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ACS Amman Thanks TIE for Helping Syrian Refugee Kids to Be Kids

By Meadow Hilley
ACS Amman Thanks TIE for Helping Syrian Refugee Kids to Be Kids

Larry McIlvain of ACS presents a check for US$37,000 to Rob Maroni of Mercy Corps, to help construct adolescent-friendly spaces in Azraq camp.
As the conflict intensifies in Syria, increasing numbers of refugees are arriving in neighboring Jordan. The majority of them are children. Mercy Corps is responding to the refugee crisis by building new facilities, including playgrounds and safe spaces to meet the needs of Azraq camp’s youngest residents.
Providing these vulnerable populations with access to recreational and social activities is no less important than offering adequate accommodations, many believe. Such spaces can serve a multitude of functions, including facilitating psychosocial wellbeing and allowing for the constructive release or redirection of aggression.
Mercy Corps found a natural ally in The American Community School (ACS) of Amman, which has supported its mission by helping to raising money to establish a child protection network and four safe spaces for children and adolescents in Azraq camp, situated roughly 100 kilometers east of the capital.
For over 55 years, ACS has provided a high-quality education for both local and international students in Amman. Today, the school boasts 60 classrooms and its educational mission extends from early childhood to twelfth grade.
ACS welcomed the opportunity to join forces with Mercy Corps to realize such a worthy project, expected to benefit an estimated 1,300 children and adolescents. TIE, in turn, was equally glad to contribute to this cause.
A plaque listing the names of contributors will be posted on the fence surrounding each play space in acknowledgement of their support for this project.

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