MECI fundraiser - responding to the Syrian refugee crisis
Presently over 60,0000 Syrian refugee children in Jordan are not enrolled in Jordanian schools and a startling number have never been to school. In 2013, the Middle East Children's Institute (MECI) was chosen by UNICEF and UNESCO to address the needs of thousands of Syrian refugee children and disadvantaged Jordanian youth in neighbouring villages to provide them an outlet for learning.
MECI believes that education is the powerful healing tool for children who have experienced war and trauma. Providing children with a space to learn socialize, play and heal creates building blocks that are critical to paving the way for a positive future. Through an informal educational program, MECI works to provide children who are not enrolled in Jordanian schools with basic education, an outlet for self-expression, and a supportive community. Entry exams determine a child's level of education and academic ability. Individual profiles for each child are created to monitor and measure academic improvement and track the child's readiness to be placed in primary education and the appropriate grade level. Councelors also foster cooperation and childhood relationships between Syrian and Jordanian children and their parents.
Founder of MECI, Lola Grace, tells us more.
"We hope to raise 100,000 CHF which will enable us to open a 10th school to help some of the 60,000 Syrian refugee children who are still out of school in Jordan. We are very grateful for the opportunity to spread the word about the importance of MECI's education programs giving thousands of Syrian refugee children a second chance in life." - Lola Grace, MECI Founder