In Syria, young Palestine refugee students have been especially vulnerable to the effects of the war. Children have been uprooted from their homes, and hundreds of thousands have been traumatized and are in need of psychosocial support. To respond to these students’ needs, UNRWA has set-up eight safe learning spaces and 22 recreational playgrounds in communities and shelters. These safe spaces provide children with a protected environment to continue with their learning and enage in recreational activities, building their social skills and contributing to their overall well-being and resilience.
Your Gift of Love can help ensure that children traumatized by war and conflict, have the support they need to learn, dream, and thrive.
“When the fighting increased and the sound of explosions filled the silence of the ghost town that Yarmouk became, we decided it was time to leave,” recalls Abir, a mother of two children, Mohammed and Zeina. “We no longer felt safe; our children were at risk. We had no choice but to leave.”
Abir's love for her children motivated her search for a safe space for them to learn and thrive. "I strongly believe that an uneducated child has no future and no hope." She found such a place for her children at the UNRWA collective shelter at the Damacus Training Centre. As part of the UNRWA Education in Emergencies Programme, children have a safe space to learn. Importantly, they also have access to psychosocial counsellors to help them deal with the trauma of conflict and displacement. For Abir, her happiness comes from knowing that Mohammad and Zeina are now comfortable and have made new friends: "This is the closest I can offer them to a normal life, I’m very grateful."
Your Gift of Love helps parents, like Abir, access the services they need to allow their children to learn, dream, and thrive.