Building Kids Rainbow Association: a new space for Syrian kids in Gaziantep
What is Kids Rainbow?
Kids Rainbow is a Gaziantep-based NGO that began operating in 2015 in the Akyol district, where many Syrian families relocated after being forced to flee. Among the many socio-economic difficulties encountered by these families, the right to education for their children has not been prioritised enough. In this context, Kids Rainbow emerged as a safe and supporting environment that provides learning opportunities for Syrian refugee children. Our mission is to fight for equal access to quality education.
Who we are?
We are Mustafa, Giovanni, Bahaa, Valentina, Nader, Giulia, Nura, Hiba, Maen, Gabriella, founding members of Kids Rainbow Association. Joining forces from Syria, Iraq and Italy we started a new journey together in Gaziantep, where we met hundreds of children who cannot go to school. This is why we decided to create a safe and inclusive learning space, hoping to see them all in class one day.
Who are our kids?
Our kids, between 6 and 13 years old, share similar challenges that we try to monitor and tackle. One of the main factors affecting access to formal education is the uncertainty regarding their legal status. For instance, around 50% of our kids do not have access to public schools. Moreover, the low family income might force children to start working at a very early age, to provide for themselves and their siblings. Few of our older boys started working already in electronic shops, bakeries and groceries. Other social conditions, as the language barrier, peer bullying, lack of parents’ involvement and different forms of discrimination, are all deterents for the children enrollment in school. We aim to dismantle some of the obstacles caused by children’s precarious situations and give them the tools to integrate in the local society.
What do we do?
Turkish, Arabic and English language sessions, creative labs and workshops (such as art, math, music, cinema, theatre and photography). Through recreational and non-formal education methods, Kids Rainbow helps around 50 Syrian kids to combine the learning process with occasions for social and intercultural exchanges, nurture their creativity and stimulate their full potential.
Covid-19 challenged Kids Rainbow's ability to operate in Turkey, raise funds, meet basic material needs and guarantee continuity to its activities. Nonetheless, our team has built and kept contacts with many Syrian families and now needs your help to include more children in its safe educational space. As of now, 44 kids are attending our sessions, but over 150 are on the waiting list to join us. By donating, you will help Kids Rainbow secure the facilities, materials and personnel it needs to continue and expand its work.
Hands-on, our expenses:
By donating,you will gift Kids Rainbow:
- The maintainace and the renovation of our learning facility in Akyol district that includes 4 classrooms, lavatorities, a kitchen and a nice garden to play (estimated cost around 2000€)
- The furniture needed to make a colourful and fun environment: some new desks, chairs, boards, carpets, pillows, benches, tables ..but also games for our playground (one time cost: around 2000€)
- The stationary needed to make our kids' imagination blossom. For every kid we have planned a kit of the value of 20€ that includes a backpack, colors, notebooks, pen and pencils (around 20€ for each kid)
- The materials to make the most out of our creative Labs: costumes and body painting for our experimental theatre activities; canvas and brushes for our little Picassos; kids friendly cameras for our upcoming Photography Lab and loads of books in Arabic, Turkish and English to get lost in the magic fantasy world! (estimated cost calculated of the bases of the past expenses: 2500€)
Last but not least, an expenses reimbursement for the amazing and dedicated local volunteers that make all of this possible! (around 1000€)
Do you want to know more about us?
Website - https://www.kidsrainbow.org/
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