Jenny came across Paper Airplanes by chance. While interviewing a potential candidate for a job vacancy at her workplace, she learned about this candidate’s tutoring journey with Paper Airplanes and was interested in learning more about the organization.
Jenny quickly grew to value Paper Airplanes’ goal: with a global and virtual reach, Paper Airplanes offers language and skills training programs to individuals in the Middle East who are affected by conflict. Jenny especially appreciated that Paper Airplanes’ mission centered on education, helping people build skills they will be able to use for a lifetime. Additionally, Jenny was impressed by our Women in Tech program, which provides free courses on business analytics, Python, and web development courses to women affected by conflict.
Jenny and her family have pledged a recurring donation to Paper Airplanes in honor of her father, Dr. John Michael. Her father was born in a small village outside of Damascus, Syria. He started his career as a teacher and school principal and eventually moved to the United States to pursue a degree in medicine. Jenny mentioned how her father moved to the United States without much, and recounted how he would often study under the street lights so he could continue his education. Her father’s commitment to education, and securing that of his daughters, Jenny and her sister, has instilled in the family the value of lifelong learning, which they honor by supporting individuals whose education has been interrupted due to conflict.
Jenny and her family’s contribution, in honor of Dr. John Michael, will help Paper Airplanes continue its mission to give conflict-affected individuals access to education. Supporting Syrian students as they, like Jenny’s father, build skills and explore careers for themselves represents a chance to share Dr. Michael’s commitment to his birthplace and home country.
Paper Airplanes is inspired by Jenny’s support and is grateful for the opportunities it represents for our students.