Orphan girls getting an education in the orphanages in Syra. The education in the two photos is focused on tailoring and cooking.
An article about Thurber and the orphanages at Syra.
An article describes the chances an orphan has when being exposed to the American education in provided by the Near East Relief schools.
Agriculture was one of the ways that Near East Relief helped the refugees to earn their own living. The article is written by Dr. O.S.Morgan, with photos are of Dr. Morgan and a farmer.
Ioannou Polikhronios, a child at the Syra Orphanage in Greece. The original caption reads “The presence of the refugees makes it more difficult to get children adopted – harder also for graduated orphans to make a living.” This photograph also appeared in a Near East Relief publication entitled An Investment in Future Manhood and Womanhood.
Young girl working at a sewing machine in an orphanage workshop in Syra, Greece. The orphans sewed clothing and linens for the orphanage and for sale in the community. All profits went toward the orphanage. This photograph also appeared in a Near East Relief promotional booklet.
Relief worker and agricultural specialist Fred Midgley (in white hat) teaches farming skills to a group of Near East Relief orphans at the agricultural school at Syra. The children living at the Syra Orphanage were survivors of the genocides against the Ottoman Armenians and the Anatolian Greeks.
Boys at the Syra agricultural school — known to the local Greek community as the “American school” — grew a wide variety of foodstuffs, including radishes and other root vegetables that stored well.
Physical education was an important part of life at Syra Orphanage, and at all Near East Relief orphanages. The children enjoyed recreation periods in the large play yard.
The orphans were responsible for periodic “cleaning days” to keep the buildings and grounds at Syra Orphanage tidy.
A group of boys pose on a hillside at Syra Orphanage. The orphanage housed 3,000 boys and girls and included an agricultural school.
Near East Relief imported American livestock for the farm education program at the agricultural school at Syra Orphanage. The boys raised chickens, pigs, and other hearty animals.
The children from Syra Orphanage enjoy a day at the beach at nearby Camp Vari.
Young children from Syra Orphanage receive dolls donated by well-wishers in the United States.
The boys at Syra Orphanage learn modern farming techniques.
Near East Relief worker George White with “the guard”: the boy who policed the gate between the boys’ and girls’ camps at Syra Orphanage.
Boys working in the onion field at Syra Orphanage. Syra, which housed 3,000 orphans, also functioned as an agricultural school. The gardens, fields, and livestock helped the orphanage to be self-sufficient while teaching the children valuable skills.
Two young women pose outside of a building at Near East Relief’s Syra Orphanage. The original caption identifies the girls as two sisters named Sevart and Suzanne. Sevart, or Sirvart, is an Armenian name meaning “beloved rose.” Suzanne’s name may be an Anglicization of the Armenian name “Shushan,” which means “lily.”
The boys of Syra Orphanage enjoyed day trips to the beach and overnight camping trips at nearby Camp Vari.
Children enjoyed trips to the beach near Syra Orphanage.
Girls of various ages in front of a building at Syra Orphanage.
A path between buildings at Syra Orphanage.
Postcard featuring the orphanage complex on the island of Syra (Syros). The complex, which housed and educated 3,000 children, was built by orphans and refugees.
Staff of Syra Orphanage enjoying a picnic at Klarissa Gardens.
page 12 from Near East Relief booklet featuring orphans in various locations
page 4 from Near East Relief booklet featuring orphans in various locations
page 14 from Near East Relief booklet featuring orphans in various locations
Boys in Syra built an experimental community, complete with a justice system
page 8 from Near East Relief booklet featuring orphans in various locations
A young girl in Syra, Greece demonstrates her proficiency with a sewing machine.
The original caption reads “treating trachoma patients.” Contagious eye diseases like trachoma were so prevalent that Near East Relief opened a specialized trachoma hospital at Seversky Post in Alexandropol. Student nurses learned to administer medication to younger children. Preventative care helped to reduce contagious diseases. Note the very young appearance of the student nurses. Syra, Greece, c. 1924.
Magazine spread of children in various Near East Relief orphanages
Pottery made at Syra Orphanage for use and sale
New Near East magazine cover featuring a well at Syra Orphanage
New Near East magazine cover featuring students at the Woodrow Wilson School
A makeshift classroom
Mr. Ray Ogden, Director of the Boys’ School at Syra Orphanage
Mr. Frederick Midgley
Agriculture in Syra
Boys at Syra Orphanage built their own small houses as part of an experimental model society
Mr. and Mrs. George White
Greece provided land for an orphanage on the island of Syra. Near East Relief orphans built a 15-building complex with their own hands, living in tents during construction. Syra ultimately housed 5,000 children.
Smithing in a workshop in the Syra orphanage