BACKPACK & SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Why Many Refugee Children Don’t Attend School
Kids just want to be kids! They don’t know that their future will require them to make important life decisions and for millions of refugee children, most likely find a way just to survive.
The clock starts ticking the moment God gives them life. Refugee children will learn
Refugees have had to leave their home due to war and violence. These kids struggle with physical and emotional scars that will never leave them.
With little to no psychological help, these children will face a much tougher FUTURE unless several things happen, and much of it boils down to whether or not they receive education:
CHILDREN NEED TO ATTEND PRIMARY SCHOOL: These formative years shape children’s views of themselves, their family and the world. During primary school, children should learn to read and write and develop basic math skills to name just a few critical foundations. In third world countries, many children struggle just to get in the door of a primary school to start their education.
Refugee children face even more obstacles to the education they deserve. They must learn to read and write in their native language and then they most likely will need to learn to speak, read and write in another one to three additional languages of their host countries just to make a passing grade!
CHILDREN MUST HAVE A CHANCE TO STAY IN SCHOOL AND GRADUATE: More unsettling stats: The enrollment rate for refugee children in secondary level for 2019-2020 stood only at 34%*.
ALMOST 70% OF REFUGEE CHILDREN DROP OUT OF SCHOOL AFTER 6TH GRADE!
In Iraq this is a well known, and many of the 18-20 year old refugees and IDPS (internally displaced persons) are functionally illiterate.
THE LONGER CHILDREN STAY IN SCHOOL THE BETTER!
IMI team members tirelessly work with children in our Child Sponsorship Program encouraging the children with their school work. IMI also helps and encourages young adults in the Middle East to go back and graduate even though it’s a tough road it will open doors for jobs.
A high school diploma has a strong value in the United States, just think about what the implications are for a young person who has no country? As a refugee, his or her future is already at high risk!
WHAT HAPPENS TO REFUGEE CHILDREN WHO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY? Illiteracy and poor education open the wrong doors in any country. Doors that often lead to drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, exploitation, sex trafficking and recruitment by terrorist organizations. Doors that also slam shut to a future of hope, further education and job opportunities to be able to climb out of poverty.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE A HUGE PART OF THE SOLUTION!! Education of refugee children is multi-faceted, yet one basic fact remains: A child who has access to a school and no access to school supplies will not receive an education.
Even the most caring teachers turn children away from their classrooms because the child does not have school supplies. Most public schools in the Middle East do not have text books; the children must have a way to write the lessons down.
A backpack filled with school supplies means a child’s parents can send them to school even though they may be illiterate themselves. Their child will have a chance for a better future!
Indigenous Ministries has been helping children with backpacks and school supplies since 1998. We began in India and are now also working in the Middle East with thousands of refugee and internally displaced children.
We also work with children who are not refugees or IDPS – children who are impoverished and whose families otherwise would have no means to send their children to school.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: IMI national teams do all the work on the ground and all we ask of you is that you consider a gift to help 1, 2 or 10 children! Suggested amount is $85/child.
HOW MUCH? Suggested amount is $85 per child. This covers a backpack filled with school supplies. Supplies include pencils, pens, notebooks (most schools do not have school books and the children write the lessons in these thin notebooks), erasers, glue, safe scissors, colored pencils or crayons, etc. Supplies vary per country and area. Your $85 also helps provide a school uniform.
SHOULD I MAIL A BACKPACK TO IRAQ? No, it is more cost effective for IMI teams to purchase supplies wholesale in-country. Why not put the postage money to work with another backpack? We also like to support local businesses since Indigenous Ministries teams are ever present in these communities; this speaks volumes of our commitment to the community. IMI teams purchase all backpacks and school supplies overseas and the children receive the backpack in person. Vouchers to local shops are provided for school uniforms. This amount also covers transportation and distribution expenses.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY – WHY WAIT? THE NEED IS URGENT! We distribute most of the backpacks in the fall of each year, when school starts, but new refugees arrive weekly and we always have thousands of children outside our Child Sponsorship Program in need. Your monies donated to this fund will be used for this purpose.
Is $85 too much? Then please give what you can. Your gift will matter to the child who puts his or her brand new backpack on with pride.
Donate today as generous an amount as you are able. Your gift will change the life of a child in the Middle East this year!
Thank you for caring for us!!!
Learn more about sponsoring a child through Indigenous Ministries here. We’ve helped thousands of children since 1998 and love doing so!