Connecting the Diaspora to the Homeland
When our community became displaced in the Summer of 2014, many people left their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some, who were able to take their passports, money and jewelry had it confiscated at an ISIS checkpoint. Too many families with many children arrived with nothing. Until today, many children still have not returned to school. Sometimes, children hardly understand what is going on. Other times, they amaze us by their understanding. Since Shlama began, we have helped establish a kindergarten, furnished other schools, provided toys, provided learning materials, started the Sandooqa'd Santa (Santa's Box) annual event, and taken children out of tent/caravan communities and other displacement centers for days of pure fun. Their smiles and their future are the reason we need to continue our mission.