Refugee kids in the Middle East have seen and experienced things no one should, much less children.
Lack of access to education makes things worse. According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than half of refugee children missed school last year. When humanitarian organizations ask refugee parents about their biggest needs, they consistently say they need schools for their children.
Rawan Haddad with Tent Schools International says, “Without an option for education, these children and families are left to sit at home, broken and discouraged, becoming more deeply entrenched in the suffering brought on by ISIS. As refugee children have come to Lebanon or Jordan with several different emotional, spiritual, and physical traumas, they are in danger of growing deeper in them.”
Tent Schools International is meeting both of these needs by providing and promoting “schools that heal.” But what does that mean?
Haddad explains, “‘Schools that heal’ means creating healthy spiritual atmospheres that are emotionally healing next to education…. It’s healing for the pain, confusion, and the loss of family and friends; healing for the sense of hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide among young people struggling to understand what happened to them; healing from never trusting anyone to open up.”
It’s no surprise many kids in refugee camps have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This makes it difficult for them to trust others — whether they are strangers or authority figures — which makes life in the classroom very difficult.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Tent School educators to be spiritually encouraged in their ministry.
- Ask the Lord to protect refugees facing frigid winter conditions in the camps.
- Pray for refugee kids to find healing, hope, and love in their Heavenly Father.