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Using art to create a brighter future for Syrian children - Unicef UK Blog. Amal* painting at her Unicef-supported art classes.

Using art to create a brighter future for Syrian children - Unicef UK Blog

Amal* still has nightmares about the bombs in Syria every night. In her nightmares she often dreams that armed men are chasing her family and she wakes up crying most mornings. Life Through the Lens of Syria’s Uprooted Teens. “To Whom It May Concern”: These words I read every day on my UNHCR asylum seeker certificate.

Life Through the Lens of Syria’s Uprooted Teens

I’m a Syrian child. The only thing I hope in the world is to wake up from this terrible nightmare and to return to my friends, to return to my life, to my home before this war. And if the time goes back, I just want to play with the people who lost their lives, and I will ask them to leave Syria. I never thought that I would live in a tent, but that’s alright. I never thought I would not listen to my English teacher, who I love so much in Syria, but that’s alright. Violence and child marriage: The many risks refugee girls face. Girls in many places in the world face challenges from the day they are born.

Violence and child marriage: The many risks refugee girls face

They struggle to get access to education and financial opportunities, and are often vulnerable to abuse. Refugee girls — or girls who’ve been displaced in their own country — face particular challenges. Domestic violence, rape and early marriage are all very real risks for refugee girls. Addressing the unique needs of girls is a part of Mercy Corps' response to humanitarian crises. When adolescent girls gain confidence, have access to school, and receive emotional support, they can break the cycle of poverty, early marriage and social isolation.

But reaching refugee girls can be difficult. Zaatari camp image. School girls image. Electricity. Champs elysees. Education in the Second Largest Refugee Camp in the World. UNICEF report highlights Syrian children’s struggles to continue their education “I have told other girls my age that they should go to school in the camp, otherwise they will lose a year.

Education in the Second Largest Refugee Camp in the World

Some have registered at the school, but they are not going to class anymore. They tell me that they will go back to school when they return to Syria. But I say: What if we stay here for a long time? You would be wasting your life. The Benefits of Education. The most effective investment for achieving long-term health benefits is educating girls and women.

The Benefits of Education

Girls' education is often the single most powerful factor affecting health outcomes such as infant mortality, maternal mortality, the propensity of mothers to seek modern birth options, the availability of those options because more and better trained birth attendants are available, the rate of risky teenage births, and the number of children she will have. Each extra year of a mother's schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%. (EFA GMR, UNESCO, p. 17) A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past age 5. (EFA GMR, UNESCO, p. 17) In sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 1.8 million children's lives could be saved if their mothers had at least secondary education. The Secret Gardens of Syria's Refugee Camps. The Malala Fund. Shattered Lives June10. Omran's story: Soccer is a comfort from home. Omran, his father Hasan and little sister Naba sit on the "garden patio" they made between their caravans to recreate a little bit of home.

Omran's story: Soccer is a comfort from home

The 10-year-old likes to help his father with the odd construction jobs he finds. Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Omran (right) loves playing soccer with his friends because it reminds him of home. Mercy Corps' sports program helps kids find focus and relief after trauma. Sandcastles bring happiness to Syrian kids. Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Last spring, one of the children’s facilities we've built at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp was set to be covered with concrete when Mercy Corps Project Manager Hazem Salman had the idea to put the desert sand to creative use in the hands of the children.

Sandcastles bring happiness to Syrian kids

Five months later, hundreds of kids continue to build castles, tunnels and fortresses with focus and determination. The children love the activity so much that the our team hopes to hold a sandcastle-building contest for the avid young architects in the near future. Camp for Syrian refugees starts to look more like home. At the new Safeway store in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, the Syrian cashiers wear bright blue tabards that read "here to help you".

