We are in Danger of Losing Two Generations of Syrians
Quick facts about the war:
13 million Syrians need humanitarian aid each day to survive.
There are nearly 12 million displaced or Syrian Refugees since the war began.
Over 1 Million Syrians have been injured since fighting began in 2011.
Nearly 500,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011.
More than half of the refugees are children.
Syrian crisis overview
Syria has been in conflict and civil war since 2011. This conflict has turned into one of the deadliest conflicts in the last century. According to the UN, nearly 500,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting and over a million injured. There are 5.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled the country in hopes of finding safety and peace for their families. There are over 6 million Syrians displaced within the country. Syria continues to be a very volatile place to live.
There are over 13 million Syrians that need humanitarian aid each day--8.6 million are children.
The refugees have had no choice but to flee. More than half of them are young children. Nearly 3 million of these children have not had the opportunity for education in over 5 years.
Lebanon, Turkey, Greece and Jordan are hosting most of the refugees. Lebanon has more elementary aged Syrian refugees than Lebanese children in their country.
We are partnering with World Vision
We have the amazing opportunity to partner with World Vision for this project. World Vision is one of the leading organizations that has stepped up to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. They not only provide practical aid in every aspect--including water, food, building latrines and other infrastructure needs--but also have expanded their efforts into the realm of schooling.
Because of our desire to help children displaced by civil war, World Vision has given us the opportunity to partner with their Early Elementary Education Fund--basically preschool for the refugees. World Vision has realized that one of the best long-term solutions is to help get them education. Giving the opportunity for education is the foundation of hope in any culture.
Like anyone else in the world who has not had the opportunity to study, the children are behind when they are immersed in to other cultures' education systems. The hope is to provide them with the schooling they need so that they can begin to thrive and have the opportunity to further their education.
The current locations for these schools supported by the Early Elementary Education Fund are in Lebanon, but the hope is to expand into other refugee camps as well, and with your partnership, that will happen!
As we all know, there is no easy fix to solve the conflict in Syria. Since day one, our heart has been for the children whose lives continue to be so radically affected. When World Vision shared about what they are doing in regards to education for these Syrian refugees, everything within us cried out "YES!” It is more than just teaching these kids numbers, letters and how to read and write (although this is a huge and important component!) It is also creating a safe space for these children to play and be kids, like they were created to be. Another huge piece is psycho-social healing, which helps these children learn skills and hopefully recover from the atrocities they have endured. The schooling component also reaches far past the children to their parents and families. World Vision makes it a point to reach out to the parents and help them understand what their children are learning at school, as well as equip them to bring healing to their children. It is a very well-rounded approach.
Studies have shown time and time again the importance of safe play and learning environments in the recovery of refugee children.
When you reach the kids, you reach the families! Thank you for partnering with us!