By distributing sports equipment and play items, ReliefAid is building children’s resilience for a better future.
ReliefAid is a Kiwi humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing life saving and life changing supplies to children in refugee camps in northern Syria.
We are driven to improve children’s wellbeing and boost their resilience through game-playing and sports activities, which build resilience and provide crucial opportunities for social, physical and emotional development.
We have the expertise and experience needed to provide humanitarian assistance, having been doing so in Syria since 2015.
Thanks to generous Kiwi donors, ReliefAid is saving lives and supporting families caught up in armed conflict and natural disasters.
Childen in the camps in Syria are loving drawing and painting for the first time in their lives! 14 June 2022
Firstly, apologies for the delay in providing an update on BounceBack4Syria before now. The reality is that the first half of the year has been super busy – in a very good way.
The team who deliver the project with the children have just completed a 6-week project where they were in a camp Al Frosia three time a week. This camp was quite small by comparison to many others but over 60 families benefitted from the programme. Some of the children we worked with had been in camps for more than eight years and others had moved into this life in the past two or three years. Once again there was no school, the children didn’t really play with each other and their access to materials to play with came from a nearby dump. At the start of the project parents spoke of children displaying aggression and depression and we were thrilled to hear of positive behaviours having taken over through working together and the team play that happened.
We introduced a new aspect to the project with the inclusion of art activities. This was made possible with a donation of money for resources and time to help create art activities by an interested donor. Thank you so much. Offering these activities proved educational for us as many children hadn’t ever had the chance to put pen to paper let alone paint or pastels. It was also rewarding to see the concentration and enjoyment the children showed whilst working on their images. Check out the gallery for pictures. We definitely want to carry this element on in the next project due to start before the end of July.
Another highlight and aspect that has taken a lot of time this past 6 months is encouraging schools to learn about BounceBack4Syria. We are always grateful for their fundraising efforts and even more so by the opportunity to raise the awareness of our kiwi children of the circumstances facing many children in war zones. A big thank you to those who have held bake sales, mufti days and invited me in to speak. Please let others know that they too can get involved. Thank you also to those who have donated through this Give a Little page. All of the work I do is as a volunteer and your contributions go 100% to make this project happen in Syria.
While you are here check out the gallery and our latest video and enjoy the smiles
Kia ora Fabio, you are a star. Thank you so much for your donation. This project is going from strength to strength and the introduction of art activities has been eye opening. Many of these children have never had the chance to write and draw and on top of this they are getting exercise and learning how to get on with one another. I hope you are following our progress on Social Media as we are about to meet a new camp and a new set of children we can help. Please let others know that they too can help.
Hi Susan, thanks so much for supporting this project. We are seeing children transform as they go through this project and we are making it sustainable so that the camp carries on the good work into the future. Please let others know they too can help. Bernadette Education Manager
Your donation to BounceBack is so appreciated, as is your support of our work in Ukraine. Every donation means a family receiving a kit of balls and hula hoops and skipping ropes. If you have time check out the gallery of photos on Give a Little to see the smiles created by your donations. Bernadette – Education Manager
Thanks for your message of support and donation Julienne, and for supporting our other work. It is so heart-warming to see the difference we can make to the lives of these children - many whom have known nothing but war. Please let others know about this work and the more people we get supporting us the more children we can help. Bernadette – Education Manager
Thank you for supporting this initiative Judith along with supporting our other projects. This is quite a special one in that we are giving these children an opportunity to improve their wellbeing while having fun. I have posted images on the GiveaLittle photo gallery that will make you smile.