BENEFITING: Save the Children
This summer I am attending a Greek Theater workshop on the island of Hydra, Greece. I am filled with excitement, anticipation, and a sense of adventure. But as I prepare for this life-changing journey I cannot help but reflect on the fact that I am going to visit Greece to learn, explore, and relax, while others are fleeing to the same country (on what can only by the barest of definitions be called boats) to escape the worst possible circumstances.
I am extremely lucky. And chances are, if you are reading this, you too are extremely lucky. We worked for the things we have, and shape lovely lives for ourselves and our families. The only difference between us and those crossing to safer ground is location. I am a drama teacher. My students learn to make strong, bold choices, work as an ensemble, and use theater as a tool to communicate.
After our successful third grade Greek Theater unit, I shared with my students that I was going to Greece to study and explore. But I also told them the truth. That while the ruins of theater history's past await me, the ruins of present world circumstances do as well. And, since we just spent time celebrating Greece's past, I want also to acknowledge it's present by helping in anyway I can. Thankfully and unsurprisingly, they wanted to help too. Greece's resources are strained, running out, and this migration is far from over. Right now 40 percent of the population of refugees, both male and female, are under 11 years of age. There is no exact number on how many children drowned trying to make the voyage from Turkey to Greece, either with their parents or on their own. We are raising money for Save the Children's "Child Refugee Crisis Relief Fund".
"Just because it isn't happening here, doesn't mean it's not happening."
We hope you can support us in raising funds by donating, sharing our video, or even by starting your own fundraising campaign.