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REACT connects Darfuri Refugee schools with primary schools in Hackney London

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In December 2016,  REACT successfully implemented a collaborative educational project with Darfuri school teachers from the refugee camps in Eastern Chad. Centered around the ‘Right to Play’,   3 primary schools in East London UK sent donations of sports equipment and educational resources to Darfuri refugee schools in Chad. The children from both UK and Chad also exchanged letters about their daily lives and aspirations. The donations of  500 pairs of football boots and girls sports shoes were distributed by the Darfuri teachers to students who excelled in particular subjects and who also had regular attendance. Further donations from REACT were stored by the teachers to provide an incentive to students to attend classes.

Phil CoxREACT connects Darfuri Refugee schools with primary schools in Hackney London
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REACT provides grants to vulnerable refugee women in the UK

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In September 2016, REACT collaborated with the British Red Cross to provide a number of grants to vulnerable asylum seekers in the UK. These grants, were targeted specifically at women who needed support for medical costs, legal aid and educational support.  REACT is committed to continue into 2017 to help women survivors of trafficking and torture to access further education, legal aid and language classes through targeted grants that will allow them to regain confidence and self esteem as well as the opportunity to re-enter society as equals.

Phil CoxREACT provides grants to vulnerable refugee women in the UK
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REACT Volunteers run the London Hackney Half Marathon!

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On the 8th May, our amazing volunteers ran 22km for the London Hackney Half Marathon – on the hottest day of the year! It was an amazing event with so many people sponsoring and supporting. We are really proud to have raised over $25,000 USD to now support the roll out of vital educational and relief projects in Chad – Sudan, Greece and in the UK.

Phil CoxREACT Volunteers run the London Hackney Half Marathon!
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REACT meets with Darfuri Refugee Teachers in Chad

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REACT trustees and staff traveled in March to Ndjamina to meet with representatives of the Am Nabak Darfuri refugee camps.  REACT met with school staff and camp administrators whose travel was facilitated by REACT from the Eastern border camps. Discussion was held around the implementation of a project supporting vital educational needs and the aspirations of youth. REACT also met with the UNHCR and local Chadian partners.  REACT’s project to support the refugee camps is expected to be implemented in 2016.

 

Phil CoxREACT meets with Darfuri Refugee Teachers in Chad
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REACT rolls out Arabic libraries for refugees in Greece

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In March, after an initial assessment,  REACT director Giovanna Stopponi, together with volunteers in Greece, successfully set up three working libraries of donated Arabic books for both adult and child refugees. REACT would like to thank BANIPAL MAGAZINE OF MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE & THE INTERNATIONAL ARABIC FICTION PRIZE for their support in making this possible.

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Phil CoxREACT rolls out Arabic libraries for refugees in Greece
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REACT to deliver mobile Arabic libraries to refugees in Greece

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In response to direct requests from refugees residing in camps and transit centers, REACT has reached out to partner with BANIPAL MAGAZINE OF MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE & THE INTERNATIONAL ARABIC FICTION PRIZE and a number of kind individuals across the EU to stock and deliver mobile libraries containing a diverse and rich selection of Arabic books for both adults and children. Thousands of books will shortly be arriving in Athens before distribution to the Greek Islands. A special thanks to Fleur Montanaro, Dana Trometer, Margaret Obank and Samuel Shimon and others for making this possible!

 

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REACT conducts further relief assessment in Greece

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REACT volunteers have returned to the Greek islands  as part of the on-going effort to support with emergency relief and to identify the most urgent and needy areas for support. Aiding unaccompanied children fleeing conflict and giving access to education are possible areas of intervention, with a view to facilitate long term relief in the areas of prevention of child trafficking and establishing libraries for those who reside in refugee camps in Athens.

Phil CoxREACT conducts further relief assessment in Greece
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