In January and February the weather was cold and the children of the camp were all barefoot and had no jackets. Only me (Arianna) and Luca made it to the camp this time, but we managed to buy and distribute 2 tracks full of boots and jackets to more than 1000 children. The organisation of the distribution is never easy, but this time we have been able to hand out boots and clothes of the right size to every child, thanks to the support of many people in the camp.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford distributing food packs to the 800 families of the camp: money is never enough and we can only rely on the spontaneous contributions from the donors. Still we were able to give milk to malnourished children and vouchers to the orphans. These young children live in very harsh conditions, they are alone in the camp and the older ones already work in the fields nearby for a few euros per day.

The contributions from the generous donors help children to cover their basic needs, but we strongly believe in the importance of education as the most important instrument we can offer them to change their life. SSCH relies on the school tent (Rainbow Tent) since it is the only place where children can spend a few peaceful hours, learning how to write, read and count. The management of the tent activities is not easy because the kids don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to games and instruction, even though this should be their everyday life. Still they are really willing to learn and play and have a break from a life made of hard work and sacrifice. Life has deprived them of their childhood, but in the tent they can live a moment of peace and light, and we are very proud of that.

Just a few drops in an ocean of grief and indifference.


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I write about this mission only three months after. I don’t know if this is good or not.

Emotions settle down and change, but never leave you.

It’s six years now that I (Arianna) go back and forth to the camps and sometimes I don’t know which direction to take in my life. Still I keep on going there. If I can change the destiny of just one of the children I meet, then it’s worth it. My dream is to give hope to these kids whose future have been taken away.


This is a very busy mission. We distribute food packs and visit malnourished children. Lorenzo, the doctor, spends the entire day visiting, checking the progresses of the malnourished kids and distributing milk and medicines to those in need. Pietro is also with us at the camp. He is a volunteer who launched a fundraising for us and then decided to come and help. Together with the doctor, they start creating a database of medical records that will be very helpful in the future missions. Thanks to this archive it will be a lot easier, for the three alternating doctors, to follow each patient. It’s an immense job, given the extreme working conditions of the camp.

In the meanwhile, Luca and Andrea build the school tent and the teacher (the interpreter who always supports us) starts counting the future scholars.

It’s going to be a small and modest school: there are many children and they have different ages and characteristics, but basically we’ll try to teach them how to read, write and count. Most of all, we want to create a peaceful and colorful oasis for children who have seen nothing but hard work in the fields.

The school opening is one of the best moments I have ever lived: pure joy and euphoria, but also order and self-control.  I hope we will always have the resources to keep this school running.

While some children have their first informal lesson, we pass on to distribute the checks to the orphans. Andrea takes pictures of each child or group and we’ll send them to the Italian donors. Sharing the children’s stories with the people supporting from Italy is very touching.

We finish our work late in the evening when it’s already dark. Some of the children are already asleep, others are still awake because they are happy to stay with us.

We identify a small shop where we make a deal: we give them money for each Voucher and children can go there and buy what they need. It works, but it’s an agreement based on trust.

Staying in the camp is both fulfilling and emptying. At the end of the day you are tired but you still don’t want to leave.

The next day we are back in the car directed to Kilis, where we stay as usual at Majad (The Sons of War). When we give the checks to the refugee families, the atmosphere is full of love and sorrow for the destiny of those people, especially children.  We would like to do a lot more, but at least we give them money to eat, so children are not forced to work and can go back to school.

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This mission is particularly important for us: we will not only provide medical aid and food packs, but we will also try to census all the children.

In the camp there are more than a thousand children. More than a hundred are orphans of one or both parents. We want to census the orphans first, in order to start a project of distance support as soon as possible. We will identify an Italian donor for every orphan or a group of orphan siblings.


When we land the heat is terrible, even at night. Our thoughts immediately go to the children working 10 hours a day in the fields and living in the camp in these harsh conditions.