Camp for Syrian refugees starts to look more like home

Buying groceries at this supermarket is giving refugees here a taste of normal life. Families push shiny new shopping trolleys as they walk up and down aisles stacked high with food. "We opened in January and offer a special service for the refugees," says Nahed al-Abed, Safeway's operations manager in Jordan. "Customers are happy with the prices and variety. They can find everything under one roof. " UNICEF Access to Education in Zaatari. The Challenge of Education. Education Youth UNHCR June 2015. Factsheet Zaatari UNHCR August 2015. He Named Me Malala Official Trailer 1 (2015) - Documentary HD. Humanitarian Response. Child Protection Since the beginning of the response Save the Children has prioritized support to child protection- through the establishment of Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the camps and in urban areas.

Humanitarian Response

We have set-up numerous safe areas for Syrian children to meet, play, and talk through their experiences as well as Youth Friendly Spaces (YFS) in Zaatari camp. Save the Children is supporting distressed children who need special care after experiencing extreme levels of violence in Syria. We provide access to quality child protection services that protect children from physical and psychosocial harm and promote their cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing. We are training teachers, social workers, local community volunteers and parents to identify and help affected Syrian children and youth in the aftermath of the violence they have witnessed.

Education Basic Education (6-14 years old): enhance a physical learning environment as well as education infrastructure. Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids. At the child-friendly spaces we've built in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, Syrian kids enjoy guided activities like storytelling, crafts and games.

Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids

Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Playgrounds and shared spaces in the camps help create a support system for both kids and parents. Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps Boys write and draw in their Comfort for Kids workbooks. The program in Lebanon gives kids, many of whom are no longer in school, the opportunity to express themselves and process trauma. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps The Moving Forward activities we're leading with children in Lebanon help build team work and self-esteem. Children who have escaped Syria still carry the emotional scars of war, and now face new struggles as refugees. Rights overview. Meet the Malala of Syria. Muzoon Almellehan is trying to convince parents to let their girls stay in school rather than marrying them off as child brides. Fifty miles from the border with Syria, 16-year-old Muzoon Almellehan treads the dusty paths to her school, a sprawl of mural-covered buildings surrounded by chain link fence in the desert expanse of Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp.

The 11th-grader is currently furious because two young classmates in her science program have dropped out to get married. Now only five girls are left. “I try to tell them, but they didn’t listen,” she says. “They don’t see the negative effects, but there is no reason for early marriage here.” In her community of war survivors, Muzoon has been dubbed the Malala of Syria.

Refugee-Education-and-Peacebuilding. Jordan - Students promote learning in Za'atari Camp, Jordan. By Toby Fricker The school year is starting, in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. Fourteen-year-old Mozoun is among 30 children on a mission to get their peers back to school. ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 12 September 2013 – A group of young girls are striding out of the school gates with a purpose. The new school year is starting, and they’re on a mission to get their peers back to school. After winter break and heavy rains, back to school at Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. By Toby Fricker ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 28 February – It’s back to school for thousands of Syrian children at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. “I am more than happy to return to school and study. I love my teachers, my classes – and I really love my studies and the girls in my class,” said Arwa, a Syrian refugee child at the camp, with a joyful smile, on her return to school.

Makanibrief. Education for refugees can help save Syria's lost generation. With the world’s focus firmly on the European response to the refugee crisis in recent weeks, attention has been diverted away from the humanitarian needs of the Middle East itself. Only a minority of refugees have fled to Europe, with the majority of Syrians travelling across neighbouring borders to Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. These movements of people have placed considerable pressure on already stretched public services, and children – one of the most vulnerable groups – are being severely affected. Hundreds of thousands of them are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused and exploited – and for the vast majority, they have no access to education.

A significant proportion of the 13m children reported by UNICEF as deprived of an education in the Middle East, are from Syria. Childfriendlycrc. Refugees Daily. Syrian refugees find normalcy in football Publisher: Al Jazeera EnglishStory date: 29/06/2014Language: English Amman, Jordan – "Maybe you've heard about landmines, small bombs.

These are very dangerous," Saleh Shloon, a football coach, said as he stood before a few dozen girls at a school in Kitim, a village in northern Jordan. He held up a series of posters, at times struggling to unfurl them, with pictures of mines in different shapes and colours. Some girls watched Shloon. Others' eyes wandered towards the clear blue sky or the concrete walls of their school. They had just finished 10 minutes of football drills with Shloon and other coaches on a battered concrete pitch where two netless basketball hoops with backboards of cracked wood stood like dead trees. An hour of football with trained local coaches, "hopefully ... sparks a relationship of trust and respect between the coach and the young players, and then they'll sit and focus" on mines, Lee added.

