In the two plus busy years since we formed TentED, what started as a back-of-the-envelope idea by three Army veterans in response to the Syrian refugee crisis has grown into a successful initiative raising over $50,000, funding more than 15 small-scale educational projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and making a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of children displaced by war.
Now, it is with great pleasure that I announce the official launch of TentED as its own (pending) 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization aimed at advancing education for children displaced by war. As of today, our web site TentED.org is live. Please visit to learn more about what we are doing to educate children in Iraqi Kurdistan who have escaped war, and to find out how you can help – like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and consider making a donation.
Thanks to the steady commitment of a growing cadre of supporters in the United States and the KRI who have generously contributed their time, talent, and hard-earned dollars, TentED is already on a strong footing. We also owe a great debt to our friends at EPIC (Education for Peace In Iraq Center), which served as our nonprofit home from day one. Under the leadership of Erik Gustafson, EPIC adopted TentED as an organic program and provided us with the support necessary to take flight and flourish. We hope you will continue to support EPIC as we look forward to collaborating on new projects with them.
As we continue our programming, you can expect three things from us:
Mission focus: Our mission is to advance education for children displaced by war. We will accomplish this by partnering with on-the-ground organizations and local community leaders.
Small-scale approach: We aim to stay lean and efficient. As a volunteer-led organization with extremely low overhead, we will invest responsibly and with great effect.
Clear Communication: We will communicate our shortcomings as clearly as we highlight our successes. We will not always play it safe. We would rather fail while being creative and innovative than avoid all operational risk and never falter. If any of our future investments fall short of producing the desired outcome, we will take responsibility and learn from any mistakes. We owe that to you and to those we serve.
We move forward with gratitude for those who have stood with us and compassion toward those we aspire to serve — children affected by war. May our deeds bring a measure of solace to their lives, and may those who have only known the privilege of peace never taste the wrath of war.