Food deliveries and phone calls from the teacher become the norm amid pandemic

Tent communities erected on farmland in eastern Lebanon created many challenges over the years because they are far removed from schools, jobs, and medical facilities. Now, the distance from Lebanon’s coastal cities protects the thousands of Syrian refugees who live there. At press time, the tent city served by our partner in Lebanon, had no […]

Empty classrooms, heavy hearts as Jordan shuts down to fight pandemic

Leading up to the Covid-19 crisis, the Good Shepherd Center in Jordan prepared their 72 students and families. Before schools were shut down, teachers instructed students on health hygiene so that children know to cover their coughs, wash their hands and wipe all surfaces. After schools were closed three weeks ago, staff spent three days […]

Our work continues despite global pandemic

We trust you are well in this unprecedented global crisis. We wanted to let you know that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt by our partner schools in the same ways that we are experiencing the effects here in the United States. In the Middle East, daily life has been put on […]

Quick, easy wins spark love of learning among refugees

Joseph Milan wants to reignite a love of learning in the Syrian refugee children who attend his shipping container school in Lebanon. In nine years of working with Syrian refugees, the Lebanese pastor knows how children and families, quite understandably, give up. The living conditions in tent cities are harsh through scorching heat in summer […]

Inside a shipping container school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The needs are both monumental and profoundly simple for the organizations serving Syrian refugees in central Lebanon. In Joseph Milan’s case, it comes down to a heater. The gregarious Lebanese pastor runs a language school in the Bekaa Valley in central Lebanon near the Syrian border. While the coast of Lebanon experiences warm Mediterranean winters, […]

Last living TSI founder: The work began with a prayer in India

Schools began with a prayer and were funded in part through resale shops Cancer couldn’t stop Janet Pofahl from traveling to India in late 1986. The former missionary was only a few weeks into recovery from an extensive surgery that removed cancer from her large intestine. Still, her doctor cleared her to board a plane […]

We Grieve a Loss in the TSI Family

Dear Tent Schools Family,  It is with heavy hearts that we share news of a loss to the Tent Schools International family. On Monday, we lost Dale Dieleman, who served Tent Schools International for 21 years. His last role with us was as executive director. He retired a few months ago because of health problems, […]

Equip a Student with Technology

A Direct Opportunity through LEAP Technology remains an important part of education today. TSI’s LEAP program was built around the need for affordable computers for classrooms and after-school programs that equip resettled students in both the United States and displaced kids abroad to access the same educational resources as their peers. Now, LEAP is transiting […]

Nature as Therapy

The newly available Nature as Therapy guide by occupational therapist Jessica Roost is the third in a series of trauma-informed guides published by Tent Schools International and available on Amazon.com. The guide suggests that the outdoors may be the most effective classroom, especially for children who have experienced trauma or who are struggling with attention […]

Meet Our Executive Director

Emily Klooster is not exactly new; she has been with Tent Schools International (TSI) 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 living simply, human rights, travel, music, books […]