What We Do and Why

Tent Schools International comes alongside Christian leaders in refugee camps and other transitional areas to establish educational opportunity for children fleeing war, persecution and natural disaster.

Displaced communities exist around the globe, and half of displaced people are children. The United Nations estimates that there are up to 35 million displaced children worldwide.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) supply food, water and basic shelter, but most children seeking refuge do not have the opportunity to attend school. Most displaced children miss years of education.

Tent schools and other portable resources are efficient, effective ways to deliver education to displaced children, equipping them with the skills they need for life outside the camps.

We Welcome Refugees

Syrian refugee children display artwork at a shipping container school run by our partner in Lebanon.

We advocate for displaced children and their families through access to education and other welcoming initiatives, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality.  We prioritize school projects that can offer children tools to heal from the trauma of displacement and life in refugee camps.

We employ two strategies to help children

  • Establish tent schools where they are needed most
  • Empower displaced children through access to technology

Learn more about our strategy for serving children on the move, visit our FAQ page, or contact us. Together, we can meet this urgent, global need.

Impact in 2020

6 Countries: With your support, we provided schools and educational resources in six countries, in partnership with six organizations in Lebanon, Jordan, Tanzania, Nepal, India and the United States.

240 children: We delivered education to 240 children and youth experiencing displacement from Syria, Iraq, Burundi, Congo, Nepal and India.

50 devices for learning: We delivered 50 refurbished computers to resettled people in the United States and to educational organizations serving refugees abroad. (*In partnership with Comprenew)

With increased funding in 2021, we can serve more children with schools that heal. For every $10,000 raised, 50 more children can attend school again.


Tent Schools – We connect with in-country partners to fund educational programs in refugee camps and other transitional areas.

Technology – We create access to technology as an educational resource for displaced children and their families.

Where We Work

Map displays 2021-2022 partnerships. SCHOOLS: Jordan, Lebanon / TECHNOLOGY: Dominican Republic, Greece, United States


Structure and Affiliation

Tent Schools International is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose support depends solely on voluntary gifts from supporters. We are a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and are committed to financial integrity and good stewardship. We are also a member of the Barnabas Foundation for planned giving, and we are accredited for support by the Christian Reformed Church of North America. We have earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Each gift is a contribution to the mission of Tent Schools International and will be used to meet our most pressing needs.

Our History

Founded in 1987, Tent Schools International (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) used teacher training, volunteer construction teams and school/student sponsorship programs to serve our global partners, achieving these results:


48 nations involved in partner projects


1,500 teachers trained


175,000 students impacted


Our mission has always been to deliver education to children who are under-served, in Jesus’ name.