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Special Delivery: Letters of Hope

Once child refugees themselves in war-ravaged Europe after World War II, recipients of the original CARE Packages write letters to Syrian children whose families have fled to Jordan, resulting in some deeply moving connections.

Letters of Hope to Syrian Refugees

Bridging the thousands of miles between them, Stanford University researcher Laila Soudi connects through a letter to Syrian refugee Raneem in Jordan. 

Write Your Own Letter

Send your own message of hope to Syrian refugees.


Your gift of a CARE package will be symbolic of the supplies, services, relief and hope CARE provides Syrian families in need.

Paying it Forward | Write a Letter

Today, more refugees than at any other time in history have fled unimaginable violence and persecution in search of safety and a more promising future for their children. Many of them have lived in limbo for years and say hope keeps them going from one day to the next. CARE has reached millions of refugees around the world with humanitarian relief, but we also want to deliver the hope they need to continue. And you can play a part.

Our Letters of Hope initiative started in 2015 when CARE Package recipients in the United States, themselves refugees following WWII, wrote letters of support to Syrian children, bridging the great distance and circumstances that separated them. That outreach inspired thousands of people around the world to send their own heartfelt messages of hope and solidarity. Refugees need that now more than ever. Send your own letter of hope today. Then share your message with friends, family and your social networks, inviting them to express their own compassion, encouragement and hope for refugees everywhere.

“You now have a sister…”

A Jordanian immigrant in the U.S. and a Syrian refugee, although thousands of miles apart, learn through a letter that they share the same dream of helping Syrian refugee children through the field of medicine.

“Helga made me feel like I exist.”

When 16-year-old Sajeda opened the letter from 87-year-old Helga, she couldn’t have known how it would bridge the distance — and the decades — between them.

“There are good people in this world.”

Former child war refugee Gunter Nitsch, now 78 and living in Chicago, shared his story – and more — with 8-year-old Zaher, a Syrian refugee in Jordan. 

“I have hope when I find someone encouraging me.”

Hope is exactly what Renata Senter wished to express when she wrote to 13-year-old Duha. “I would like to get to know you and hope that I will be able to help you … achieve your goal.”

“You and your family are not alone.”

Joe feels a kinship with 12-year-old Shadi, and it doesn’t end with their shared child-war-refugee experience.