Building our thoughts: This is Why Syria Still Has a Chance.


As the conflict in Syria enters the 4th year now, people – especially children – are still suffering from the horrible crisis in their lives. They are forced to leave their homes, their history, their school and their professions – as well as the memories and lives that had been built over so many years.

Children are suffering the most during this conflict; according to latest UN numbers more than 5.5 million Syrian kids are impacted by the ongoing war. At Jasmine Baladi Studio, an NGO formed shortly after the start of the war, we know that these children are the future of Syria, and by helping them we are building a bright future for Syria. 

We know how important our mission is, and we are working to build the future leaders – and learners – who will be the main foundation to help to bring the country back on its feet. 

I would like to share this photos of the Spring carnival (March 2014) that Jasmine Balaldi Studio supported for hundreds of children; we are grateful for the resilience of the children, the spirit of their parents and families amidst so much hardship and for our supporters whose generosity turns silence into laughter and joy.

Because we know that in the future we would love to remember these moments; we made sure to capture each of our lovely kids while they are having fun with Jasmine Baladi Studio.Image

’’Did you like the coolers in my tower “


                                                         ”Our construction team”


                                                   ”Let me take a photo first”


                                              “So, what’s the project for today” 


                                                      ”Team work spirit”

It would be awesome that some of these students will one day participate in the LEGO: Build a City event scheduled each July at Illinois Institute of Technology and use their imagination for building their own thoughts – and their own cities.


Suhaib Ibrahim
Civil Engineering
Expected graduation date: Dec 2014



P.S. If you are reading this blog post and live in the city of Chicago, I hope that you will join me and my fellow Illinois Tech students on July 12th for the 5th annual Lego: Build a City event which will take place at the historic Crown Hall designed by Mies van de Rohe.  You can learn more about the event and register at the link below:

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