Jad shares a story with friends in Amman, Jordan. Ryan Donnell/Sesame Workshop

Basma, Jad, and Ma’zooza explore with a new friend on Season 3 of Ahlan Simsim. Credit: Mohamed Ewiss / Sesame Workshop


Jad making new friends in Amman, Jordan.
Jad making new friends in Amman, Jordan. Credit: Ryan Donnell / Sesame Workshop


How we’re using the power of media to support children across the Middle East during the COVID-19 pandemic

Basma’s puppeteer, Hind Jaal, remotely tapes a scene from the new broadcast special, “Ahlan Simsim: Friends Time”


For young children who have experienced war and been uprooted from their homes, education can be a lifeline.

Gargur and a new friend practice handwashing in Amman, Jordan. Photo Credit: Ryan Donnell/Sesame Workshop


We’ve designed brand-new characters that children in the Middle East can relate to.


To see the true impact of our program, we look to the children and families we’re reaching.

Ahlan Simsim activities at an IRC child-friendly space in Mafraq, Jordan. (Andrew Oberstadt/IRC)


Ahlan Simsim

Sesame Workshop and the IRC’s joint humanitarian program, bringing vital early education to refugee and host community children in the Syrian response region.

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