Small Projects Istanbul operates a community center which brings together displaced Syrian families living in the Capa neighborhood of Istanbul.

Through our enrichment, integration, and Women’s Skills Development programs, SPI is a space in which key tools are transferred to families, allowing them to integrate and develop a sense of belonging as they rebuild their lives in Istanbul and beyond.

who we are

The physical space to grow. The mental space to heal, integrate and lead.

When we come together in a space where we are seen, respected, and acknowledged for our unique character and contribution to the whole, we regain energy to continue on our journey toward acceptance and growth.

Wounds and weight of the recent past begin to heal.
We are supported in achieving our dreams.

It’s through our cultivation of this space, that our community engages in the process-- beginning to trust in themselves and one another as they fulfill their potential toward bright futures.

Together we are creating a work of opportunity.

our team


We are a global team residing in Istanbul.

We share a passion for our community.

We have backgrounds in education, journalism, international relations, drama, and more!

Meet the Vision Team that steer daily operations at our community center, develop deep connections throughout the world, and keep us reaching for our dreams

Meet Our Team

core values

We Value


Treating others with courtesy, politeness and kindness. Listening to, and encouraging others.


The recognition of the inherent value and worth of each person and their right to live their life freely.


The inherent sameness of value and rights of all people and seeking equality in opportunity.


The acceptance and active involvement of all, regardless of difference.


The conscious effort to work together to produce our best work collectively.

This is our story

Learn how SPI grew from supporting 3 families to 200 at various stages in their journeys from their home in Damascus to creating a new one in Istanbul.

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