Remember the simple joy of receiving a new pencil case and pens before you start school? Some children might never experience that, if it wasn’t for kind volunteers that could include you.
Although summer has just made its sticky arrival, Dubai Cares is running a back to school campaign to make sure children in Jordan affected by the Syrian crisis receive basic classroom supplies before the next academic year.
Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, says figures from the United Nations Refugee Agency show nearly 900,000 Syrian school-age refugee children and teens are not in school.
They need 3,000 people to help put together 50,000 simple school kits that will include a backpack, a pencil case, A5 notebooks, a sketchbook, a calculator, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pens and crayons, rulers, stickers and labels.
How can we help?
The Volunteer Emirates initiative, which is sponsored by Union Coop, needs thousands of volunteers to be at Al Boom Tourist Village from Saturday, 17th to Thursday, 22nd June. Partner good cause Save the Children will then distribute the kits to children in Jordan before school starts again in September.
Tariq Al Gurg, CEO at Dubai Cares, added: “Something as small as a school bag given to a child at the beginning of a new school year can make a difference in that child’s life.”
To get involved, register as a volunteer with www.dubaicares.ae