At the Dhahyet Qudsaya al-Oula school in Damascus, UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) teachers see all too clearly that their students need them, right now, to be more than just teachers. The more than one thousand kids in their charge, at a school that the government has generously provided to UNRWA, are young Palestine refugees, displaced by more than three years of conflict from their homes in Yarmouk and other camps. So their teachers teamed up for a 'Let's Warm a Child' campaign to distribute clothes to 100 displaced kids. On 27 March, their effort brought smiles to the faces of children who have seen so much, and set an example for the community to follow.
These teachers had already organized two other efforts to provide kids with not just the chance to continue their education, but also to have the other kinds of help and support that they need. As the kids sang welcoming songs, Abdallah Al-Laham, Officer-in-Charge of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, joined the teachers and head teacher to distribute the clothes. He emphasized that children have the right to play, to grow up in a healthy, normal manner. In addition, he said, "Children have the right to special care and protection and to good food and housing." Through their initiative, "the teachers showed solidarity, helping underprivileged families and promoting the value of helping others."