The Backpack Project was created so that hungry and frightened children in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad could attend schools run by our partner, the International Rescue Committee. JWW has distributed over 15,000 backpacks filled with shoes, books, school supplies, soap and toothpaste to school-aged children. The backpacks have allowed each child to make the most of school under the most difficult of circumstances. Each backpack also contained something intangible, but essential to their well-being: hope.
Bialik Rogosin School: Darfuri Refugee Children in Israel
JWW supported the health and well-being of 81 Darfuri refugee children absorbed by the Bialik Rogosin School in Tel Aviv. After traveling to Israel by foot and undergoing a harrowing experience, the children received hot meals, psychosocial counseling and health and hygiene workshops sponsored by JWW, which provided both the children and their parents with the essentials for ensuring the children’s success in the future. JWW provided the children with further psychosocial counseling and also remedial education resources so that they could matriculate at the same pace as their peers.
“She Speaks, She Listens” Radio Project
In partnership with Equal Access and Internews Network, JWW supported the production and expansion of the innovative radio series “She Speaks, She Listens.” Using an accessible soap opera format, this innovative radio program teaches both women and men in refugee camps about women’s rights and the scourge of gender-based violence. Women are encouraged to participate in listening groups, where they discuss the program and make suggestions for further episodes.
Summer Educational Toy Lift
JWW partnered with L.A.-area summer camps to bring school supplies to children in Darfur refugee camps. The JWW Summer Educational Toy Lift helped to create a bond between summer campers and children in the refugee camps to build empathy, sensitivity, and responsibility for the plight of the refugees. JWW collected 15,000 items through this initiative. The educational toys were delivered to several camps in North, South, and West Darfur by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).