Over the past four years Children on the Edge have been working in partnership with Lebanese NGO - Triumphant Mercy, within the refugee communities in Bekaa Valley. Together we worked to provide quality, child friendly education for Syrian refugee children who are unable to access government or UN school provision.
Since 2014, through four tent schools and a Community Centre school in Beirut, we supported education for hundreds of children aged 6 -12. Each school had a bespoke curriculum, refugee teachers, vocational skills opportunities and an environment of warmth and safety, where children could blossom.
Over the last three years we worked with teachers and staff at the tent schools to monitor and evaluate the progress of the children through these schools. The evaluation was extremely positive and at the close of 2018 results showed:
Yesterday, voting kicked off for the world’s largest election, with Indians in 20 states casting their votes in the first of seven phases, leading up to counting on the 23rd May. With 900 million eligible voters, this is the largest election ever seen, but an illegal yet culturally pervasive caste system is stunting the course to genuine democracy.
Through a brilliant array of events and activities, a small group of 12 and 13 year-old students from The Prebendal School in Chichester, inspired their fellow pupils to raise over £1,648 for Children on the Edge.
Year Eight students at The Prebendal School raise funds for a different charity each term. They are all encouraged to put a case forward for a chosen charity or cause before the decision is put to a vote amongst students and teachers.
Pupil, Lily Eitel, aged 13 decided to put forward Children on the Edge as her charity of choice in September 2018. She said:
“We were already aware that Children on the Edge was based in Chichester and we really wanted to support a local organisation that benefitted many children worldwide. This made it more real for all the Prebendal pupils”.
Lily prepared a formal presentation and encouraged as many students as possible to vote for us. She was delighted when Children on the Edge won the vote. She and her friends soon set about raising funds through a host of fun activities, including a drinks party for parents, cake sales, mufti days, a Christmas jumper day and a movie night.
Local art sale at Bordean House, Langrish (Petersfield) to raise funds for Children on the Edge.
When: Thursday 13 June, 6-9pm
Where: Bordean House, Langrish (Petersfield, Hampshire), GU32 1EP
Emma has designed two fabrics, one for the Rural Refugee Network and one for Children on the Edge and Angela has made them into a selection of items. Like wash bags and coin purses.
Every item is made with care, attention to detail and a smile and they are all under £20.
If you are local to Petersfield, Hampshire, do pop along to the 33 Art Sale on Thursday 13th June, from 6-9pm. You can follow them on Instagram here.
Kachin State is the northernmost state of Myanmar (also known as Burma) and is bordered by China to the north and east. The Kachin people are an ethnic minority in Myanmar, a highland indigenous people with rich traditions.
Historical tensions between the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Myanmar government have intensified over the last seven years, placing civilians at huge risk.
A 17-year ceasefire was broken by Burmese troops in June 2011, heavy shelling near civilian populations was commonplace and women reported many incidents of systematic rape by the Burmese Army.
Human Rights Watch reported government soldiers blocking needed humanitarian aid, torching villages and firing on innocent civilians and Fortify Rights have extensive evidence of systematic torture being used as an attack on civilians.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimate that around 86,000 people remain displaced in Kachin State, spread across 140 camps. Our partners estimate the numbers on the border to be more in the region of 120,000.
More than 46% of those displaced are living in areas beyond government control where international actors have very limited humanitarian access. Those living in the crowded Internally Displaced People's (IDP) camps are terrified, cut off from vital aid and still subject to regular military attack.
As central government appears determined to crush the last remaining pocket of armed resistance in Myanmar, their recent tactics have been increasingly harsh. With significant natural resources and political influence at stake, the human tragedy is worsening, and largely ignored by the international community.
Thousands of Kachin children are forced to cope in very difficult circumstances with little support for their healthy development. Many children here under the age of 6, have known little else but war.
Daily life offers few chances of respite from the effects of violence and they have no access to early years education, creative play and psychosocial support.