Syrian refugee children were excited as they received ShelterBox stationery packs at the school at Domiz refugee camp in Iraq Kurdistan last week.
There are thousands of children amongst the 20,000 refugees living at the camp having fled the escalating violence in Syria. Many attend the school on the outskirts of the camp, which is run by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 1,300 students.
When each student registers at the school, they receive stationery distributed by Kurdish organization Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF). With more children arriving, they were running out of supplies. ShelterBox therefore sent 16 SchoolBoxes, packed full of school packs for a total of 800 pupils.
‘It was amazing seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when we gave them a school stationery bag – they were so excited!’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Rebecca Novell (UK). ‘You can see the hardships they have faced and the sadness in their eyes, as they have had to leave everything behind in their homes. Being able to provide them with colouring pencils, chalk, a small chalkboard, pens, maths kit and a notebook really does bring them happiness and a new sense of hope.’
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