Volume 16, No. 4
Fall 2013
The Future Threatened for
Syria's Schoolchildren
Mona, 8, and her new friend, Maysam, 9, are overjoyed with the two new uniforms that will allow them to attend a Jordanian public school this fall. IOCC is providing school uniforms to more than 30,000 Syrian refugee children living in Jordan to enable them to continue their education. (Photo credit: Anas Bino/IOCC)

A generation of school children is at risk as the education of Syrian youth threatens to become another casualty of the prolonged conflict. Over the past year, two million youngsters inside Syria were forced to drop out of school according to UNICEF. Many schools now serve as emergency shelters for displaced families, and the one million child refugees who fled Syria empty-handed lack the uniforms and supplies required to attend class in host country schools. IOCC, an ACT Alliance member, is helping to bridge the learning gap for Syria's school children across the region. Working in Syria with church partner, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, IOCC is helping more than 550 displaced Syrian schoolchildren catch up with classwork via newly established remedial primary and secondary level classes. In Jordan, IOCC is outfitting more than 30,000 Syrian refugee children like Ahlam, 6, with new uniforms so that they can enroll in Jordan's public schools. For Syrian children now living in Lebanon, IOCC is rehabilitating and repairing schools in Beirut and Bekaa Valley to accommodate the influx of refugee children who will be joining local students this fall.

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In This Issue

Quenching The Thirst For Clean Water In Cameroon

From The Executive Director

Fresh Hope For Greece's Families

The Future Threatened for Syria's Schoolchildren

A Place To Call Home Again

Praying For Peace In Troubled Lands

Parish Reps Make A Difference!

IOCC Sunday: A Day Of Sharing!

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