TentED partners and volunteers set up a low-cost, high-impact summer school.
Kawergosk refugee camp was established in the summer of 2013 to shelter the first waves of Syrians to flee civil war in their country. The camp has grown and matured over the years, yet it still lacked a formal secondary school.
Led by the energetic Ardalan Maroof, the deputy manager for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), a committed group of volunteers — camp residents and DRC staff — decided to change that. They drafted plans for a secondary summer school program aimed at helping teenagers stay busy and caught up on their studies.
The organizers secured classroom space, developed a curriculum, and coordinated a committed team of volunteer teachers. But they needed classroom supplies and air conditioners because classrooms would be intolerable without air conditioning in the summer.
In less than a week, volunteers purchased and prepared 200 kits of classroom supplies with funds from TentED. Zack also reached out to our friends at Mar Elia Church, who agreed to donate four air conditioners.
By leveraging a local network of supporters, and with a targeted investment of less than $1,500, TentED helped to set up a summer program that kept girls and boys off city streets and in the classroom.