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 […]

In Memory of George Floyd: Bearing witness to the pain of our nation

Over the past several days, we have been moved by the power and conviction of the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death on a Minneapolis street on May 25. We have been especially moved by the 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence observed to feel the time it took for a police officer’s knee […]

Computer grant program offers free laptops for schooling at home

Tent Schools International, in partnership with Comprenew, has made major changes to an existing technology mission to  help individuals and families who are not equipped with adequate devices to continue their education at home through pandemic school closures. Our partner Comprenew is a non-profit electronics recycler that refurbishes computers for resale. Our partnership with Comprenew […]

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, […]

Iraqis reclaim symbol of faith that ISIS used to target them

As the Good Shepherd Center staff worked with children, they quickly saw that parents needed help. Most of them were in shock from leaving behind the homes and communities that had been home to various Christian sects for centuries. Often they were too devastated to know how to begin helping their children. Principal Dawlat Hijazeen […]

School provides hope for families who are afraid to return to their homeland

Five years ago, Iraqi Christians began flowing into Jordan to get ahead of ISIS as it swept into northern Iraq. The families had faced an ultimatum from ISIS: convert or die. They did neither. Instead they headed to Jordan, where they found themselves in a peculiar bind. They were not technically refugees, so they were […]