International Rescue Committee (IRC)

School Days: A lifeline for Syria’s young minds

For Syrian children who have been uprooted by war, school is essential.
 
Classrooms provide children with a safe space to recover from trauma, develop bonds with other children, exercise their imaginations and build a foundation of learning that will help to heal and strengthen their families and communities into the future.

Photos by Peter Biro/IRC
 
Syrian children sit on the ground in Domiz refugee camp, northern Iraq
 
Children at the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, home to some 40,000 Syrian Kurds, where the IRC is building a secondary school.
 
 
Children in a tent classroom in a 

camp in Syria for displaced families
 
Inside Syria, the IRC has established schools in three camps where thousands of families have taken refuge from the fighting.  Some 1,500 children are now enrolled.
 
 
A girl plays jumprope in a camp for 

displaced families in Syria
 
Morning classes follow the Syrian curriculum and include instruction in mathematics, science, Arabic, social studies, English and religion. Afternoons are devoted to sports, music and art.
 
 
A Syrian child's colorful drawing 

of homes, trees and mountains
 
The IRC provides each student with a school kit including a backpack, pens, colored pencils, notebooks and other items. Deliveries of paper are sometimes delayed by the fighting.
 
 
Two girls play in a camp for 

displaced families inside Syria
Three out of four Syrian children have lost a close friend or family member in the war.
 
 
A Syrian girl holds a younger child 

in a refugee camp in northern Iraq
 
Some 2 million Syrian children are in need of assistance.
 
 
A Syrian woman embraces her 

children in a refugee camp in northern 

Iraq

Facing shortages of essential supplies and an uncertain future, many families are struggling with high levels of stress. The IRC is developing support groups for mothers.
 
 
Syrian girls 

raise their hands in a tnet classroom in 

camp inside Syria
 
Last winter in Syria, as temperatures dropped and fuel supplies ran low, schoolbooks and desks were burned for heat. The IRC is printing new copies of Syrian textbooks for distribution in the camps.
 
 
An IRC staff member 

works with a boy with special needs at a 

camp inside Syria
 
Children with special needs are particularly vulnerable. At the request of concerned parents, the IRC is providing small afternoon sessions for children with special needs in three camps, encouraging them to socialize and play.
 
 
Portrait of a Syrian girl
 
Before the war broke out, more than 90 percent of Syrian children were enrolled in school.
 
 
A child's drawing of the Syrian 

flag in the form of a heart
 
In Jordan, where hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have sought safety, the IRC is helping to reunite unaccompanied children with their families.
 
A woman holds a 

newborn baby inside a tent at a camp for 

displaced Syrians
 
To help protect the health and well-being of the very youngest, the IRC provides prenatal care and other medical support for mothers.
 

How to Help


Your donation will help provide schooling, medical care, emergency supplies and other critical aid to Syrian children and their families. 

 

31 comments

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God bless the donors and give

God bless the donors and give then plenty to keep supporting towards this nobel course.

how can I help volunteer to

how can I help volunteer to saving this children? I am even ready to join you to go down to the war torn areas of Homs and others to rescue children

Dear Ojo, Many thanks for

Dear Ojo, Many thanks for your interest in volunteering to assist Syrian children. The IRC doesn't send volunteers to Syria or our other international programs. However, you can learn about IRC job opportunities in the region at http://www.rescue.org/careers and volunteer opportunities in the United States at http://www.rescue.org/volunteer. Many thanks again.

GOD BLESS MY SON

GOD BLESS MY SON

We are all one. I pray that

We are all one. I pray that the Lord God will bless and keep each and every one of you, and that he will heal our broken spirits.

The IRC is a wonderful

The IRC is a wonderful organization. The work they do on daily basis it's not only humanitarian, but they do it out of love for refugees all over the World. My oldest son is a proud employee of this organization. God bless you!

Thanks to Peter Biro for this

Thanks to Peter Biro for this extraordinary reminder of how well we know these children, and that what has happened to them -- and not to us -- is not because of some difference between us, but in spite of our being the same.

i want to volunteer as

i want to volunteer as anaesthetist and serve the syria people who may want my services.

