Tent Schools International

School feels like home to Maria

School feels like home to Maria May 7, 2024 Emily Klooster Ukraine Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism A 7th grader receives a warm welcome at a school in Ukraine. In 2022, Bucha, Ukraine was one of the first outlying areas of Kyiv taken by Russian forces. Academy of Wisdom serves families displaced […]

Former refugee brings education to his own in Tanzania

Former refugee brings education to his own in Tanzania May 7, 2024 Emily Klooster Tanzania Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism Norbert Mbwiliza is a former refugee working in the oldest refugee camp in the world. Founded in 1972, Katumba Camp in Tanzania is the oldest refugee camp in the world, hosting 84,000 […]

Field Report: the Israel-Hamas Conflict

Field Report: the Israel-Hamas Conflict April 23, 2024 Emily Klooster Jordan,Lebanon Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism Christian leaders pursue our mission at a personal cost Here is a glimpse of the work of Tent Schools International through a different lens: the lived experiences of our partners in the Middle East as they […]

New programs launch at Ukrainian school aiming to serve others

New programs launch at Ukrainian school to “serve others” February 20, 2024 Emily Klooster Ukraine Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism Academy of Wisdom moves from survival to service mode in Bucha This year, Academy of Wisdom in Bucha, Ukraine continued to operate with students attending in person. Today, 178 children study there, […]

Jordan is a relatively safe haven for schools in the Middle East

Jordan is a relatively safe haven in the Middle East February 6, 2024 Emily Klooster Jordan Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism Despite protests in Jordanian streets over the Israel-Hamas conflict, Jordan remains a relatively safe location in the Middle East. Marka Education Center (formerly Good Shepherd Center) continues to serve 130 Iraqi […]

Israel-Hamas conflict impacts Lebanon, but schools remain safe

Israel-Hamas conflict impacts Lebanon, but schools are still havens there January 23, 2024 Emily Klooster Lebanon Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism Schools are an opportunity to lean in, not check out As we sat in a recent staff meeting to discuss the latest Middle Eastern conflict, Scott Vander Kooy, TSI President, said, […]

Letters from Bucha: teachers working amidst conflict send stories of struggle and gratitude

Letters from Bucha: teachers working amidst conflict send stories of struggle and gratitude November 16, 2023 Emily Klooster Ukraine Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism The Russian invasion of Ukraine forced students and staff at Academy of Wisdom in Bucha to scatter and later regroup as they resumed classes. Here are notes of […]

A brighter future for Syrian girls: an interview with teacher Salam A.

A brighter future for Syrian girls: an interview with teacher Salam Al-Masri October 19, 2023 Emily Klooster Lebanon Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism An interview with Salam A., a teacher at our mobile school in Lebanon, reveals passion, heartache and hope for the future. Salam A. was only 16 when she fled […]

Creativity and connection fuel healing for refugee kids in Jordan

Creativity and connection fuel healing for refugee kids in Jordan October 5, 2023 Emily Klooster Jordan Our goals: Promoting peace Providing opportunity Countering extremism When asked what she thinks Principal Dawlat Hijazeen’s strengths are, TSI’s Rawan Haddad isn’t sure where to begin. “She has so many gifts. She’s patient, she can listen and understand anyone. […]

Kids with unique needs will learn in a customized classroom

Kids with unique needs will learn in a customized classroom August 10, 2023 Emily Klooster Jordan Displaced Iraqi students will now have a place to land, with customized approaches to their education. A newly-outfitted classroom is almost ready at Good Shepherd Center, a Christian school serving displaced Iraqi students in Jordan. TSI donors recently funded this […]