In response to the thousands of refugees arriving into the Greek Islands – REACT volunteers completed an assessment of urgent needs. Medical help & shelter were seen as the most pressing issues. REACT is now donating medical equipment to doctors operating in Moria registration camp as well as to long-term Greek volunteer groups providing emergency shelter to refugee women, children, the elderly and the disabled.
UNHCR News Bulletin about the changes in the way Sudanese refugees in Chad will access formal education
An important change began in 2014, when the Ministry of Education decided to include refugees into the national school curriculum as a means to foster their integration, improve the quality of education and help them make the most of future opportunities.
Phil CoxUNHCR changes education strategy for Darfuri refugees
A Thank you Note from a head teacher in the Am Nabak camp in Chad to English school children who fundraised. The head mistress Fatima Ibrahim says:
‘ Dear children, – from here so far away in the desert, we have learnt of your generosity. For us in the camps, education is everything. It gives us value, when we feel we have no value. It makes us feel human and have human standards. In the camps many people feel guilty, like it was our fault we are in this terrible situation. With small assistance we can have something to aim for and prepare ourselves. As human beings we can prove our humanity by learning’
Phil CoxDarfuri Head Teacher sends a personal note of thanks
More than 5000 textbooks reach the schools in three Darfuri refugee camps in Easter Chad:
5250 books (1400 kgs worth of textbooks, teachers books and dictionaries) have been distributed among three camps in the region of Iriba, Eastern Chad: these are Am Nabak, Iridimi and Toulum, currenty holding around 60,000 refugees from Darfur
It has been a long journey. The books were unable to travel for quite a while from Khartoum,Sudan to N’Djamena, Chad as transport costs doubled up as there is no direct flights connection between Sudan and Chad but at the end with the wonderful logistical assistance of the British Council Khartoum and the support of UNHCR and CARE International we managed to deliver and distribute the books safely to all beneficiaries.
This has been a tremendous effort from all involved, especially from our supporters with your fundraising and contributions, for the specific benefit of the refugee children’s education. REACT is so grateful because without your support we would not be able to make these books deliveries possible.
A warm thanks to British Council Khartoum, UNHCR Community Services Officers in Khartoum and N’Djmena, and CARE officers in Iriba, Chad for their help in helping making this possible!
UNESCO Associated Schools and the UN Association of the UK have partnered with REACT to bring to UK Schools and Universities a unique opportunity to learn more about life in a refugee camp. The aim is to help support refugee students and their right to continue their education during their displacement.
Schools, Universities and other community groups will be given an opportunity to engage with student refugees and their teachers, by opening a channel of communication and dialogue. This is something the refugees have specifically requested. The UK Schools and Universities will hopefully also be fundraising for textbooks to be sent to Darfuri students. Find out more how and what you get back by clicking here
REACT spoke at Warwick University and the students there have kindly supported REACT. Forthcoming speaking and fundraising events include St James School in West London and the Royal Ballet School.
Phil CoxREACT links up with Schools and Universities
In May 2008 REACT travelled to the refugee camps along the Chadian – Sudanese border. The team met with refugees headteachers, NGOs and the UNHCR spending considerable time in the refugee camp schools, ascertaining from the teachers and pupils their specific needs. REACT was able to verify the impact its textbooks donations have on the education of the children.
REACT was delighted to be invited by the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park to give a presentation to its students about the Darfur Book project with a view to build a link with the refugee schools in Eastern Chad.
REACT used pictures and video clips of its previous visits to the region to show what life is like in a refugee camp and to bring home messages from refugees about the importance of education in their future.
St James School for Girls in Kensington Olympia, London, has dedicated this year’s school play of Midsummer Night’s Dream to fundraise for REACT’s books project for the Darfuri refugees in Chad.On 15th November 2007, St James’ girls raised £2,000 through their amazing and witty performance and remarkable enthusiasm to help their peers from Darfur.Visit St James’ Schools.
£ 2,000 pounds can buy 1,800 books from Khartoum’s Ministry of Education and provides refugee students and teachers with essential tools to access education.
Phil CoxSt James Schools for Girls in London partners with Darfuri refugee children in Chad.