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Two young girls

Emergency response:

Children are the first priority

The Syrian refugee migration has been one of the most complex crises of our time. For five years, bombs and bullets have forced nearly 4.8 million Syrians, nearly half of them under the age of 18, to flee to safety. Children face scary risks during emergencies, and our role has been to team up with partners to reduce that risk and to improve children’s lives. Because of language barriers, resource shortages and other issues, one of the risks is the inability to access education. We’re working with partners in Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey to increase access to education by training teachers, helping reconstruct schools, providing psycho-social support to traumatized students, as well as distributing thousands of educational kits, toys for children, and emergency supplies. These projects are about collaboration, healing, education and integration. Arabic cultures and languages are incorporated in classes for instance. “I’m learning how to hold my pencil correctly,” said six-year-old Refah, a beneficiary in one program. “I like all games, but my favourites are the ones with Turkish and Arabic singing.”