Local residents are coming together to help support displaced people in war-torn Syria through The Wisdom House project.

"Amazing individuals here have come together to support and establish an orphanage caring for almost 400 children who lost their parents to war in the worst humanitarian tragedy since World War II," Natalie Larrison, an event organizer, said. "Arkansans are able to make a difference in areas of Syria where no international relief organizations operate. Educating these kids also provides them a future and is the most effective means of countering violent extremism, and connecting a bridge showing that the American people care for the suffering of oppressed civilians."

Mouaz Moustafa, an Arkansas native who works with an American NGO (non-governmental organization), will speak on the subject from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hendrix Student Life and Technology Center and from 1-3 p.m. at the UCA Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.thewisdomhouseproject.com.