AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Ellen Small Billard

Ellen Small Billard

Graduation Year: 2005
Degree Earned: B.A., English Literature
Institution: University of Southern Indiana

While working in China in 2013, Ellen Small Billard and her husband grew frustrated hearing the horror stories coming out of Syria during its civil war. Wanting to do something to help the Syrians forced into exile, she and her husband, Justin, first raised $5,000 in humanitarian aid before launching Road to Mafraq, a fundraising initiative that partners with NGOs and grassroots organizations “to increase access to resources, improve quality of life and facilitate resettlement of those displaced by the war in Syria.” To date, they’ve raise $12,000 and are raising more.