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…
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".