Sometimes, all you need is a good time and the relief of a smile! This past month, NuDay hosted celebrations for Syrian children to remind them that happiness is the best medicine. As part of NuDay's Ramadan campaign, kids - especially young girls - partook in activities like face painting, where they let their imaginations soar as they waited to see what cool design they would receive (or request). They also received cards with small gifts to bring smiles to their faces.
We wouldn't be able to do our work without you, so thank you for your continued support as we empower futures together! One Person at a Time, One Humanity Closer.
Syria's children are labelled "the lost generation" - a generation exposed to a world of injustice, childhoods stripped away prematurely, no future in sight. NuDay has been working proactively to prevent this, building opportunities for children to learn, build a new vision for their older selves, and be children once again.
The Future Generation Iniatitive does just this. By ensuring that Syria's young girls have the opportunity to obtain an education, NuDay transforms the future into one with hope and happiness. Young girls supported by NuDay learn to dream big and dream often, sharing those visions with each other and building on another up. Together, they learn the value of empowering one another.
Nine year old Asma dreams of one day becoming a doctor like her dad: "Being a doctor saves lives and I want to make sure everyone can be healthy and happy."
Despite living through a war, Asma (and others girls her age) is dreaming big. Asma spends her free time poring over books, absorbing any and all information that she can. To Asma, the chance to go to school is the chance to work towards her dreams and build her future: one where she is a strong female doctor, paving the way for a healthier society.
Your continued support goes to ensure that girls like Asama have the keys to reach their dreams, building new opportunities for their futures.
Access to education is a human right - and NuDay is working to secure it for each and every Syrian child. In the midst of COVID, this has meant adapting schools and education to fit with commuity needs. Some ways NuDay has done this is through minimizing in-person classes to accomdate smaller group sizes, allowing for socially distanced learning. Students are also provided with the tools to self-educate in instances where in-person classes are unfeasible. This includes self-guided school books, stationary, and learning materials.
The COVID pandemic has a stronger impact on girls and women. NuDay is rapidly working to close the gap and ensure that female students are prioritized to ensure that their futures are as bright as ever.
The past few months have been a whirlwind, to say the least. We saw the onset of a pandemic that resulted in quarantines internationally and left vulnerable people more vulnerable than ever before; the expanded impact of famine in Yemen, where people regularly struggle to find food on a regular basis; and then the Beirut explosion caused even more despair in Lebanon, leaving many homeless and many more refugees displaced yet again.
In Syria, NuDay has been working to mitigate social distancing measures since April. NuDay's in-person programming was scaled down to ensure that participants minimized possible spreading. For our education programming, this meant that smaller class sizes were initially utilized. This fall, however, numbers of COVID cases rose. As a result, education activities have been limited to home teaching. Students are provided with school supplies and text books, and are visited on a regular basis by staff to ensure that they understand the material and continue to progress.
Even with the virus, we will not put education on the backburner.
Thank you for your ongoing support in this tough time.
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