As the holiday season fast approaches, I’d like to share with you a short video from a recent site visit I made to one of our refugee education projects near Dohuk, Iraq. Over the summer, we teamed up once again with one of our favorite organizations, EDGE Institute, to provide 40 displaced Yazidi children with English classes and play activities that included games, art, music, and socializing.
I was particularly impressed with the atmosphere at the center. In one of the rooms, boys and girls were running about joking with one another, arguing dramatically, yelling, and laughing. In other words, they were being kids! In the other room, the children were stretched out on the floor and on couches writing stories in Arabic and Kurdish. (We’re working on translating their writing into English so we can share it with supporters like you).
Later in my visit, Zirak, EDGE’s project manager, pointed out two girls who had, at one point, lived in ISIS captivity before being rescued. Part of me wanted to talk to them, but I thought it best to give them space. Suffice it to say that I felt a profound sense of gratitude that we—you and I—are in a position to help, even in some small way, to right an unforgivable wrong.
In times of ubiquitous crises, it’s tempting to withdraw to the comfort of the familiar. Yet we must not forget that we also have a great opportunity to make a difference, to be involved, and to help right wrongs. People with lesser means, whose dreams are just as worthy as ours, are counting on us.
I hope you enjoy watching the video. You helped make it happen.