CHICAGO, IL/REYHANLI, TURKEY (August 10, 2015) – Karam Foundation today launched a fundraising education initiative, Innovate to Educate, in order to help Syrian refugee children living in Reyhanli, Turkey to return to school.
“Karam Foundation has been focused on Innovative Education for Syrian youth since 2013. We believe that Syrian children deserve to have access to an education that helps them heal from trauma, reclaim their childhoods, and learn skills to create bright futures. This is why we are determined to provide the future of Syria with an innovative and holistic support system of creative therapy, physical wellness, technological tools, entrepreneurship, and global mentorship,” explains Karam’s co-founder and CEO, Lina Sergie Attar. This is the latest of Karam’s Innovative Education programs, which Karam hopes to eventually expand.
With 2.8 million Syrian children out of school, many have inevitably fallen victim to child labor. A large number of child refugees are employed in harmful working conditions, leaving them at risk for injury and exploitation.
Karam Foundation hopes to change some of that with the launch of this new campaign. As Kinda Hibrawi, Karam Director of Innovative Education, says, “at Karam Foundation, we believe that in order to educate you must first heal. Our Innovative Education programs do this by working on the ground, building lasting relationships and letting these kids know they are not forgotten.”
Karam will be asking for people to sponsor a child directly through their Learn Not Earn program or by selling their “stuff” via eBay GivingWorks to raise money for Karam Foundation. 100% of the proceeds will go towards enrolling children in schools.Updates about the campaign will have the hash-tag #innovate2educate.
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Karam Foundation was founded in 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. Following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, the focus of Karam Foundation has been Syrian refugees. Karam has developed innovative education programs for refugees in Turkey, as well as sustainable development and smart aid initiatives. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.