The mission of Small Projects Istanbul is to provide access to formal as well as supplemental education that will assist students and families from Syria to succeed in Turkey and beyond, paving the way for better opportunities in the future. SPI is helping to stop the downward spiral into unemployment and poverty that curtailed education threatens to create for members of what is being called Syria’s “lost generation.” As a global community of volunteers and supporters, SPI is working to provide supplemental education for children through weekly Turkish language classes and a homework support club as well as art and other activities that develop community and a new sense of belonging at our Olive Tree Community Center. SPI is also running a scholarship fund to ensure primary and high school students can re-enter formal education, whether in Turkish or Syrian schools. For adults, there are also Turkish, German, English and TOEFL classes at the community center. We believe helping to address the current crisis of education for children and young people from Syria will help entire families get back on their feet, and help create the new generation of leaders needed for Syria’s future. In addition, SPI runs a women’s craft collective for livelihood support to provide the opportunity for skills development and livelihood support, critical for those who need to support themselves and their families but don’t have the right to work.