Our story

When love meets need.


Tasilu grew out of the efforts of Zerene Haddad to connect Oxford University students with members of the Syrian asylum-seeking community. What started out as her and one family has blossomed into a community of dedicated tutors and families, one which has only grown since our founding.

Since those early days, Tasilu has evolved into an organization which reaches dozens of community members, across the university and the Oxford area, connecting enthusiastic tutors with families looking for educational assistance. But Tasilu isn't just about tutoring. Our tutors and their families form lasting relationships, ones which cross linguistic, geographic, and cultural divides, creating a new community, one built by tutors and families over dinners and celebrations, as well as through teaching itself. 

Student organizations are notoriously unsustainable, and the founders of Tasilu refused to see this community dissolve with the end of their own time Oxford. We created this site to facilitate continuity, and to help us continue to link students and families in need. Through a web-based platform that places power in refugees hands to find tutors that fit their needs, we hope to create a sustainable model for cultural exchange, language learning, and community integration. 

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