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Send Refugee Children to Kids Club

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THE STORY:

Kids Club launched its first program in 2015 after LSG staff recognized the lack of programs in place to help refugee children adjust to life in the United States. Forced from their homes and countries by violence and turmoil, refugee children have witnessed horrific atrocities and experienced circumstances and conditions that most of us can't fathom. Often they spend years in a refugee camp before arriving to the U.S. with few possessions. While there were programs in place to help adult family members, the children's specific and unique needs are often overlooked. Kids Club was developed as a way to help these children deal with the trauma of their past circumstances, their displacement and culture shock. This summer we plan to host four week-long sessions with 30 kids each week. The children participate in a wide range of educational, team building and therapeutic activities. Licensed therapists lead sessions in art therapy, grounded yoga therapy, adventure therapy and animal-assisted therapy. The kid will also have music and dance lessons, English language skill development, sports and physical activities, and arts and crafts. Each day we provide culturally appropriate breakfast, lunch and snacks and interpreters in eight different languages. We need your support to continue this program. While LSG receives federal funding to provide services for adult family members, no funds are given to help meet the needs of these children. The costs of transportation, food, licensed professional staff and supplies is tremendous. Please help us get these kids off to a great start in the United States. Please consider a gift at any level today!

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