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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Interview with Berniz Constanza

Berniz Constanza’s life was forever changed by the bravery of her mother, and the generosity of a teacher. Berniz is the daughter of a woman who fled a civil war in Guatemala and found herself an undocumented immigrant with a small child in the United States. She had language barriers and did not know how […]

Schools by Satellite

Resource-sharing helps T.V. educators develop a trauma-informed perspective Sat-7 is a Christian satellite television network broadcasting in Arabic, Persian and Turkish across 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The organization is distributing copies of Tent Schools International’s “Beyond PTSD” guide for educators to their staff in Lebanon as they put together broadcasts […]

Portable Education is Part of the Solution

TSI’s laptop program continues to grow in places like the U.S. and southeast Asia In 2018, portable education through technology has become increasingly important as the refugee crisis expands and more families are displaced by war and natural disasters. Tent Schools International supplies low-cost laptops for displaced youth as part of its LEAP program. To […]

African Center Empowers Students with Technology

A partnership between Tent Schools International (TSI) and the African Resource Center is supplying laptops to re-settled students in Grand Rapids, Michigan through TSI’s LEAP program, expanding learning opportunities for 25 students so far. “The laptop partnership with TSI has opened up a great opportunity for us to address a problem in our community: apathy […]