Over 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 3 million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbours Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. More than half of them are children who have gone through major trauma which can have long lasting effects to self and global society.
Bookwallah Organization plans to use its expertise and resources with storybooks and inspiring libraries to help with specific initiatives during this humanitarian crisis.
“Every child deserves the hope of a happy story. We are extremely excited to bring the gift of imagination to these children”, said Bookwallah Founder, Seena Jacob. “The process begins in the United States by kids who generously donate beautiful storybooks and is then supported sustained with the help of inspiring role models from the local communities in the countries we work in. Healing and inspiring young minds who have experienced pain or trauma really begins by building a foundation for imagination. The end result is magical. Children can take a moment to escape, dream, and be inspired to recreate a life they had previously never known possible.”
The first project will be in partnership with Karam Foundation for their first "Karam House". The house will serve 1,000 Syrian children and local community children in Reyhanli,Turkey. Our storybooks and expertise in building and running libraries of imagination and Karam Foundation's resources and know how on the ground will result in a sustainable library program for the children.
Every child deserves the hope of a happy story.
Our goal is to raise $15k to help get the library up and running for the first year with books, space, and sessions.
JOIN US in making this first library project possible by Donating Today for the Karam House project in Turkey.