Children's Stories of Resilience
Children's stories of resilience
Iyad (14) Left Syria to Chase a Brighter Future
Every child has the fundamental right to an education. Yet claiming that right in the midst of displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic takes strength and determination. Through the Back to the Future project War Child and partners are supporting Syrian refugee children like Iyad to claim their right to learn - no matter what obstacles they face. Iyad shares his story here.
Heba (12) and Chaima's (12) Renewed Friendship in Gaza
War Child’s Helping Children Heal project provides protection and recreation opportunities to the most marginalised children in Gaza. It also provides a space where friendship can blossom away from violent conflict - as the story of Heba and Chaima shows…
Roger (15) Fled War in Burundi. What is Next For Him?
Following the end of a 12-year-long civil war in 2005, Burundi has continued to experience brutal human rights abuses and political unrest. Roger's family originally included his father, mother and seven siblings. But after rebel’s raided their home in Burundi, Roger and his parents found the other six children hanged in the barn. They ran, unable to say goodbye or bury his siblings – eventually arriving in Uganda.
For Sanaa (11), Our Back to the Future Programme is a Stepping Stone
Sanaa hadn’t ever attended school. When her mother found out about the “Back to the Future” project, the 11-year-old was one phone call away from being registered in BLN (Basic Literacy and Numeracy) program at Terre des Hommes Italy center in Mount Lebanon.
Sri Lankan Malar (17) is Moving on From Grief
Sri Lanka’s bitter civil war deprived Malar of her father - leaving her to support her mother in any way she can. Malar doesn’t get many chances to enjoy a regular childhood - but her participation in our TeamUp programme has seen her begin to plan for a better future. She shares her story here.
Alaa (11) is Rebuilding Family Ties Through Our DEALS Programme
Alaa fled Syria eight years ago with her parents and two brothers. She has been living in Jordan ever since, near its capital Amman. Alaa misses Syria, but she is happy to feel safe and free. “Every day I participate in War Child's activities," she says. "I learn something new every day..."
Muna (6) Attends School at the War Child Safe Space Near Her Refugee Settlement
Muna and her family escaped the brutal civil war in Syria to find safety in Jordan. Yet life as a refugee is far from easy - and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has made life harder still. The space where she would attend lessons is currently closed - yet Muna hasn’t let that stop her from continuing her education
Laila (12) Can’t Go to School - But Still Works towards a Better Future
Imagine not going to school for five years due to the devastating war in Syria. Then undertaking a terrifying flight to Lebanon, trying to process difficult memories - only for the COVID-19 pandemic to close your school again. Then the devastating Beirut explosions happened. Still, Laila is working towards a better future.