In December, we raised slightly over $10,000 to finish 2016 on a strong note. Your generosity will allow us to continue supporting successful education initiatives for children displaced by war in Iraq—and hopefully, elsewhere.
As many of you know, I spend the majority of my time with my “day job” living and working in the Middle East (I manage TentED on a volunteer basis, helped by a cadre of incredibly talented individuals). Despite all the misery, despair, and cynicism that I frequently witness, I often feel a trace of hope, usually when I engage with those lonely courageous souls doing their best despite the bludgeoning of unforgiving circumstance.
Whether visiting overcrowded camps in Iraq where people of few means welcome me in their tents, sharing a tea with a Syrian refugee family packed in a small apartment in Lebanon where I was born, or listening to a Yazidi refugee express to me his unwavering determination to return to his historic home, I’m repeatedly reminded of the old adage: Though darkness fills the night, it cannot hide the light.
Indeed, 2016 was a strong year for us. I’m certain 2017 will even be better.