SIS News Archive
Shekou International School students, staff and even the Shekou community have reached out to help those in need. Children in first grade used their math project to create quilts for refugees. In fact, the quilts in the photo below that the children are holding came from this project. Our Bayside students and teachers contributed by knitting hats. Our project even reached a Grandma in Spain, my sister and friends in New Zealand and a student's neighbor in Shekou.
Our global project resulted in 240 hats being delivered last year to Zatari Camp on the border of Jordan and Syria - these hats came from UNIS in NYC as well as SIS. While I was in Amman, 80 hats were given to ACS, to help them raise funds for their own Crayons for Kids drive, so coloring books and crayons can be handed out by HS students to children at the biggest refugee registration center in that city.
I then visited a wonderful ground roots organization called CRP (Collateral Repair Project) who are a registered small non profit organization with the United States. They have a house in Eastern Amman - an area where most of the urban refugees can afford to live - in pretty basic conditions.
The CRP Center brings the refugee families together and has a close community feel. In fact, those families who visit, rely on food, clothing, heating oil and hygiene supplies from the center, as it's illegal for them to work in Jordan. The CRP does so much more than distribute basic supplies, but they are dependent on grants and donations to keep the center alive.
I was able to deliver 192 hats over two days. So what started off as "100 Hats for the Refugee Children of Syria" ended up being over 500 hats for the Refugee Children in Jordan. It's a great feeling to see a project all the way through and that's what I want for my students who did the work and continue to do it.
All week I felt the goodness of the Jordanian people and those working to help the refugees. I met kindness everywhere - at ACS, within the CRP Center, from the Wadi Rum guide Musalam and from my driver Mahir and his good friend Ahmed.
- Rosana Walsh, G6 Humanities