Syrian refugees in Turkey gather around a truck, from which they will receive winter jackets, gloves, socks, blankets and more in a Zakat Foundation of America distribution. | Zakat Foundation of America photo
How can children learn when their basic needs aren’t being met?
A majority of Syrian refugees live in refugee camps made of paper-thin tents. These tents offer little to no protection from the sun’s harsh natural elements in the summer or the cold in the winter. In the winter, children in refugee camps have to walk in freezing mud with no shoes.
If they are lucky, they have ill-fitted sandals that do not protect them from frostbite. They brave the cold to pick through piles of garbage to carry back to their tents to burn.
In Lebanon, our team took the time to talk to Lynn, a Syrian refugee child, about what she truly needed. Here is what she had to say:
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Minara El-Rahman is a Digital Marketing professional from the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for inspiring our younger generation about Islam. She launched her blog, "Hijabi Life," as a Muslim lifestyle blog to help Muslims find tips and ideas about food, marriage, parenthood, and fashion in 2011. She has worked in a myriad of companies with a focus on Muslim organizations such as Zaytuna College and Zakat Foundation of America.