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From Syria, Wiam (6) stands in front of her tent in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, January 2017.

In Syria Wiam’s father worked at a textile factory in a village in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

In August, 2013, they had to leave. Wiam’s mother Fatima explains: “The bombing was so heavy over us. We moved from our region to a nearby village, but even there we sustained bombings by barrels, tanks and rockets. We moved again to another village and stayed about two months hiding in a basement. We moved to another area for nine months but then there were chemical weapons – it was a massacre. We were trying to inhale the vinegar to stay alive. After three days, they opened the roads for the people to escape out the region and I took my kids and fled to Lebanon.”

Her sister Rihim likes to study and enjoys Arabic literature but has some health issues, as does her father. He sometimes works as a porter but would love to find a steady job. Wiam said she enjoys playing and would like to one day have a Barbie. The family said they hope to one day return to their hometown in Syria when it becomes safe again.


Hootenanny Art House Community
The Hootenanny Art House was started in 2007 by Kira and Pete. After years of singing, dancing, and creating in Brooklyn, the art house is now a vibrant community of caring, creative children and families who hope to show some love and support to Wiam and her family.
Jenni Mahnaz
Jenni Mahnaz is a photographer and nomad. She is currently settled in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter. Jenni hopes to raise a socially conscious little girl who knows that there is far more to the world than her tiny corner of it.
Anna Purisch
I am a mom and translator based in Brooklyn, NY. I am currently working with the Hootenanny Art House Community in Brooklyn to offer some support and help to 6 year old Syrian refugee Wiam and her family. I am happy to do what I can to show them there are people who care about what they are going through.
Kira and Pete
Kira and Pete took an immediate stand of community solidarity, inclusiveness and resistance after the November 8th election and have committed to welcoming and protecting people of all colors, genders, religions and sexual orientations, as well as working towards protecting the earth for our children and their children’s children. They proudly run the Hootenanny Art House in Brooklyn, NY.
$1750 Goal

The war in Syria has left many of us feeling paralyzed as to how to help those most in need. Humanwire has created a way for us to help refugees like 6 year old Wiam and her family directly.

Wiam and her family had to escape severe devastation in Syria to arrive safely in Lebanon. Now, they need help making sure they have what they need to continue to survive.

The ultimate hope is that one day there will be no more refugees displaced by war. Until that day, we aim to do our best to help those affected, however we can. Today we can provide monetary support (and maybe a Barbie doll) to a little girl and her family who have lived through things no human should have to experience.

Please consider donating. Any amount will help. Best of all, if you donate $25 or more, you have the opportunity to connect directly with Wiam and her family, possibly bridging the gap between “us” and “them” just a little bit.

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At least four quarterly emails will be sent to all contributors with status and progress reports related to activity on the campaign. This may include information about the successful transfer of funds to a hospital, a photo of the recipient after a successful surgery, etc.


Contributors will be provided with a local address to send food, clothes, school supplies and letters of support directly to the family’s door. This is a great way to build one-to-one relationships and potentially provide more needed support down the road. Plus, everything included in the $5 reward.


Attend a live video chat session with the host and refugee. Introduce yourself and time-permitting, spark up a conversation along with others involved in the campaign. A translator will be provided for English when needed. Plus, everything included in the $5 and $15 rewards.


Engage in a 30 minute one-to-one live video chat. An arabic translator will be provided for French or English. Plus, everything included in the $5, $15 and $25 rewards.


Everything in the $45 reward, four times! You can give them away to others or enjoy them all yourself. Each of the four rewards comes with everything offered in the $45 reward and below.


Thinking of traveling? Humanwire can help with recommendations for your itinerary. This could be a great opportunity to meet and connect more closely with the refugee family that will be benefitting from your contribution. For dinner, Humanwire will provide local transportation for everyone. Also, everything included in all prior rewards.

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