THE SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN
Sama Wareh traveled to Lebanon this month to start up an art therapy and sustainability project for Tuyoor Al-Amal school in Dier Ammar, Tripoli, Lebanon. In the 15 days she was there, she helped start the school, buy school supplies such as backpacks for 350 students, erasers, pencils, notebooks, rulers, and general art supplies. She also trained and hired a full-time art instructor for the rest of of the year, trained the teachers on hands-on techniques, painted a large mural with the children, and helped the school vote on the name of the school.
There is still a lot of work to be done at this school. Please see below:
Why? To create a sustainable program that involves the children in projects they can do to:
- Learn a new skillset
- Channel creativity to filter out trauma
- Use their new skillset to earn $$ by selling their new projects to local stores
Who: Sama Wareh has her Masters in Environmental Education and a Bachelors in Art. For over 8 years, Sama Wareh has been teaching art lessons and hands-on programs to kids all over Orange County. Last year, Sama Wareh went to the border or Turkey to help refugees. To read about her day to day experience there, go to www.theroadtotherefugees.weebly.com
Wareh was featured on the front page of the OC Register. To read the article, go to OCRegister Article
How You Can Help
1. Become a Retailer for the artwork created by Syrian Refugees (or help find retailers)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with info about your business, including a direct email, contact, and your wholesale permit.
2. Donate $
Donate Money to www.fortheunseen.org
I am on the board of this organization and work directly from this account. All money raised will go to continue support for hiring teachers, paying for bus fares, and paying for art supplies to continue the project.
1. School bus fare
The school has to charge the students $14 USD per month to ride the bus. The school covers the cost if they can't pay, but Syrian Refugees are running the school and they have to find the funding themselves.
2. Art and technology supplies
3. SCHOOL SUPPLIES
$4500 to cover the costs of 350 backpacks and supplies if they are to start a second shift of students (Since so many are on the waiting list to go to school.)
4. Teacher Salary Wages. The teachers at this school are all volunteering until they can get funding. They are all refugees and are all in desperate need of salaries.