Children displaced by war can succeed in school, but they have to get there first.
One of the roadblocks to school attendance by displaced Syrian children living in the Erbil area is the prohibitive cost of transportation to and from school. Because of the agile design of TentED, we were able to respond to this urgent need by covering the cost of bus transport to a local school for July and August (summer classes) and part of September — an average investment of $50 per child, per month, depending upon distance. This rapid infusion of funds allowed our partner IVY the breathing room to identify additional funds to help cover the cost of transportation moving forward.
With help from TentED, 200 children were bused to and from school each day — and apparently had a good time while making the trip.
Watch Rabia (below), a mother of three daughters who attend Kobani Elementary School, describe how having a worry-free way of getting her children to school transformed her life and the lives of her girls.