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I have been following the movement since 2015 and I am quite amazed by the spontaneous gesture of goodwill, hope and friendship in order to reach (Syrian) refugee children in different parts of the world, all the way. I like the pure simplicity of the action and the sense of creating bonds, through letters. Thank you, Letters of Love, for solidarity and joy!
Zeynep İclal İncioğlu
ex- Assistant Community Services Officer UNHCR Gaziantep, Turkey / Social psychologist / Humanitarian worker
When I first heard about Letters of Love initiative, I needed some time to understand what it meant and how it is going to work. I was working as Community Centre Manager in Hatay with Support to Life and it was the second year we were cooperating. Once we have received so many letters by post, coming from all over the world to this little neighbourhood at Syrian border, we, as the staff of the Community Centre, were very excited and eager to transfer these letters to the children visiting our Centre on a daily basis. When children received their letters, you could see the excitement in their eyes. A letter, written in Arabic as well, coming from so far away, sharing the joy of New Years is inspiring.This year, for the third time, our children will receive the Letters of Love. They've already gotten used to it and look forward to this time of the year... I hope that eventually this initiative turns into a regular connection for children from different cultures and includes all displaced or disadvantaged children around the world.Thanks to everyone involved.
Hatem Efe Keller
Program Manager, Support to Life
We will be receiving and distributing Letters of Love for the 3rd year in 2018 to refugee children we serve to at the Association for Solidarity for Asylum Seekers and Migrants in Turkey. The beauty of this project is that it shows how you can reach out to someone you don't even know and even though they are at the other side of the world and somehow make a connection. I am grateful to be a part of it and really glad to see that each year it reaches to more and more children, makes them smile and connects them to people and geographies that are unknown to them. Looking forward to see how Letters of Love will continue to grow and evolve in the upcoming years."
Peacebuilding Officer (Multi-Service Center for Syrian Refugees), Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants [ASAM]
Letters of Love has certainly cheered up these gray days for the children at the camp and instilled hope in them. It's a wonderful sight! Thank you so much for organising such a meaningful project
Diyarbakır Project Manager, Support To Life [STL]
I think this initiative was the need of the hour! Looking around us, we see more people complaining about what's happening around them and lesser people who are actually doing something about it. So kudos to Pooja for stepping forward and coming up with Letters of Love.The sensitization module designed for the use of educators worked wonderfully with the students of my classes. They were taken aback on knowing the situation of the refugee children and at the same time felt privileged to be safe and sound in this country.As a teacher, I feel it is very important to inculcate empathy in our children which unfortunately the current education system does not focus on in the syllabus. Letters of love initiative has not only made the children aware of what's happening around them but also made them believe that no matter how small a step is, it does make a difference and can change someone's life.
Teacher, Gopi Birla Memorial School, Mumbai
" Letters of Love was an opportunity to teach empathy and sympathy to our members. All of them are Syrian-Armenians who moved to Armenia due to the ongoing war. Most of them share the same feelings with any Syrian citizen that left the country, and had to go through the hardship of moving and integration. The letters they wrote were very emotional and heartwarming. I could see the spark in every kids eye and the happy faces they had. We hope our letter will draw a smile on every single kids face and we hope to see them happy.
~ Houry Pilibbossian ,
Executive Director - YMCA - Syrian Armenians
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