All of our students have been affected in some way by conflict in the MENA region. Nearly all are originally from Syria, many of whom have fled across the region and Europe. A significant portion also remain inside of Syria.
Recognizing the Syrian war as the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII, the Paper Airplanes team has been focused on serving the more than 12 million Syrian refugees who have suffered from the crisis. Since our first English program began in June 2014, we've watched our students flee from Syria to Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Europe. Currently, our students are across the MENA region, Europe, as well as inside of Syria.
This crisis in particular has seen a large number of people flee to urban centers rather than refugee camps, making services more difficult to provide. Regime targeting of aid convoys makes aid within Syria even more challenging. Our program allows our volunteers to reach those in need anywhere, anytime, as long as they have Internet.