The #childrenofsyria are a generation at risk of losing everything. They want and need to go to school. To be protected. To be comforted.

These children need champions. These children need YOU to be their champion.


Because the children of Syria…
are the future of Syria.

Shakespeare in Za’atari

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Twelve-year-old Wiam has not been to school since her family fled Syria in January 2013. But she was one of 80 young refugees who recently staged “King Lear” at Za’atari camp in Jordan – exploring all-too-familiar themes of exile, bitter rivalry and human cruelty.

Wiam played Cordelia, the king’s youngest daughter, who pays a steep price for daring to tell him the truth. “I liked my role a lot,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve participated in a play – and we were successful. We can’t believe that we were successful!”

Orphaned by War

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Most of all, Hala misses her mother’s bedtime stories.

“I was playing outside when our house crumbled,” she says. “I saw people carrying my mom downstairs … She was in pieces. Her legs, her arms. They couldn’t find all of her.”

Hala was ten years old. Two years later, she shared her story of loss, exile and resilience with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

UNICEF Lebanon showcases Raspberry Pi for learning

When the Raspberry Pi was first announced in 2011, I was captured by its mission from the start to introduce children in schools to the world of technology, programming, and creation.

In a world where schools were filled with Windows based PCs, this was a bold move to disrupt the status quo and empower children to leverage the technology that was rapidly evolving around them.

Interestingly, the device to trigger this movement did not come in the form of a state of the art computer, but instead, was a low cost, credit card sized single board computer that you connected to your TV or computer monitor.

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The Charcoal Boys

Anas should be at school with friends. But like a growing number of Syrian refugee children, he is working to survive.

Just 12 years old, he spends his days sorting lumps of charcoal to be sold as fuel.

“I miss school,” says Anas, washing up after a dusty day at work. “Playing with friends, chasing each other, hide and seek, karate.”

Learn more about Anas and the charcoal boys: http://rfg.ee/xyIF8

What is life like as a young refugee? From dawn until dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, shows the hardships she and millions of Syrian children endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.

See photos and share a typical Friday with Nour in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which she and her family have called home since fleeing Syria last year. 

Photos: Cassandra Nelson/MercyCorps
What is life like as a young refugee? From dawn until dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, shows the hardships she and millions of Syrian children endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.

See photos and share a typical Friday with Nour in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which she and her family have called home since fleeing Syria last year. 

Photos: Cassandra Nelson/MercyCorps
What is life like as a young refugee? From dawn until dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, shows the hardships she and millions of Syrian children endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.

See photos and share a typical Friday with Nour in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which she and her family have called home since fleeing Syria last year. 

Photos: Cassandra Nelson/MercyCorps

What is life like as a young refugee? From dawn until dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, shows the hardships she and millions of Syrian children endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.

See photos and share a typical Friday with Nour in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which she and her family have called home since fleeing Syria last year.

Photos: Cassandra Nelson/MercyCorps

Jouri, 10, fled Syria 18 months ago. “Here I can’t walk around freely. I can’t get all the kinds of food and sweets I had in Syria. I hope to go back to Syria by car with the windows rolled down so the fresh air can come inside.”

In their own words, young people in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan tell us what it’s like to grow up without their home and what keeps them looking forward. Read their stories. 

Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Jouri, 10, fled Syria 18 months ago. “Here I can’t walk around freely. I can’t get all the kinds of food and sweets I had in Syria. I hope to go back to Syria by car with the windows rolled down so the fresh air can come inside.”

In their own words, young people in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan tell us what it’s like to grow up without their home and what keeps them looking forward. Read their stories.

Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Mahmoud, 15, fled Syria 1 year ago. “I like being in a secure place away from the bombing, but I hope to go back to Syria and to go to school again. I don’t go to school here because the classes are crowded and the teachers are not interested in us. I hope that someday I can become a better person in my community and give back to Syria.” 

For young Syrians, it’s not just the horrors of war that haunt them — it’s the reality of loss and what they face every day now as refugees. Hear from children in Zaatari refugee camp. 

Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Mahmoud, 15, fled Syria 1 year ago. “I like being in a secure place away from the bombing, but I hope to go back to Syria and to go to school again. I don’t go to school here because the classes are crowded and the teachers are not interested in us. I hope that someday I can become a better person in my community and give back to Syria.”

For young Syrians, it’s not just the horrors of war that haunt them — it’s the reality of loss and what they face every day now as refugees. Hear from children in Zaatari refugee camp.

Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

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