Weary teachers and moms put best faces forward to students through a difficult spring

In Jordan, this spring has been a repeat of last spring — but more devastating. A year ago, Jordan was a bright spot in coronavirus prevention measures. The nation shut down early and kept cases low while the United State and Europe erupted with infections. Fast forward to this spring, and the nation is once […]

Syrian refugees and their Lebanese hosts struggle through a dark winter

Look ahead to news in the coming months about our new venture to create a classroom on the back of a cargo truck! The concept art (right) shows the potential to create learning space in the cargo box. The cargo truck project is one bright spot in a bleak time for Syrian refugees and their […]

Enrollment and class offerings increase despite the pandemic

  The drive to support refugee families never stops at the Good Shepherd Center. The staff at the school in Jordan worked through their Christmas break to plan the semester ahead and assemble desperately needed food baskets for students and their families. Staff members couldn’t wait to see their students in person when they made […]

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When Covid-19 is behind us, they will heal through play therapy and childhood joy

Imagine missing the childhood delight of a day at the beach. Many Syrian refugee children live within two hours of the Mediterranean Sea, yet most of them have never been there. Many of their parents have not been the sea either. A field trip and other chances to have fun create a lasting impact in […]

Donations for cargo truck classroom will be doubled!

  Educating refugees in Lebanon is tough. The chief challenge has been stable locations. On more than one occasion, we set up a shipping container school in a refugee camp, and then the camp moved or was disbanded a few months later. To eliminate the risk of being upended, we plan to purchase and equip […]

Relief efforts needed as pandemic squeezes refugee families

The relatively small nations of Jordan and Lebanon kept the coronavirus from spreading widely in the first several months of the pandemic. Students enjoyed mask-free classes in September because cases were largely contained over the summer. The tight control ended in the last half of October. Cases continue to skyrocket. Jordan, a nation of ten […]

With celebration, students start year in school … then go back to learning at home

Students at the Good Shepherd Center couldn’t wait to be back together again when the school reopened in late August for the start of a new year. Just like children in the United States, they and their families were thrilled that they could return to school after months of pandemic-induced isolation and the frustration of […]

Syrian refugees struggle amid virus, upheaval

For the last ten years, shipping container schools have been a staple of educational access in refugee camps. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to set up. Once they are wired for electricity and internet access, they just need chairs, tables, and children. But sometimes, a temporary school is too permanent to keep up with […]

Denomination renews long-standing support for educational mission

GRAND RAPIDS — Tent Schools International has been renewed as an Accredited Nondenominational Agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. This means the denomination endorses Tent School International for support by congregations and individual members. Organizations with the CRCNA endorsement are selected because their work is closely related to the denomination’s integral work […]