A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 15 Six months on. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 14: Boiling over. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 13: A home, at last. A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 12 The human touch. A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 11 Just another day. A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 10 Out of the darkness. A Day in the Life: Zaatari - Episode 9: Preparation is everythingA Day in the Life: Zaatari - Episod. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 8: Coping mechanisms. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 7: The trouble with kids. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 6: Complications. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 5: Medicine on the move. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 4: Caravan chaos. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 3: Desperate for a home. A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 2: Theft or privatization?

A Day in the Life: Za'atari - Episode 1: Welcome to Za'atari. Art with Syrian Refugees: The Za’atari Project. Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan, 2013. This piece was created in collaboration with Syrian refugee children, and explores the importance of water conservation, especially for those who suddenly find themselves stranded in a desert. Project partners: AptART, ACTED, UNICEF. Za’atari refugee camp (photo by Max Frieder) As the Syrian War rages on, desperate civilians continue to pour across the borders into neighboring countries.

What You Need to Know: Conflict in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis. Syria crisis: Fast facts 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance.14.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria; half are children.2 Read an open letter from Syrian children.Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; about 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.3Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis. Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 13, 2013; it was updated on October 7, 2015 to reflect the latest information. Syria's refugees: Girls use photography to document life in the Zaatari camp. WomenOne.

The Women of Zaatari Refugee Camp. The camp's main commercial street—nicknamed Champs-Élysées by aid workers, although most Syrians simply call it "the market street"—extends for several miles. It's a testament to the determination and work ethic of many refugees who want to do more than subsist on handouts. The bustling thoroughfare is crammed with trailers that have been converted into stores selling everything from home appliances to makeup to sandwiches, as well as makeshift stalls that hawk cigarettes, candy, and other trinkets.

There are also beauty salons, including one owned by a 20-year-old woman who has been in Zaatari with her husband and 2-year-old son, Odai, for seven months. She declined to give her real name, fearing for the safety of her relatives who remain in Syria, and opted to use a nickname: Em Odai, which means "mother of Odai.

" "I can't sit at home," she says. Em Odai and her family are from Syria's capital, Damascus. Melissa Fleming: How to help refugees rebuild their world. WHAT’S IN MY BAG? — Uprooted IRC. What refugees bring when they run for their lives This year, nearly 100,000 men, women and children from war-torn countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have fled their homes and traveled by rubber dinghies across the Aegean Sea to Lesbos, Greece. Refugees travel light, for their trek is as dangerous as it is arduous. They are detained, shot at, hungry.

Teachers Without Borders. Malala Turns 18, And Opens A School For Syrian Refugee Girls. Malala Yousafzai celebrated her birthday and the opening of a new school with "brave and inspiring girls of Syria" in Lebanon on Sunday. Malala of Syria: The inspiring tale of one girl's fight. She's studying English, she says, and taking a computer course. Humans of New York. Za'atari Project - Voices of the Children. Inside The Syrian Refugee Camp The Size Of A Small City.

The Zaatari Refugee Camp — LIVED. As an attempt to have the camp organized as a city, Zaatari was divided into 12 districts, with representatives chosen from each district. Leadership in the camp remains an issue with the presence of gang leaders, which is why UNHCR is hoping to have traditional Syrian leaders who were previously involved in their communities stepping up as positive leaders in the districts. The oldest part of the camp, Districts 1 and 2, is surnamed the ‘Old City’, and whilst it benefits from close access to services such as schools and hospitals, it is one of the highest densely populated area of Zaatari refugee camp. UNHCR is trying as much as possible to regroup refugees from the same previous Syrian communities into the same district, as an attempt to foster a sense of community within each district. The camp’s expansion and organization has been beneficial to many refugees, with the implementation of a taxi system, shopping streets, etc.