The Schoolbox Project
Chico , CA , United States
On the surface, our work may look like school, it may look like play. Dig deeper and you will find a guiding set of principles that informs every choice we make. Every volunteer is trained specifically on the unique needs of traumatized children. Each program follows specific trauma informed guidelines, such as rhythm & routine and no time-outs. We also educate all of our volunteers in fundamental child protection and anti-trafficking practices. To date, we have served over 9,000 children and trained over 1,500 volunteers.
Schoolbox Project - Syria
"I go to school in a cave." More than seven years of war has displaced millions of Syrian children and limited their access to education. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled, but those who remain are struggling to maintain a semblance of normalcy in their daily lives. Many schools have been decimated, even targeted by airstrikes, and teachers living in ISIS territory are even more vulnerable if they refuse to conform. Over the years, Syrians have established makeshift schools in caves, trailers, and abandoned farms to educate children living in areas not supported by the government. Still, enrollment in conflict zones is as low as 6%. In October of 2017, some remaining Idlib students began returning to schools in the province's "de-escalation zone" where Turkish troops implemented a ceasefire deal agreed with Russia and Iran. The Schoolbox Project supports one of these schools by providing ongoing trauma training for teachers, our "Schoolbox Toolbox" curriculum for children and a steady provision of much-needed school and art supplies.