Early this March, you helped to provide a rare moment of normality for 300 Syrian children in the village of Haas in Idlib Province, as they returned to school – a Muslim Hands Community School.
Schools in Haas were closed more than a year ago as fighting in the region intensified and families fled to nearby refugee camps on the Lebanon and Turkey borders. Hundreds of children from the region were unable to attend school or have any semblance of routine or normality.
A year on, as displaced families began returning back to their damaged homes – in a bid to rebuild their lives – Muslim Hands made it a priority to refurbish a damaged building into a Community School and set up a supportive environment for these beleaguered children.
Fifteen brightly decorated classrooms across three floors, all equipped with desks and chairs now make up the once damaged and derelict building.
Employed by Muslim Hands, 20 Syrian teachers teach a variety of subject according to the national curriculum from English, Maths, Science to History and Recreational Arts to Syrian students aged 5-15 in year groups one to nine; all filling the classrooms with noise, laughter and the sound of learning.
As well as daily classes from 8am – 1 pm the children are provided with food, safe drinking water, school bags and a safe play area. And, with some of the classes taking place underground in the basement level of the building, some of the younger and vulnerable children feel much safe and happier returning to school.
The school has also caused a surge of activity, as many eager families with children from nearby areas routinely wait around the playing area demanding a second set of teaching hours. For five days a week, from the beginning of June between 2pm – 7pm, 300 more Syrian children from the local area will be attending the MH Community School and building better futures for themselves, insha’Allah.
“Muslim Hands is committed to improving the lives of Syria’s future generations. Upon listening to the parent’s needs and requests it’s been decided that the Muslim Hands Community School will be opening in the afternoon too.” Tariq Nasir, MH Senior Programmes Manager
Though much work has been done in Syria we cannot afford to let go of our responsibility towards Syrians.
Our focus now is to set up as many schools as we can for this, we rely on your continued support for the children of Syria: http://muslimhands.org.uk/emergencies/2012/syria-crisis/