We start the mission checking that the 500 food packs are ready and we find out that they’ll  be ready the next morning.

This time Anna, a doctor, is travelling with us. We received most of the medicines and milk powder by Italian donors and we buy some more in the morning. After that, we follow the vans carrying the food packs to the camp.

The doctor spends the whole day visiting children under extreme temperatures.

We come across malnourished newborns and we give them milk. We soon realize that we need to buy more milk, since we don’t have enough. We meet a baby in serious conditions: due to an infection, he suffers from cerebral palsy and is fed with a tube in his stomach. We give the child some multivitamin and protein milk, but next time we will provide this child with the specific food he needs. The doctor, Anna, finds out the baby has another infection. She gives him an antibiotic and teaches the mother how to continue the cure.


Food distribution is always a moment that brings confusion, but the two chiefs of the camp are making a very good job and it’s a lot easier now that they have the list of the families.

We pass on to the children census . We count them and take pictures so that they can be associated to a donor. This is a very tough job (there are many children and a lot of confusion) but we manage to get through it.

The interpreter is mostly needed to assist the doctor, but he tries to give a hand to all of us.

In the evening we are exhausted but happy because we counted all the orphans and we can start the adoptions once we are back home.


The morning after we move to Kilis, close the border and 4 hours by car from the camp. In Kilis we meet the families we started to support from Italy. Majad from the association “The Sons of War” is our contact person and he always gives us a place to sleep when we are there.  His team support us when we’re in Kilis and when we’re in Italy. We personally deliver the checks to the families, but if sometimes (very seldom) we can’t, they do it for us.

Majad also runs a small laboratory where Syrian women make soap and small objects in order to earn some money and escape poverty. We always buy some products  and bring them back to Italy as gadgets. The three of us (Arianna, Andrea e Anna) have worked closely together, without any complaint or misunderstanding. Days are long and busy, and what you see often compromise your balance, but things are a lot easier when you are a team and share the same values and beliefs.

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Our project to support Atma refugee camp continues regarding  particularly orphan children and, when it is possible, the entire community.

In agreement with our partners who always update us about the situation of children and the camp, we have chosen to concentrate our efforts on a very precious good: clean drinking and possible fresh water.

The camp gives hospitality to 70.000 people but no running water. A tank system is used where families can get water. The ration of water is 10 liters per day per family including drinking, cooking and washing if possible.

It is absolutely  insufficient. Families are numerous and the need to drink is strong especially for those who live in tents. In that area temperatures can range between 39 – 52 degrees.

Thanks to  the contribution of our supporters and to the precious collaboration of Bridge of peace, particularly of Tamer, responsible of Bridge of Peace Middle East,

Support Syrian Children managed to distribute 2.400 liters of water and ice.

In total four tanks , three in Atma camp and 1 in Al Wlled camp (near few km from Atma).

Thanks also to the commitment of 3 people for a whole day.

In the end , we succedeed in helping  120 families. As we always  do,  we first favoured the  families made up of single mothers with small children, mainly those who take care of the increasingly number of orphans. We totally reached 500 people, 400  of them children.

The inhabitants of the two camps strongly appreciated the arrival of clean, potable and fresh water, and asked us to be able  to enjoy of this great gift also in the following days: for them now water and food are the greatest blessing.

Tamer, whom we cannot but thank, without him we wouldn’t be able to act, left us  his feelings:

” It was not easy, but seeing the  children so happy was paramount , and made the venture less tiring. Their enthusiasm and their help were very important. Despite the environmental difficulties, the children did their best  to make our job easier.  The joy on their faces  is a priceless reward for  our commitment .

They are wonderful children, their will to live and their joyful effort to overcome the great difficulties always surprise me,  better, they always teach me something more.  We will never stop helping them.”

Our goal has been reached,  we cannot but thank  all the people who backed us  and gave financial support.

Thank you!

We would like  to be able to carry on with this project , and hope for your never ending help.

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