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STEM for Syrian Refugees

$17,133 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 85 people in 11 months
Created April 4, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
Education is the best investment.

Shirin Haddadin, a grade 6 science teacher at Beebe Middle School in Malden, MA and Ayman Halaseh, a Professional Civil Engineer at CDM Smith in Boston, MA and a Tufts Alumni. They are both from Jordan and speak Arabic. Last year they started STEM education for refugees’ project at Zaatari refugee camp, the largest refugee camp for Syrian Refugees in the world. Our project objectives were:

 1) Build classroom capacity by providing science teachers with science education supplies.

2) Build teachers capacity by conducting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop to encourage the science teachers to include this in their classrooms.

3) Finally, and the most rewarding objective, is to run a STEM day with the students and introduce them to the beauty of science and engineering.

The project was very successful and recognized by many organizations and individuals. We have formed an advisory committee, received assistance from Engineering In Elementary organization (EIE) at Museum of Science (MoS) and Center of Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University. We also are working with design squad at WGBH.

The aim for 2018 is to expand the project and to build classroom and teachers’ capacity in two camps; Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps with the assistance of Relief International RI and UNICEF. If you would like to learn more about the project, see photos and video from last year’s trip, or make a contribution, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/STEM4Refugees/

If you can give $500, if you can give $100, if you can give $50, if you can give $10, please do -- it will cost $20,000 to equip 6 labs in two refugee camps to empower science teachers with essential tools to teach. Every donation will make a difference to this group of families and children living in the refugee camp. 
All help is greatly appreciated, and updates will be posted once this project goes ahead.

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Dear Donors
Happy Holidays! We would like to thank you again for your generous donations that build a sustainable project.

Last summer, we conducted two 4-day STEM workshops at Zataari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan. It included STEM training and demonstration classes and workshops with the students. The training was followed by establishing 10 STEM clubs that have been serving 150 students.

The first two months of the clubs were designed to introduce the students to the engineering design process concept and gave them several engineering challenges to practice engineering and problem solving. The impact of the projects were remarkable. https://www.facebook.com/STEM4Refugees/videos/204100480466554/

We have started our second phase of the STEM clubs, where the student surveyed and identified problems in their community. Their goal now is to design and build a solution for this challenge to improve their community. Amazing projects have been putting together right now, showing the determination and talent that these young engineers have, and telling us a lot about their lives in the camps. We will be sharing with you these projects as they are evolving. For example, the students want to build an elderly stick with chair, lamp and pocket. This will help elderly people go to the out door bathroom at night when most probably there is no electricity or street lights.

Your generous donations exceeded $15,000 and were spent to buy STEM education supplies to run the STEM clubs and the workshops, and to pay stipend for the amazing teachers who are running the camps. The raised funds took us way far because the teacher's stipend rate doesn't exceed $4/hour, which makes our monthly stipend for 18 teachers who are running the clubs less than $2,000 per month.

We learned a lot while working with these brilliant future engineers and teachers, for instance they've showed us how to be creative even with very limited resources, and how to find happiness even in the darkest times. We believe that those people deserve a chance to thrive not just to survive.

Our funds will end very soon and we need to raise more funds to get more supplies to build 10 ambitious projects. We would like to kindly ask you to continue supporting the project and further contribute to keep the momentum going on. This will help the students build their projects, which will improve people's lives in the camp. Please consider follow our Facebook page to stay connected to witness the progress of the projects. Please feel free to share our facebook page as well.
Your donation will change their lives forever...

Thank you again and Happy Holidays!
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Raised by 85 people in 11 months
Created April 4, 2018
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