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Art with Syrian Refugees: The Za’atari Project

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. Since it opened a few years ago, the Za’atari Camp in northern Jordan has quickly become the world’s second-largest refugee camp with approximately 100,000 residents. There are few structured activities for youth in Za’atari to engage in, and many receive substandard education or do not go to school at all. This initiative emphasizes the participation of local artists with the goal of continuing this work in the future. Bringing color & life to the Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp Hygiene, sanitation and art workshop having fun painting and working with the kids.

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Football in the Za'atari refugee camp - UEFA Foundation Location and general information Refugee camp What we are doing The Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) and the UEFA Foundation for Children are helping people displaced by the conflict in Syria, particularly children and young people living in the Zaatari refugee camp. 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.

Life Through the Lens of Syria’s Uprooted Teens – PROOF “To Whom It May Concern”: These words I read every day on my UNHCR asylum seeker certificate. 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. Zaatari Documentary — LIVED Uprooted from their homeland in Syria and seeking "temporary" shelter in Jordan, the hope of displaced Syrian youth flourishes behind stories of grief and loss, but also of resiliency and humour. The personal and spontaneous stories recounted by youth in Learning to Swim shed light on the relationships, aspirations, challenges and determination of their day-to-day lives. Learning to Swim is the first documentary produced by LIVED as part of the ongoing Lived Zaatari Documentary Project. Filmed in May 2014, the documentary seeks to shed light on the everyday lived experiences of displaced Syrian youth in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, the village of Zaatari nearby, and Amman in Jordan. For ethical purposes and the safety of the participants of the documentary, we have made the difficult choice to refrain from making Learning to Swim universally accessible in a way that could potentially place participants in harm’s way.

Using art to create a brighter future for Syrian children - Unicef UK Blog Amal* painting at her Unicef-supported art classes. 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. But when Amal, 11, paints in her Unicef art class in Za’atari refugee camp she says it helps her forget about the bad things that happened in Syria.

Five stories of hope from Zaatari refugee camp Half of the 30,000 Syrian school-aged children in the camp are out of school. Four children and a teacher share how UNESCO’s project has given them new hope. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with War Child UK. How can technology improve the worst refugee crisis of our time? Last year, the United Nations Refugee Agency reported that the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons worldwide exceeded 50 million, the most since World War II. The majority of refugees coming from Afghanistan and Syria are fleeing war-torn communities, and are running toward neighboring countries, often facing extreme poverty and limited opportunities to rebuild their lives. Technology has the potential to ameliorate the service and information gap that impacts refugee lives. Al-Zaatari's 3G Zone In December 2014, I visited the Al-Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq on an IREX field visit to Jordan to understand the patterns of technology use in the country.

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. Five months later, hundreds of kids continue to build castles, tunnels and fortresses with focus and determination.

Vodafone 'Instant Classroom' is digital school in a box for refugees The Vodafone Foundation has unveiled a portable "Instant Classroom" that it hopes will give 15,000 child refugees across Africa access to tablet-based education. The digital school in a box, which has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can be set up in 20 minutes and can be used in classrooms where there is no electricity. The Foundation has partnered with UNHCR to bring the Instant Classroom to 12 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the next 12 months. Each Instant Classroom is shipped in a secure and robust case that weighs 52kg and comes equipped with a laptop, 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software, a projector, a speaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. The Classroom can be charged as a single unit from one power source in 6-8 hours, after which it can be used in a for an entire day without access to electricity.

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In Zaatari refugee camp, early marriage often trumps school Syrian girls return from an informal class in Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, Aug. 14, 2014. (photo by Mishelle Shmulovich) Author: Mishelle Shmulovich Posted August 22, 2014 MAFRAQ, Jordan — Rahaf still giggles when she talks about her husband. Newly married to another resident of Zaatari, the world’s largest Syrian refugee camp, the 16-year-old from Daraa carries a picture from their wedding day under her dress, “just above her heart,” she says. Summary⎙ Print Two-thirds of the school-age population at the Syrian refugee camp in Zaatari, Jordan, are receiving education, but many of those who are not are being pushed by their families into early marriage.

Child Friendly Spaces Research Collaboration Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) are used by humanitarian agencies to support and protect children in emergencies. Children are the most vulnerable group during conflict and in the aftermath of a disaster, both emotionally and physically. CFS provide young people with a safe place to play, participate in activities, learn about their rights to health and protection, and experience healing from trauma they’ve experienced. They also allow children to return to healthy routines and experience a sense of normalcy again. However, until recently there had been little research or evidence of the impact of CFS.