Dear Clement, Thank you very

Dear Clement, Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with the International Rescue Committee. Our volunteers play an integral role in the IRC's efforts to restore safety, dignity, and hope to people whose lives have been uprooted by war and disaster. We do not currently send volunteers to our international programs, but you can learn more about volunteer opportunities with refugees in the United States at http://www.rescue.org/volunteer. Thanks again, All of us at the IRC

Bless you for these programs!

Bless you for these programs! The crisis could be stopped if only Washington, London, Jordan, Turkey and Qatar would stop financing this War or providing weapons to mercenaries. Syrian children are victims of geo-politics gone totally haywire. I could use stronger language. It's a human tragedy.

Bless all helping those in

Bless all helping those in crisis.

The Syrian children must be

The Syrian children must be given the requisite support for them to grow in love and security. If not how can they rebuild their shattered Lives. Give them all the support they need. I GIVE MY UNFLINCHING LOVE AND SOLIDARITY

My prayers to all those who

My prayers to all those who are suffering in Syria and around the world where these crises are experienced.

We must pray and HELP Syria.

We must pray and HELP Syria. The future of Syria are young dying of hunger, being tormented by war, gunshots and bomb blasts and whose rights to parenthood, education and happiness being denied. Where are our Muslim leaders?

yeah these pictures are so

yeah these pictures are so inspiring. Makes me wish I could just fly there straight away and make some soup for everyone. Any jobs going? Anyway, all the best for the mamas and the babes there. Its good to see some love around. Love.

Hello, Jachi. Thank you for

Hello, Jachi. Thank you for your kind words and your interest in working with the IRC. Please visit our website at http://www.Rescue.org/Jobs for available job opportunities. All the best.

Thank you for doing this much

Thank you for doing this much needed work for these lovely people. Lee Loe, Grandmother for Peace

All I can say is, Thank you

All I can say is, Thank you for sharing these images and this message. And thank you for the work IRC is doing in Syria. Of course our family appreciates and supports IRC - we cannot go to Syria ourselves.

I wish I had some money to

I wish I had some money to give you guys!

These beautiful pictures make

These beautiful pictures make a difference.

It is very moving to see the

It is very moving to see the children and mothers and teachers struggling with their situation. I pray for them aznd wish them the very best.

It is very moving to see the

It is very moving to see the children and mothers and teachers struggling with their situation. I pray for them aznd wish them the very best.

So many children and young

So many children and young families at risk! Please help them. Your photo essay is exceptionally moving. Our world is hurting so. So many organizations now ask for support; I wish I could provide more... Thank you for your work. I'll spread the word.

In 1960 when I was travelling

In 1960 when I was travelling around the wolrd on a shoe string budget I met with kindness and hospitality from the Syrian people.

I have just looked at the

I have just looked at the photos fr. Syria, and they are both very moving some some lovely photos. Nick Royal Santa Cruz, CA

The moving photos are a

The moving photos are a strong reminder that these people are our friends, and deserving of our support. I prefer to support them than bombs.

THANK YOU for this beautiful

THANK YOU for this beautiful and very moving photo essay on the Syrian tragedy and the displacement it has caused. Blessings on your work.

Thank you for sending these

Thank you for sending these very touching pictures of the children. Their plight continues to be the uppermost issue in my mind and heart, and I wasn't sure what I could do that would be of any help. I will try to by a monthly donor with my 'widow's mite'. And I am wondering about volunteers: what are the criteria for volunteer work? what kinds of volunteers are needed? which groups are sending volunteers to these refugee comp? I am a licensed practical nurse, 74 years old and in good health and of a reasonably sound mind.

Dear Rita, Many thanks for

Dear Rita, Many thanks for your interest in supporting the IRC's work with Syrian children and their families. The IRC does not send volunteers to international programs; however, if you are in the United States, we have 22 refugee resettlement offices across the country, each offering a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. You can learn more at http://www.rescue.org/volunteer. If you'd like assistance in making a monthly gift, feel free to contact our donor services manager at DonorServices@Rescue.org. Our deepest thanks for your support!

This information is hard to

This information is hard to figure out.. I intend to donate but how? Virginia Holmes

Dear Virginia, Thank you very

Dear Virginia, Thank you very much for your interest in supporting the work of the IRC. We're sorry to hear you are having trouble with the donation form -- our donor services manager will be in touch by email soon to help you make your gift. Our deepest thanks!

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