Tuesday, June 21, 2016

High School Student Gives Time To Syrian Refugees


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Syria is like a second home to Rose Farah.  It is a place she summered with grandparents and cousins, a country of tradition, warmth and family. Farah was 13 when the war broke out, a tragic turn of events that changed her world and separated her from family and loved ones.

Now a senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City, Farah learned … the importance of social justice and community service. “Sacred Heart taught me the impact even one person can have,” said the student body president. “When the war broke out, I knew I had to do something to help those affected.”

Then she discovered (a small organization) Jusoor (“bridges” in Arabic) which is a non-partisan, non-religious NGO of expatriates committed to providing opportunities for Syrian youth through programs in the fields of education, career development, and global community engagement. “I was blown away by the work they were doing.” When she was 15, Farah signed on as an intern. She now works with the organization as a staff member.

A pressing problem for the thousands of children living in refugee camps is not being able to go to school. One of Jusoor’s main programs is its Refugee Education Program, which gives children the chance to study at Jusoor schools until they can be enrolled in schools in their host country.

… Farah organized a fundraiser at her school with raffle prizes donated by local businesses. … The raffle raised $1,500 the first year, and $7,200 the second, funding the education of 14 Syrian refugee children.

One of Farah’s current roles is serving as the coordinator for Jusoor's 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives scholarship program, which will bring Syrian women to universities in the United States and Canada.
--Excerpted and edited from Points of Light

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