CRISIS: Help Syrian Refugee Children NOW
According to the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there are over 4.7 million registered Syrian refugees; more than half are under the age of 18. Over one million children have been forced from their homes. The nightmare of living in a war zone becomes even more intense when the stress of fleeing to a refugee camp follows. Many of these youth suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Left untreated, children suffering from PTSD may experience flashbacks, emotional instability, aggressive behavior, nightmares, isolation, and poor academic achievement.
GreaterGood.org partner, Project Amal ou Salam (“Hope and Peace”), offers emotional support to traumatized young Syrian refugees by facilitating workshops that are conducted in safe, nurturing environments. The workshops include art and music therapy, photography, sports, and team/trust-building. Providing a safe space for the psychosocial development of Syria’s children is critical in the rebuilding and reconciliation process – and unlike direct aid, the effects of these workshops are sustainable.
For those who have done nothing wrong, nothing to deserve having everything taken from them and living through such tragedy, for those who are still children—hope is the greatest gift. Project Amal ou Salam does an amazing job providing hope. You can be instrumental in delivering this hope.
Please help. Each $15.00 donation provides the tools needed to help a traumatized child from Syria heal. Click here to help the innocent children of Syria.
by Jim Kober, January 30, 2017