Dear members of the community, supporters and friends, With the arrival of a New Year, comes an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the year that has passed and welcome the possibility of the year that is yet to unfold. Last year we faced COVID-19, in which many...
How IDRF is supporting education around the world
Access to education is vital to create sustainable, strong and resilient communities prepared to thrive in even the most challenging circumstances. Despite being an inherent human right, millions of children around the world are denied access to quality education. Even in emergencies, the need for education is a priority as it creates opportunities for children and youth to develop. Children displaced from their homes living in refugee camps and settlements due to conflict, environmental stressors and political instability are particularly vulnerable. They are at high risk for violence, child labor, child marriages, prostitution, child trafficking and recruitment as child soldiers. Education can often provide protection against such abuses.
IDRF implements educational programming in countries where it is largely inaccessible. Through strong partnerships with local grassroots organizations, our work in education is diverse, innovative and meets the most immediate needs of each community.
In Turkey, we operate schools for 200 Syrian refugees that escaped an unending civil war. In Gaza, IDRF supports one of the largest educational centers in the country, providing over 12,500 children and youth with programming in visual arts, science, technology and literacy. In Pakistan, we reformed one of Karachi’s largest all girls’ schools, transforming the lives of 900 young girls with access to academic and co-curricular programming. In India, IDRF is operating an all-boys school and boarding facility providing 300 orphaned and homeless boys with an education, meals and boarding.
This pandemic has emptied classrooms, silenced gymnasiums, cancelled field trips and postponed graduation ceremonies. As sad as these images and realities are, they are temporary. However, the education young people will access lasts forever. By supporting one child, one teacher, or one after school program, you are supporting an entire community through the educational development of its people and instilling a collective optimism for families like Reshma Harrison’s.
Sabrina Natale is a Program Manager at the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF). Sabrina currently manages a diverse portfolio of sustainable development and humanitarian relief projects across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. During her time at IDRF, Sabrina has led a number of new initiatives including the design and implementation of targeted impact reporting assessments and designing IDRF’s education in emergencies programming in Somalia and Bangladesh. Prior to joining IDRF in 2018, Sabrina worked with the NATO Association of Canada (NAOC) as a junior researcher and with Doctors Without Borders within the programming unit.
Laura Buckley has faced hardships: After six years as a senior clerk at a digital media firm, her employer eliminated her position in a round of cutbacks. Around the same time, she discovered she was pregnant. Soon Laura became a single mother who needed to earn an...