My name is Maha Al-Barazi. I am graduating from Wayne State University in a couple of weeks with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Special Education-Cognitive Impairment endorcement. Teaching is my passion! I've been planning this project in my head for a while, but I didn't know where to start. I recently joined The Syrian Orphans Organization (http://syrianorphans.org) as a volunteer to go to Istanbul, Turkey. We will be 15 volunteer educators coming from the United States to hold a three week summer intensive program for about 300 Syrian refugee children.
After the conflict in Syria occured, I promised myself that I will make a difference by spreading peace and putting a smile on a child's face. I especially promised to give these children hope. Hope for the future; their future.
The money that I will raise will help me in so many ways. First,I need to buy my ticket to get there (right now it's around $1100 from DTW-IST). Since I am a volunteer, I need to fund my own ticket and stay. Second, we need to buy supplies for the students and for the projects that we will be working with them on. I want to buy a collection of books in both Arabic and English to develop a 'library of hope'. The previous years the camp was in Southern Turkey, but this year it will be in Istanbul where there are a lot of refugee children that are struggling.
You will be a part every step of my journey. I will upload pictures and videos of me with the kids to keep everyone updated and smiling!
Let's restore their shattered hearts and broken smiles one step at a time! I need you to help me start my journey of peace!
Below are some pictures of last year's summer camp:
Help me restore the smiles! :)
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