While required school uniforms can be expensive, enthusiasm comes naturally.
Not long after Zack landed in Iraq in August 2014, he connected with Sheelan Sher, an Iraqi Christian with a tireless work ethic. Sheelan was working with two other incredible educators, Risa and Lydia, at IVY, a Japanese organization that helps displaced children in the Erbil area adjust to life back at school. Risa is a Japanese national with excellent facility in Arabic, and Lydia moved to Erbil with her husband to escape the fighting in Syria.
Working with these three exceptional women, TentED learned that 200 children at Garanawa Elementary School (now called Kobani Elementary School), needed mandatory school uniforms and some of the most basic school supplies. TentED funded these essentials within days, facilitating an easier transition for Syrian refugee students as they try to overcome the war-related disruptions of the past several years and resume their studies.