"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."
- Mother Teresa
An Inspired Advocacy Story by Students for Students
Dear Tariq is an inspired grassroots children’s advocacy story written and illustrated by a team of international students to help raise awareness, empathy and compassion around the Syrian refugee crisis.
Our mission is simple. To sell as many books as possible on behalf of our young illustrator Sirin, her mother, and other Syrian refugee families living in Amman, Jordan. Book proceeds will go to Sirin and her family. Learn more about the creative team and listen to Sirin's inspiring interview.
Would you help us discover the power of youth storytelling advocacy and its collective ripple effect?
“Meet Aidan and Tariq, two young soccer enthusiasts, growing up on opposite sides of the world. One fall, Tariq and his family attempt to escape the civil war in Aleppo, Syria, and television images of children fleeing the violence deeply trouble Aidan. While Tariq’s family makes the brave and difficult journey to Amman, Jordan, Aidan considers how he and his classmates might respond. As Tariq dreams of playing soccer and being reunited with his family, Aidan explores a meaningful journey of friendship. Together, they bridge the distance between them.”
Meet the Creative Team
Never underestimate the power of a story and your ability to tell it
Dear Tariq’s creative team hopes that this poignant advocacy story will create a lasting ripple effect that fosters collective kindness, dignity, community, and action! Learn more, listen to the Interview with authors Selena & Geo!
University student and changemaker Selena Morse cares deeply about the environment and humanitarian rights. She hopes the narrative journeys in her first book “Dear Tariq” will continue to inspire empathy, understanding, and positive social impact throughout our world.
Twelve-year-old changemaker Sirin is excited to share her illustrations through her first picture book “Dear Tariq.” She hopes that in capturing Tariq’s authentic perspective, many others affected by war will be inspired to share their own stories of healing and resilience.
Shahd Abu Gharbieh
University student Shahd’s deep interest in advocacy and social change motivated her to pursue translation and interact with refugees in her community. She hopes that this project will connect readers from around the world regardless of cultural differences.
University student and changemaker Geo Chen hopes that in textually and visually capturing Aidan and Tariq’s perspectives, readers will see the Syrian refugee crisis as a collection of human stories and thus, an invitation to compassionately respond.
University student and changemaker Allison Dai brings characters to life through her inked panels and texturization in “Dear Tariq”. She hopes the collaboration of this project helps readers to visualize refugees as human beings, deserving of dignity, and love.
Jordan started working with Syrian refugees at the age of 20, striving to help them have agency over their own lives. Jordan believes in the power of storytelling and is currently the director of Help4Refugees.org. He connects schools and students worldwide with refugee communities.
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LISTEN TO THE STUDENT PODCAST
Interviewers Alannah and Sophie get the inside scoop with Co-Authors Selena and Geo about the process
of creating Dear Tariq.