Being a Refugee Child is not a Crime
Our world has become an incredibly dangerous place for children.
Refugee children are fleeing from conflict areas in every corner of the globe, hoping to find safety in those few communities still willing to accept them. According to the United Nations, approximately 50% of all refugees are women and over 41% of refugees are children. In Syria alone over 7.5 Million children are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Of these, over 2.6 Million children are out of any type of school or learning environment focusing solely on survival. Another 2 million are refugees in neighboring countries. Those numbers, as astounding as they are, are only a portion of the flood of desperate and displaced children.
Those fortunate enough to make their way out of their war ravaged homes and gain admittance to countries like the United States face a host of additional challenges. Becoming acclimated and accepted by their new found countrymen takes time, effort, and significant education. For children from a different culture, navigating American schools can be an overwhelming learning curve.
These children not only face language and basic cultural issues, many are horribly traumatized by their experiences. Prior to flight, children who become refugees have been faced with a wide variety of traumatic events. They may have been witness to horrific fighting and destruction, or may have observed violent acts perpetrated against loved ones. They may have been subjected to or witnessed sexual violence. Post traumatic stress and a host of psychological issues are the norm for these children.
Regardless of where they have escaped from, many refugees are particularly suspicious of people in positions of authority as a result of the conditions under which they fled their home country. In addition, language barriers may exist. Further, even when language is not a barrier because an interpreter is available or because the provider and refugee speak a common language, the exchange is still likely to be influenced by complex religious and ethnic interconnections.
Helping Refugee Children to Adapt
Scholarship.Life and The Funding Life Corporation have established the Childrens’ Education Relief Fund to help refugee children face and deal with these and a host of other issues. Our goal is to help refugee children reconnect with people and education, and get them into schools with appropriate support and care.
A great majority of refugee children come to us from countries with limited to no educational infrastructure. This means that many of them may not have had an opportunity to attend school and learn basic skills in their own language. Students with interrupted formal education are not less intelligent than other students their age, and they do not need special education referrals to address these issues. They simply need an opportunity to learn basic skills and receive very skilled and intentional instruction to accelerate their learning. For older children and adults this can significantly affect their learning when they begin school in the U.S.
This is where and how you can support these desperate and deserving students. Scholarship.Life programs focus on getting the help where it needs to be … in the classroom, in the sponsor home, one-on-one with the child.
They have worked so hard and suffered so much to get here. Please help these children take the next step.