Give Refugee Children the Opportunity of an Education
It's the time of year when summer is coming to a close and school-aged children are preparing to return to the classroom. Many children are excited to be going back to school and looking forward to seeing their friends and sharing their tales of summer fun.
So many children we serve come from countries where education services are erratic at best, or from refugee camps where their schooling has been put on hold for years. Children from Central America are unable to attend school every day due to violence, and if they are girls, they are not able to leave the house to attend school without an adult male or private car which is unaffordable for most.
Enrique*, a refugee child who was unable to attend school in his home country of El Salvador because of threats to his life by the gangs, broke down in tears when he found out that here in America he would be able to register and get support in attending school. His father came to the United States in the hopes of offering his son a better opportunity; he also became very emotional when he learned Enrique was going to be able to go to school and fulfill his dreams for a better future.
An education put on hold is not unique to Enrique, it is the experience of hundreds of thousands of refugee children searching for peace and safety.