Why we need your help
Help us to give Syrian Refugees
a voice this Refugee Week
The Syria Trojan Women (STW) Project has been creating joint therapeutic drama and advocacy projects for Syrian refugees since 2013. Although their initial work focused on Jordan, today STW have expanded their work to benefit refugee communities in the UK and Germany. They would like to extend their work to Greece.
At its core, Charlotte Eagar, the Project’s Founder, says STW’s work is “about helping refugees work through depression, trauma and loneliness, and also giving them a voice. You have to give them the chance to have an identity: when you lose your home lose so much, not just a place to live, but family, friends, your peace of mind and your dignity. We help them create a new family for themselves and give them a place to stand.”
AUDIO DRAMA PROJECTS
STW are perhaps best know for their highly acclaimed therapeutic drama programmes, Syria: The Trojan Woman, and Oliver! And their accompanying multi-award-winning documentary about the project, Queens of Syria.
They have however, also developed audio drama projects which have been delivered in Jordan, Germany and the UK.
The first of these, We Are All Refugees, was a 6 part pilot audio soap opera about Syrian refugees in Jordan, co-written by a Syrian and Jordanian writing team and supported by the UNHCR. The series highlighted and explored issues facing refugees as well as their Jordanian host community.
The pilot was broadcast on BBC Arabic as well as Syrian radio station, Radio SouriaLi. The serial was subsequently adapted for BBC Radio 4 who broadcast it as a six part radio drama with the title Welcome to Zaatari.
The drama covered themes including forced early marriage, domestic violence, water shortages, unemployment and the tensions between the Syrian and Jordanian communities who forced to live side by side.
THE KALEIDOSCOPE PROJECT
Their current focus is Kaleidoscope, a UK, Europe and Middle East-based radio drama project, where Syrian refugees take part in episodic radio drama writing workshops run by a former editor of the Archers. Refugees work their own stories into 15-minute radio plays which are then recorded in Arabic and the host-nation language, with the refugees acting the roles. The project is being run currently in Scotland, England and Germany.
As well as this series of one off 15 minute dramas, Kaleidoscope aims to create a 50-episode radio drama, over two years, focusing on one family and spanning the Syrian migrant crisis from the Middle East to Fort William, Scotland. A documentary film is being made about the participants in the project.
As Charlotte Eagar, the programme’s creator says:
“The point of the documentaries is that they enormously magnify the advocacy element of the project; our first Syria: The Trojan Women play was only originally seen by about 200 people, but the documentary, Queens of Syria, directed by Yasmin Fedda, was broadcast to millions and won many awards. “
HOW YOU CAN HELP
They are seeking to raise £50,000 to run radio workshops for Syrians in Glasgow and Aberdeen, and to then extend the programme to Greece.
- £100 could help to pay child care for a day so that women can attend the workshop
- £250 could help to pay for a psychologist to attend the workshops.
- £500 could help to take care of catering, providing a hot meal for each participant for the course.
- £1,000 could help to help pay the participants their attendance per diem/travel allowance.
raised towards £50,000.00 target
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £12,500.00
Raised offline £12,500.00