#Children4Peace: Remembering the children of the Syrian conflict
#children4peace event was a terrific success.
Well over a hundred children from throughout Dublin came together to express their solidarity with their Syrian counter-parts. They did so in an atmosphere of positivity and hope recognising that children of conflict need to be told that they have not been forgotten by the outside world
Human Appeal is one of the few Irish charities that continues to give assistance throughout Syria. We distribute food aid and direct material support to families on the ground as well as for the educational and medical needs of some of the millions of displaced Syrians.
A variety of fun events were organised for the children while adults had the opportunity to see the work of the charity's aid projects. Staff and volunteers who have been to the troubled region were also on hand to explain the work we do there. The event was also attended by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Councillor Deirdre Donnelly (Ind).
We would like to thank sponsors of the event who included ArtZone who kindly donated art packs worth €100 each to some lucky attendees, as well as Dundrum Stationary who gave a generous discount on the art materials. We would also like to thank Eamon of Mount Merrion Community Centre for all his help.
In Syria, there are over 5.5 million children who have been displaced by the country's civil war. Aid agencies like Human Appeal do their best, with the help of our donors, to make the lives of these children more bearable by providing them with food, shelter and medical aid. We also strive to give the children a taste of a normal childhood. We support the children by providing them with a safe and comforting environment where they can have as much fun as possible despite their terrible circumstances.
One of the kindest things that we in Ireland can do is to show these children that we care. The conflict in Syria has reached it’s fourth year and we want to let the children of Syria know that we have not forgotten them!
To express this direct connection with the children of Syria, children attending the #children4peace event decorated a quilt which will be presented to the students of a school supported by Human Appeal. The quilt, decorated with hand-prints and messages of support, will be included in the next of the charity’s regular shipments of aid to Syria. Human Appeal hopes that this will demonstrate solidarity and give hope to the children who have suffered so terribly from the conflict.
Our staff who have been to our partner schools were able to tell the stories of the wonderful children that they met on their field trips, emphasising the positive spirit of the children who are the hope for the future. e artwork and heartfelt messages that will be gifted to one of our partner schools in the Syrian Refugee camps. Despite our physical distance, we can share our love and understanding with the children in Syria. This event also raised €1,000 for the schools to pay for teachers and to buy basic needs such as pens and copybooks.
There was plenty of other fun activities such as henna tattooing, food stalls, face painting, magic shows, a penalty shootout with prizes and the opportunity for the grown-ups to chat and relax over tea, coffee and refreshments.