Helping The Children Of Zaatari Refugee Camp Jordan
Organized by: Sumayah Basal
Action was taken; Update:
April 18, 2016
Who Am I?
My name is Sumayah Basal, and I am 13 years. I go to an IB school, and I currently have a community project, as every IB school does. My job, indefinitely, was to make a project about something I was passionate about. And indeed that is what I did. They told us to do something small, nothing to ambitious. And indeed I didn’t listen. How can I do something small? How can I think small, when I have the knowledge that there are people who are starving, people who's homes have been destroyed, people who are displaced from their homeland? How could I live with this knowledge and not try to make a difference?
What I am doing:
For my IB community project, I will be visiting the Za’atari Camp of Jordan with members of the Jordanian Media. Throughout the trip I will record my visit on a body cam and once the trip has been completed I will write an article in hopes of raising awareness to this particular issue. On a separate trip, I will be delivering much needed supplies to the children. I aim to bring the children who make up more than 58% of the 79,357 inhabitants of this camp, simple yet important items; diapers, soccer/footballs, jump ropes, barbies, and school supplies e.g pencils, sharpeners, paper, and erasers. With the money I raise I will buy the following items and donate them to the camp. In this process I hope to ease some of the haunting pasts the children have, and give a little of their childhood back.
Why am I doing it:
I believe that no matter the race, ethnicity, culture, beliefs & financial status, every individual deserves a right to express themselves and to have a childhood worth living. Many children in this camp have experienced traumatizing events that are not easily forgotten; they have no toys or means of learning. This is a huge problem. With small changes such as bringing; school supplies and toys, children can once again begin to live their childhood and receive a simple education that they need. Approx. 48.4 % of the children in the camp are not enrolled in school, 38.6 % aren’t receiving any form of education formal or informal, and 28.3 % have never received any form of education in their lives. Many children dream to grow up to be engineers, doctors, teachers in hopes of one day restoring Syria. I alone am 1 person, I can’t make the biggest or the greatest change, yet a small change is better than no change. With your help and support, you can bring a smile to the children of Za’atari Camp. Please join me, by donating generously! I strongly believe in this cause, it is one worth fighting for. Make a change with me, help me give childhood back to the children who’s homes no longer exist. Help the dreams of the children become closer to reality. Think of how these children have nothing, they have no home, they don't know when their next meal will be, they have no idea what future they will have, the only have hope. Help them believe that their hope isn't misplaced. Help them believe that there is hope and to never to lose it. What has happened to this country, these children, can happen to anyone.
Quotes From Articles and People:
“I don’t care about my future, I only care about the future of my children. I don’t care about anything other than their education. I had no education so it is too late for me, but it is not too late for them. I want to encourage them to study. I want my children to have a better life than the one I had.” Says; Abu Amar.
“Children often say that they want to become engineers, lawyers, carpenters among other industrious careers in order to ‘rebuild Syria’. - -the refugees’ longing for return shows no sign of abating.” soon, we can go back to a Syria at peace so that my children can grow up in their home country."
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