Meet Our Executive Director

Emily Klooster is not exactly new; she has been with Tent Schools International since 2005 leading print and digital communications. She is now our Executive Director, overseeing TSI’s administration, programs and strategic plan. Emily is also involved in fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. She is passionate about minimalism (“less, but better”), human rights and equity, […]

A 21-Year Odyssey

In May of 2018, our Executive Director, Dale Dieleman, encountered a respiratory health issue that is now causing him to step down from his current role at Tent Schools International. After 21 years of service to our organization, we are deeply grateful to Dale for his friendship, his passion and his efforts toward pursuing the […]

Meet our Newest Staff Member: Rawan Haddad

Tent Schools International welcomes Rawan Haddad as Development Director Tent Schools International (TSI) is thrilled to welcome Rawan Haddad as our newest staff member! Rawan will serve in the role of Development Director for TSI. Rawan, her husband Salah, and their two boys are from Jordan, where the family spent four years working with Syrian […]

We’re hiring

Tent Schools International is hiring for the position of Development Director. Join our team! POSITION SUMMARY: The Development Director is responsible to communicate the mission, programs and impact of TSI to various constituencies and to successfully solicit contributions of time, money and other resources to support the ministry.     ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Communicate […]

The Circle of Friends

You can be part of the solution. Our Circle of Friends provide consistent support for the mission of Tent Schools International by giving $25 or more monthly. Consistent support is the backbone of every effective mission. At TSI, our Circle of Friends keep our doors open and our ministry humming. They are the reason we […]

Expansion into Tanzania

Take a look at these two children. We see obvious differences in ethnicity, gender and age. The young girl on the left is from Syria. The little boy on the right calls the East African country of Burundi his home. Still, they do have something in common. Both are living in places that are foreign […]

Join Our Team

FULL-TIME BOOKKEEPER POSITION OPENING Growing and established Grand Rapids-based non-profit organization is looking for a full-time bookkeeper. Duties Maintain accurate financial records and donation tracking Send donation receipts and “thank you” notes to donors Create weekly donation reports for internal staff use Prepare bank deposits and post cash receipts Code vendor invoices and input into […]

Gratitude from Lebanon

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON – A tent school in a Syrian refugee camp in Bekaa Valley is educating children because of your support. Seventy-five children in Lebanon, refugees of the civil war in neighboring Syria, will be able to attend school because of the support of donors to Tent Schools International (TSI) in 2016. The goal […]

#GivingTentsDay – 11.29.16

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. “Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.” (GivingTuesday.org) At Tent Schools […]

Welcome to Our Board!

Berniz Constanza recently joined our Board of Directors! We’re proud of her contribution to our community through her work at a local school, as well as her widening influence as part of Tent Schools International. We welcome Berniz to our leadership team! Berniz is Kent School Services Network (KSSN) Community School Coordinator at Gerald R. […]