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5 ways you and your kids can help Syrian refugee children

Syrian refugees, syrian family, children in refugee camp, ©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren

Take some time to teach your children why you care about the Syrian refugee crisis. Whether or not your kids have learned about the Syrian refugee crisis at school or in the news, you can start by checking out our helpful FAQs.

Then, here are five meaningful activities that can help your kids make a big impact on the Syrian refugee crisis. Take your pick and choose an activity to do, or make it a challenge to do all five.

1. Activity: What would you take? (20 minutes)

  • Watch this video: What would you take? 
  • How would you feel if war broke out in your neighborhood, and you really did have to leave? Take five minutes to think about what you would do if you had to leave your home behind.
  • Spend five minutes writing a list or drawing the things you would want to take with you.
  • Take five minutes to talk about your list or drawings. Why did you make your choices? How did you feel about the choices you had to make? What was hard, and what was easy?
  • End by praying for people who have to leave their homes because of violence they can’t control.

2. Pray: Ask God to help Syrian refugee children and families (15 minutes)

Prayer is a powerful, free way to make a big impact. When we come to our heavenly Father and ask him to help the innocent, we are doing what David did in Psalm 82:3-4 when he asked God to “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Here are some Syria prayer points to get you started:

  • Dear Heavenly Father, help the children in Syria. Provide children with food and water if they don’t have it anymore.
  • Protect children and families from people who are fighting around them.
  • Take care of the children who have had to leave their homes. Watch out for them and help them find safe homes.
  • Help families who have had to split up find each other again.
  • More than anything, Jesus, Prince of Peace, please bring peace to Syria so that everyone can go home and be safe.

3. Spread awareness: Inspire others to help (30-minute prep, 5- to 10-minute presentation)

Encourage your children to share what they’ve learned about the refugee crisis and how they want to help by giving a presentation at Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, summer camp, small group, or with a group of their friends.

  • Here is a great photo slideshow about what life is like for Syrian refugee children. Use the photos and captions as a ready-made presentation, or use your favorites to create your own.
  • Get creative by using PowerPoint or Prezi, or print the photos and paste them onto a poster board.

4. Activity: Donate allowance or chores money (15 minutes)

Encourage your children to donate the money they earn this week, and challenge them to see how much they can earn to donate!

  • $4 can bring solar light to a refugee living in an unsafe area.
  • $10 can provide food for a refugee child for a week.
  • $14 can give a child a safe place to learn and play.

5. Fundraise for Syria: Set up a fundraiser (60+ minutes)

Watch this video about Tyler, who has been using lemonade stands to raise money for clean water projects. If your child is feeling inspired to do something big, you could help them set up a fundraising page to help Syrian refugees. They can do anything they want as a fundraiser.

Your kids can make a real difference in the world. You can help your kids grow into generous, kind, world changers. Remember, even with all the influences out there, the way you model putting your faith into action is foundational, formative, and inspiring.

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