Christmas brings healing.

By now you may have seen our year-end theme, Schools that Heal, on the Tent Schools International website, mailings and on social media. This may seem like a bold statement, but the evidence shows there is healing taking place in our refugee schools. These “healings” may not be obvious, like physical healings, but they are […]

Interview with Berniz Constanza

Berniz Constanza’s life was forever changed by the bravery of her mother, and the generosity of a teacher. Berniz is the daughter of a woman who fled a civil war in Guatemala and found herself an undocumented immigrant with a small child in the United States. She had language barriers and did not know how […]

Healing Hearts and Minds

Tent schools offer more than education to displaced children. You’re not only educating kids seeking refuge, but with your support, you are healing their hearts and minds, clearing the way for in-depth learning, emotional health and spiritual growth. According to Save the Children, “In the last year alone refugee children have missed more than 700 […]

Khaled’s Story

Let me introduce you to my friend Khaled, who I met when I was working with refugee populations in Jordan. Khaled was nine years old when he arrived in Jordan with his mom and siblings, but without his dad, who was killed in front of him by ISIS. When I first met Khaled he was […]

Schools that Heal

“As they go through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84: 6-7) The Valley of Baca in biblical times meant “sorrow” or “tears” as pilgrims made their way […]

We’re sending them back to school.

The words have now been spoken in our house: “I’m bored. I can’t wait for school to start.” Yes, my children actually want to go back to school. Perhaps it’s a return to their friends or routine; anything seems better than hours without “something to do”. When I hear my kids longing for the return […]

Schools by Satellite

Resource-sharing helps T.V. educators develop a trauma-informed perspective Sat-7 is a Christian satellite television network broadcasting in Arabic, Persian and Turkish across 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The organization is distributing copies of Tent Schools International’s “Beyond PTSD” guide for educators to their staff in Lebanon as they put together broadcasts […]

Portable Education is Part of the Solution

TSI’s laptop program continues to grow in places like the U.S. and southeast Asia In 2018, portable education through technology has become increasingly important as the refugee crisis expands and more families are displaced by war and natural disasters. Tent Schools International supplies low-cost laptops for displaced youth as part of its LEAP program. To […]

A Teacher’s Perspective

Nivine Choaib is a tent-school teacher in Lebanon who digs through the layers of post-trauma in children every day. She says, “It takes time to help [them] adapt.” Lebanon is a small country on the western border of Syria that, despite its humble size, has accepted over one million refugees. Most of them are living […]

Blessings of Summer

The one, sure ritual around our house in summer was the twice-weekly walk to the local farmers’ market. Mom would inspect and negotiate around the fresh produce at her favorite stalls and then load up our red Radio Flyer wagon for the two-block walk home. Being city kids, we weren’t that close to the earth; […]