With the holiday season upon us, we are launching our now-annual holiday fundraising drive. Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 by January 1. We want to ring in 2018 with enough funds to implement the kind of fast, responsive, and targeted programs that helped us to educate hundreds of conflict-displaced boys and girls in Iraq in 2017.
By teaming up with effective on-the-ground organizations, we can leverage our funds to fill in critical programming gaps, make key staffing hires, and provide refugee children with needed support and services. What does this mean in human terms?
In Erbil, that meant that 48 displaced children received school supplies, went on a field trip and had part of their school transportation costs defrayed.
In Shariyah, it meant a Child Friendly Space program for over 100 children that ultimately lasted for two months.
In Soran, it meant delivering classrooms to camps, recreational activities and computer and English classes for more than 150 refugee children.
No child should endure the burden of war, yet far too many children in far too many places do. We don’t have to accept this human failing with stoic resignation. It’s not a coincidence that our organization was launched by three combat veterans. It is our experience in war that compels us to act. It is said that only the dead have seen the end of war, but those of us living can reaffirm our shared humanity by shielding those most vulnerable—children—from its ugly consequences. That is the essence of our mission.
As another year comes to an end, please support TentED and help us to advance education for children displaced by war.