This is a busy summer for TentED. Temperatures are sizzling in the region, which makes it a good time for children to move inside during the day to learn and play. We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Refuge Initiative (TRI), a division of World Orphans, to provide quality educational programs throughout June and July for over 150 refugee and host community children in Soran, Iraq.
Our partnership with TRI this summer has three components:
1. Play and Learn: Provides English and art lessons to children 9-12 years old. TentED funding covers bus transportation for children from four refugee “micro-villages” (small camps) so that they can join children of the same age from their host communities. This initiative returns kids to classrooms and brings communities together.
2. Classrooms to Camps: In cases where children, especially girls, cannot leave camp communities, we bring classes to them. Local teachers and American volunteers, recruited by TRI, travel to four refugee micro-villages to deliver English education and a respite from the boredom of camp life.
3. Adolescent Training: Supports youth education by providing computer and English classes at the TRI Community Center for refugee and local teenagers.
This three-pronged project in partnership with TRI is exciting because it goes beyond education and helps refugees integrate into the communities that absorb them, improving their lives and reducing social tension – a win-win outcome. This type of educational innovation would not be possible without your generosity.
The cost to fully fund this program is $14,278. Even a modest donation will immediately bring English classes to a girl in a camp, help a teen learn computer skills that will support future academic pursuits and a career, and keep a child off the streets during the summer months.
This is just one of several programs we are making happen this summer throughout Iraq. Over the next several weeks, look for more updates as we continue to work with outstanding partners to provide education for more children displaced by war.