In honoring the World Interfaith Harmony Week, URI MENA Office provides hope to children of Syrian refuges by providing them with a Portable Classroom.
URI MENA Office in cooperation with Fundacja Społecznie Bezpieczni, Poland provide a random Syria refugees camp with a portable classroom and school stationary. The portable classroom which was donated by Fundacja Społecznie Bezpieczni was arranged with necessary furniture (tables, chairs, whiteboard, decoration stuff, footballs …etc.) to be used as a small school for children. All the children we met have never been in school, the older ones (4-11 years old) fled with their families about five years ago from the violence in Syria.
The younger ones were born in this random refugee camp. Words cannot describe how happy were the children; smiles have never left their faces. URI Regional Coordinator delivered a small speech about the WIHW and the important of school and education in building our future. Also, he shared the translation of the below message from Fundacja Społecznie Bezpieczni to children and their families: “Dear Brothers and Sisters We, the people of Gdansk, live in a country which suffered once from similar disaster as you. Our fathers had to run from they own land that is why we know, that there is no words which can describe your tragedy. Even if we are divided by thousands of kilometers, we are very similar. We are, just like you, fathers and mothers, and just like you, we want to our children have better life. Because we are normal, ordinary people, we don’t have any impact on big politics and international issues. But what we can do, is to help you as much as we can. Today we want to give you this mobile school, so at least your children could start better future. We believe that one day you will have chance to go back to your own country, to reclaim your own land, so you could rebuild again your homes and create safe world for you and your families. Years ago our fathers did it. You will do it as well. Let the God have mercy on you Citizens of Gdansk” URI folks from Quested Peace CC and Mercy CC spent a pleasant time with more than 35 children, playing games, listening to their stories, providing advices…etc. Also, distributed clothes and blankets to families. We will keep in touch with this camp; we will check on their needs from time to time. Also, some URI members will volunteer to provide English language classes to these children.
URI MENA thanks its partner ” Fundacja Społecznie Bezpieczni” for its generous contribution to the success of this activity as they covered 90% of the cost of this event.