September 29, 2016
Our education program focused on one aspect of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis: the experiences of women and girls. According to the Women’s Refugee Commission “When humanitarian crises occur, women and girls’ inequality exacerbates their vulnerability. But, when we treat displacement as an opportunity rather than a problem, refugee women and girls can transform their lives and their communities.” (Women’s Refugee Commission). Christina Kennedy, Director of Communications, from
Narenj Tree (www.narenjtree.org) spoke about the lives of Syrian women and girls in refugee camps and how Narenj Tree helps alleviate some of the pain and suffering of displaced people.
Narenj Tree is a 3 year old 501c3 organization founded by Renata and Nizar Alkurdi a Syrian/Polish family in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Their mission is to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to displaced communities. Their initiatives include sending shipping containers with basic supplies, promoting education and provided school supplies, as well as Medical Supplies. They have impacted refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.