Children's Stories of Resilience
Children's stories of resilience
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.
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.
Jesus (9) From Eritrea is Learning to Clear His Head With TeamUp
You left everything behind. After an often frightening journey you arrive in the Netherlands. And before you know it, you're in the Dutch school system. For most children it takes some time to get used to a new way of life. That’s the case for nine-year-old Jesus from Eritrea.
Yonas (14) is on a Journey Towards Peace of Mind
Yonas and Kidane fled the totalitarian regime in Eritrea together with their brothers and parents. The boys are now settled in the Dutch province of Drenthe - where they find some much needed stability through the TeamUp programme. The brothers share their experiences with us here…
Mohammed (13) From Syria is Learning to Express His Emotions
Mohammed was four years old when he fled the battlefield in Syria. For seven years he lived in Jordan, where he was discriminated against and bullied. He has been living in the Netherlands for two years. Sometimes he finds it difficult to express his emotions, but the TeamUp activities are helping him to do just that. "I like that teachers ask me how I am doing. That didn't happen in Syria and Jordan".
Hoessein (10) Feels Empowered by TeamUp
Hoessein arrived in the Netherlands nearly a year ago - having escaped the horrors of Syria’s civil war. He frequently has to process intense memories - but he remains resilient. Hussein particularly enjoys taking part in TeamUp
Rami (10) is Growing Up Under the Gaza Blockade
Gaza – perceived as the world’s largest open-air jail - is home to 1.8 million people, two thirds of whom are under 25 years old. Robbed of their future, children remain at the mercy of life under blockade. Children like Rami and his brothers...