Since the civil war began in 2011, more than 5.6 million Syrians have fled the country as refugees, and another 6.2 million people are displaced within Syria. Half of the people affected are children. Millions of Syrian young people have found themselves without homes, many without access to education, and living in neighboring countries without knowing when, or if, they'll return home.
When Syrian young people needed help, you showed up.
We connected, and learned about one another.
Students from 27 countries took up the challenge to help their Syrian peers. First, they learned about the Syrian refugee crisis. Webinars provided them an opportunity to hear directly from young people affected by the war in Syria. Students asked questions like, '"Were you sad to leave home?" "What were you able to bring with you?" "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Each pinwheel supported Syrian refugee classrooms.
Students also made pinwheels to raise funding to support Syrian peers. For each pinwheel made, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $2 to the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program in Iraq and Lebanon.
Training teachers, healing children.
The money generated from each and every pinwheel helped provide secure, nurturing learning environments for displaced Syrian children to recover, grow, develop and learn. It also helped equip teachers with tools to support children from conflict areas and help them build self-esteem, strengthen their social-emotional learning, and recover from crisis.
We made more than just pinwheels.
Young people around the world took action to help raise $400,000. In the process, they learned they can make a difference. Syrian students learned that their peers from around the world care.
Pinwheels for Hope
Through making pinwheels we helped kids affected by the civil war in Syria. Since the beginning of the war, approximately 11 million people have fled to surrounding areas. Each pinwheel made was $2 towards the cause of helping displaced youth.
By the Numbers
By partnering with the International Rescue Committee and Global Nomads Group the Bezos Family Foundation gave $400,000 based on the pinwheels to help youth in Syria.
Through this challenge, we funded the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classroom program which provides safe spaces, teacher and student support, and tools for teachers to help educate youth.
What Happened with the Pinwheels?
To highlight the incredible impact of this Challenge, an interactive refugee tent was made out of pinwheels. This pinwheel tent was on display for three months at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California.
Where we came from
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