Yasmine Hamdi wrote -
Imagine having everything you've ever known reduced to rubble... being forced to flee to a neighboring country for safety- only to be faced with a new set of difficulties. This is the life of millions of Syrians today. Most Syrian children can't remember a life without daily air raids and bombings.
I'm Yasmine, the 17 year old author of Spirit of the Wind. In July 2017, I'll be achieving one of my goals and travelling to Jordan to help the SyriaFund distribute necessities to refugee families and run school activities with refugee children. With those invaluable experiences and memories, I will be writing my second book on the Syrian civil war to raise awareness about its devastating effects.
During the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time, there are over 1.3 million refugees living in Jordan, but most of them aren't in UN camps. They are mainly living in urban areas under varying conditions. According to UNHCR, about 119,000 Syrians in Jordan are out of school. Every child deserves to go to school, and we can't let this war dictate their futures. Thankfully, there are hardworking and dedicated organizations like The Syria Fund. The Syria Fund's primary goal is providing the means to prevent a lost generation of children. The fund runs two schools in Jordan, with the sweetest children who love to learn. The schools allow refugee children to continue their education. The Syria Fund also runs music and art programs, including one called "Songs for Syrians", and distributes critically-needed supplies to families. The donations of people across the world make it possible for the schools to continue running and for hope to remain high.
How can you help?
Donate! It only takes a few minutes and everything helps. If you can't donate, please share this fundraiser. Together, we can make a difference.
Where will your money go?
100% of your donation will go to The Syria Fund, where they will buy and distribute much needed supplies:
-School supplies (a year's worth costs just $30)
-Hygiene kits, containing soap, shampoo, toothbrushes ($30)
-Teacher's monthly salary ($350)
-Food boxes ($35 buys one food box to supply a family with food for about a week. Food boxes contain: rice, lentils, tomato paste, tea, sugar, milk powder, etc.)
Everything donated is used! I will also keep you updated on how your donation has impacted a child or family with new photos on here and on social media (IG: @yasmine_hamdi)
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead