BET KANU means the House of Creation. Etymologically “Bet” is the Akkadian word for “house” and is used today by Syriac speakers. Kanu is also an Akkadian word which has a connection with the Classical Syriac words of Kana/Kano and Kiyana/Kiyono that refers to “creation”.
A group of friends noticed the loss of the spoken Syriac language in diaspora, to the extent that UNESCO designated it as a "severely endangered language", found the need to create a change.
In order to help Syriac succeed in the digital age, BET KANU was established in 2017 to build a foundation to advance the main dialects of the Syriac language (Eastern/Western).
With a dedicated BET KANU Center in the homeland, a dozen of our local talented designers, animators, and developers along with volunteers in the diaspora, create multi-media products and modern resources that Syriac lacks. This center, more importantly, provides hope through job opportunities and youth empowerment in times of war.
BET KANU’s mission is to build a foundation to advance the endangered Surit/Surayt dialects of the Syriac language. This goal is achieved by creating all types of media-products such as animated songs, mobile apps, websites, cartoon series, books and more—for children and adults alike.