Challenge For Refugee Children
For over a decade now, refugee families have been living the unbearable; Coldness, gloominess, sickness, hungriness, cruelness, darkness, and homelessness.
Nothing clear about their tomorrow. They’re living their days, day by day, towards the unknown, carrying an intolerable load of fear.“ What else is there for those refugees in the dimness of the future.”.
In the midst of all this chaos, children are the most vulnerable category likely to face exploitation of all its obnoxious forms.
Children refugees are exposed to a list of hardships, whether they are internally displaced, in camps at the borders, or even within the refugee-hosting countries.
Here is a shortlist of the most common challenges that refugee children are facing constantly;
- Harassment in all its forms, including sexual harassment.
- Child labor is due to their financial needs to keep themselves and their family barely alive.
- Child abuse marriage.
- Educational hardships. Whether being bullied at the refugee-hosting countries’ schools or never having access to education in the first place on the on-borders-camps.
- Integration. The lack of awareness of the delicate humanitarian cases of refugee children made the hosting-countries-schools and communities unable to reach out and help those children achieve a healthy level of integration.
- Interaction. Almost every refugee child has gone through a trauma that made them unable to reach out and communicate with others. Most children are suffering from a mental disorder or a physical sickness that made them incapable of practicing healthy interaction with others around them.
Refugee Children Lacking Support in Education
Education is an essential key to achieving those core goals for refugee children and families;
- A secure life.
- A safe environment to grow up in.
- Healthy conditions to live in.
- Awareness of their surroundings.
- Achieving healthy and meaningful interaction with others around them.
Through the years of conflict, many refugee children could not reach education. Recently, many organizations responsible for educational projects for refugee children are raising awareness towards their educational programs to encourage donations to help more children enroll in the educational project program.
There have been individual support and sponsorship for refugee children. However, according to the increasing numbers of refugee children and youth, the number of sponsors and support fronts must increase as well.
All forms of donations are important. To keep the sustainability of the educational projects, private, public, and governmental sectors, organizations, along with charities and other educational parties, have come together, uniting their efforts to make these academic programs more consistent and stable.
All these parties aim to sponsor as many refugee students as possible. And enable them to finish their educational journey obstacle-free. Because only then those refugee children and youth will have the knowledge and the power to stand up for themselves and their families and make better choices for their lives and for the communities they are part of later on in the near future.
“Every child has the right to live free from violence, exploitation, and abuse.”
UNICEF — Child Protection.
UNICEF works in more than 150 countries to protect children from violence, exploitation, and abuse.
A few of the essential protection objectives set by UNICEF — Child Protection are;
- To ensure that children, girls, and boys, are safe wherever they live, learn, and play.
- To ensure that children with special needs receive targeted support.
- To strengthen the capacity of children to participate in their own protection.
- To give girls and boys child-friendly access to asylum, refugee, other legal procedures, and essential documents.
Today, refugees are not only the responsibility of UNICEF, UNHCR, and the U.N. organizations. It is literally the responsibility of each one of us.
Many sectors today, public or private, are responding to the organizations in charge in giving donations for support and sponsoring refugee families, children, and refugee students.
Today, our mission is to partner with governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and communities to prevent violence against children. Maintain regular donations flow to provide a sustainable academic process for refugee children.
Education will empower those children to know their rights and to participate in protecting themselves from abuse of all kinds.
We as a community need to realize the importance of education for refugee children. Donations that we give, whether as individuals, sectors, charities, civil society organizations, and communities, are crucial to help us provide refugee families and their children with better living conditions and give them better options to live their lives.
Children in Need
Wars and armed conflicts have created much damage and massive crises all over.
Families who found themselves obliged to flee their homes overnight have left their entire lives behind them. Millions of children are missing their basic needs; nutrition, health care, education, playing, and safety.
The importance of donations that we are raising global awareness of can enable us, among many other organizations, charities, civil-society community, and other parties involved, to let refugee children have access to their basic needs. Which are;
- A good nutrition routine.
- Health care and medical services.
- Emotional, mental, and physical support.
- Educational support and school enrollment.
In addition to providing financial support to the refugee families to help them cover their basic needs if possible.
Sponsor a Special Needs Child
Sponsoring a special needs child can give the child hope for a better life. Many children, unfortunately, have lost their physical ability due to the loss of their organs or body parts.
It is hard enough for refugee children to suffer the symptoms of the trauma they lived through. Sadly, many kids diagnosed as special needs children have more than one issue to deal with.
Some have lost one or both of their parents, and others have witnessed the death of a family member or a close friend. This kind of trauma is never easy to overcome. The emotional and mental outcomes are unbearable for any person. Now try to imagine this on a child!! What does it feel like?
Donations can do a lot in refugees’ lives. But caring for a special needs child and sponsoring them can literally turn their lives around.
How Can I Help Refugee Families in Childcare?
By supporting a refugee family or sponsoring one if you have the ability to do so.
What is Happening to Refugee Children?
Refugee children are dealing with;
– Mental and emotional disorders.
– Physical and psychosocial illnesses.
– After trauma side-effects.
– Physical disabilities.
– Lack of nutrition and health care.
What Challenges Do a Child Refugee Face?
1- Sexual harassment.
2- Child labor.
3- Child abuse marriage.
4- Educational hardships and bullying.
5- Weak integration.
6- Lack of interaction.
How Does a Refugee Get Food?
By organizations such as; WFP, the Food Assistance Program, or through regular donations for different parties and individuals who are interested in being part of the donations program.
How Can I Help Child Refugees, and how can I sponsor a refugee child?
You can choose a child according to their age group and choose to either financially sponsor that child or support one or more of their essential needs.