“I feel like I’m leaving my family” - 10 years of building ‘belonging’ for Syrian refugee children.
I’ve recently returned from my first visit to Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda, where we provide pre-school learning to mainly refugee children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Here are some reflections from the trip…
My Story Can Restore Hope - Meet John, a Teacher in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement
People living in Kutupalong camp, Bangladesh are truly living on ‘the edge’, facing poverty and violence, trapped in dangerous conditions and unable to leave. It’s here, Children on the Edge have been working for over a decade, supporting education for thousands of refugee children.
Every month we receive lots of fantastic news from our programmes, our partners and our wonderful supporters and we know that it can be hard to keep up with it all, so we’ve compiled some of our highlights from the month to share with you.
This month our highlights include Rachel’s OBE ceremony, Iryna’s story and our first video from Kachin State, Myanmar.
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Iryna is a marketing professional who fled Ukraine to Romania with her nine year old daughter and her parents last February, when the Russian attacks made it too dangerous to stay any longer. Read her story...
Meet Alexandra Dblanari - a Romanian psychologist working with Ukraininan refugee children
Alexandra is a psychologist working at the Iasi orphanage centre in Romania, supported by Children on the Edge. The centre houses and cares for over 40 Ukrainian refugee children and provides daily activities, social work and help with trauma recovery. Read her story...
A year ago today (24th February), Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea. This was the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II. Thousands of Ukrainian families had no choice but to flee their homeland, taking only what they could carry.
With a history of working in Moldova and Romania, which both border Ukraine, Children on the Edge responded immediately. Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from our community we were able to make an impact as refugees arrived, then throughout the year as they came to terms with the longer term consequences of the war.
We are thrilled to be working with Learn to Play Botswana, who have just returned from Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda, where they have been training our staff, caregivers (what we would know as ‘preschool teachers’), and the local volunteers who support the programme on the importance of mindful play and creativity.