Since the war broke out in Syria in March 2011, there are many thousands of refugees living in refugee camps along the Syria's neighboring countries border which have been set up by the national and international NGO's and goverments to provide shelter, food and medical care. Rescue4Children have carried out field visits to assess the needs of Syrian refugee children, and have witnessed first hand the suffering of children exposed to war and conflict.
Of the many thousands of refugees living in the camps it is estimated that more than half are children. These children do not have access to their basic right of education and have very limited health and living facilities.
Some of the camps we visited had makeshift schools; teaching is provided by volunteer teachers using limited resources and attendance is voluntary, we estimate that about a quarter of the children attend school intermittently. The children (0 to 7 years) have no facilities to help them develop and grow at all.
We have identified a real need for play facilities for children to enable them to develop and grow. We have developed a system of play, music, art and drama therapies to make a real difference the children's lives and give them hope for a better future.