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Zaatari Camp Library Project

Organized by: Jackie Jenkins

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THE STORY:

 

GRIT.

We talk about it a lot as educators and parents but today I really saw what it is, what it means to dig deep and push on with a smile on your face and a belief in a better tomorrow even when faced with war on your doorstep and trauma in your past.

I have been waiting to go to the camps with Rob since I arrived and today I had the privilege of meeting some of the most outstanding and dedicated people who work for UNICEF and other NGOs daily serving families in need. I was in awe of their commitment and passion for working for what is good and right in the world.

We went to see water sanitation facilities and delivery trucks, which was fascinating, but we also went to see some of the schools...which of course was perfect for me. I was in my element the minute we walked through the gates. While Rob went to look at the status of classroom desks, play space construction and water in the latrines, I wanted to see some kids. I met two incredible principals of the girls section of school (girls go in the morning, boys in the afternoon). They told me that the Ministry of Education has done an excellent job at getting them all the teaching materials they need and that the school was in good condition. But class sizes are a problem...and so we began to walk.....

Grade 2 had more than 100 students in a classroom . Girls sit three to a bench with the overflow sitting on the floor. When I walked in, they burst into a song, which I am sure I was meant to stand and smile at...but you know me, I can't help myself around small people so I just started dancing all over the place, up the aisles and in the front...there was much laughter about that! Kids, they are the same everywhere...but these ones just deserve a whole lot better after what they have been through.

From there, I met the most incredible woman, Iman. She singlehandedly built a Library in one of the containers, she painted it, collected wood to build shelves and is now looking for books. She spoke good enough English for me to understand her dreams and passion and for me to tell her "it is women like you who will change the world. You already are." And then....she cried, I cried...and I promised her I would fill that room with books, Arabic and English.

So I am now on a mission. If she can do that, and they can teach 100 students in a classroom without a complaint after walking out of their country affected by war, I can help her fill a Library with books.

Please join me in making this Library come to life!  We have already provided hundreds of English language picture books and we would like to fill the remainder of the space with both Arabic and English fiction and non-fiction texts.
 

 

 

$2,972

 

149% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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  • Sawsan and Richard Thornley

    $100

  • JAM

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Robinson family

     

  • Peggy Herring

    $25

  • Diana Coulter

    $50

  • Sangeeta

    $100

  • Luca and Marco Pang

    $50

  • Susan Scullin

     

  • Ayesha & Cameron

    $50

  • Marcia Ward

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Gulay & Sean Powell

    $50

  • Nadine Mirchandani

    $500

  • The McEvoys

    $100

  • Anne Dohna

    $100

  • Powersmith Family

    $150

  • Sandrine and Kevin Girard

    $100

  • Dom & Ivan, from Belgium

    $30

  • Margie and Alexis

    $50

  • Shauna Pollock and Matt Salvatore

    $140

  • Brenna McNeil

    $50

  • Erin and Billy Hunter

    $50

  • From Mozambique.

    $100

  • Mum & Dad

    $200

  • Carleton Heights Public School

    $572.31

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Organized by

Jackie Jenkins

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Carleton Heights Public School

Carleton Heights Public School

DONATION: $572.31

We are excited to help you create this library! Our Me to We group worked hard this year through bake sales, candygram sales and jewelry sales to help you raise money. 2 years ago

Mum & Dad

Mum & Dad

DONATION: $200

Another great idea Jackie! Looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of the children. 3 years ago

From Mozambique.

From Mozambique.

DONATION: $100

May these kids be blessed and make a difference in the world. 3 years ago

Erin and Billy Hunter

Erin and Billy Hunter

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Brenna McNeil

Brenna McNeil

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Shauna Pollock and Matt Salvatore

Shauna Pollock and Matt Salvatore

DONATION: $140

I am in love with this project! When I saw it was ALMOST fully funded, I HAD to top it up! So very exciting! Good luck. Let us know how else we can help in Canada! 3 years ago

Margie and Alexis

Margie and Alexis

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Dom & Ivan, from Belgium

Dom & Ivan, from Belgium

DONATION: $30

Great project! Proud and happy to support :-))) 3 years ago

Sandrine and Kevin Girard

Sandrine and Kevin Girard

DONATION: $100

I hope it can make a difference :) 3 years ago

Powersmith Family

Powersmith Family

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

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