a Free Syria (UFS), Syrian Americans for Democracy (SAD), SOuth Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Syrian American Council Florida Chapter, Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICI), Casa Ezperanza, American Lebanese Congress, and Refugee Council USA (RCUSA).

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