Children are the fragile victims of this catastrophic war in Syria, which is having a devastating effect on their education. “Saving their childhood is an education priority. However what is being done in this field remains poor and insufficient,” says Mgr Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus. The destruction of hundreds of schools has forced the regrouping of students in the remaining schools, so a class intended for 28 pupils now accommodates 50 – 60 children of mixed abilities. Many of them are far below the level of education normal for their age; they had to miss months or even years of school as it was too dangerous to leave their homes.
During Lent this year, ACN Malta is taking up the challenge of raising funds for an education project in Damascus, which is currently facing one of the worst bombings in this tragic war. It will provide scholarships for the poorest children and home teaching support for those who are failing at school because of overcrowded classrooms and lack of resources.
We are asking schools and youth organisations in Malta and Gozo to help us raise €6000 to assist struggling students in Damascus. As part of our fundraising, Maltese schoolchildren are invited to make sacrifices and give up sweets, crisps or drinks for a week (or even a day) during Lent and with the money saved they can help other children in Syria. Even the smallest donation will bring us closer to our target. We hope that thousands of Maltese children will participate- even if they only donate 1euro or less each – and help us reach our fundraising goal.
To simplify the logistics and save on administration costs, schools can help us by collecting the money donated by pupils and send a cheque to ACN Malta.
The response has been encouraging and we hope that many schools and youth organisations will join others throughout Malta and Gozo who have already agreed to raise funds to help Damascus schoolchildren.
If your school or organisation would like to participate, we have posters to encourage children to take part. For posters or more information on this campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org