About the Challenge

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Students Rebuild partnered with the International Rescue Committee and Global Nomads Group to help Syrian youth from conflict areas recover from crisis and grow into happy, healthy adults. For each pinwheel you sent in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2—up to $400,000—to IRC’s Healing Classrooms program. 

Since the civil war began, nearly 11 million Syrians have fled their homes. Of those, more than four million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries of Lebanon, Northern Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. Nearly six million children have been affected by their country’s civil war and on average, it takes 17 years for most refugees to return home. This means millions of Syrian children will likely spend most—or all—of their childhood as refugees.

Even though the Syrian struggle seems overwhelming, we can take action and see change for children! Deepen your learning and about the Syrian refugee crisis and connect with beneficiaries of the Challenge through our webcast and free learning resources and tools.

The International Rescue Committee distributed a selection of pinwheels to Healing Classrooms students in Lebanon and Iraq. The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles is featuring more of the pinwheels you made in an art installation co-created with youths in Seattle. Funding generated by the Challenge is helping to train teachers in special techniques to engage conflict-affected children with social-emotional learning opportunities and to create secure, nurturing learning environments. Learn more about Healing Classrooms

Questions? Visit our Healing Classrooms Challenge FAQ page.