Helping Hands is a group of 18 to 25 year-olds that helps to educate 1,500 Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon. An estimated 1.7 million Syrians are officially registered as refugees. Amirah Abdulla, is a senior who is hoping to travel and volunteer with this organization.
The overall objective of this group is to raise enough money to support around 50 children or more if possible. To support one child for one month totals close to $60. It costs $720 to support the child for a year. Additionally, the members of Helping Hands plan to raise enough money to provide the refugee children an education by building schools and supplying books and other necessary learning materials.
The group of Helping Hands has a goal to raise as much money as possible to support those children by Oct. 20. The group will host a dinner, to act as a fundraiser for the cause. In January, the people in helping hands will go to Jordan and buy everything that the children need for their school supplies.
“Basically this is so that kids don’t have to have a job at 15 to support their families,” Abdulla said. “And they don’t get to have an education because they have to work.”
Students who are five years old are in the same classroom with 15-16 year olds, leaning the same curriculum.
“This is really tough on students and we want to help them to have grade levels like we do,” said Abdulla.