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Syrian crisis

Helping Syrian children cope and heal after crisis

The Bezos Family Foundation along with the International Rescue Committee and Global Nomads Group launched the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge which will help Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Iraq recover from crisis.

The challenge is a call to action for students worldwide to make and mail in pinwheels - a symbol of heartfelt wishes of healing and recovery from around the world. The Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2—up to $400,000—to the IRC’s Healing Classrooms program for every pinwheel received.

"At a time of such upheaval right across the Middle East, with millions of children forced to flee a lawless and terrifying conflict, the IRC is honored to be working with the Bezos Family Foundation to bring some semblance of peace, normality and learning to displaced children through our Healing Classrooms program," said IRC president David Miliband in a Sep. 21 statement.

The program trains teachers in special techniques to engage conflict-affected children with social-emotional learning opportunities and to create secure, nurturing learning environments.

Since the civil war began, nearly 11 million Syrians have fled their homes with more than four million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries. Nearly six million Syrian children have been affected by their country’s civil war.

Learn more about how you can get involved.