This excerpt is taken from a Research Report on the Education of Syrian Refugee children – by Shelly Culbertson and Louay Constant. You can find the report here: RAND Research Report: The Education of Syrian Refugee Children
What caught my eye was the list of Recommendations.
Can you just for a minute, imagine if you were the person whose desk this was dropped onto- if you are the person in the position of problem-solving this – what looks like insurmountable crisis- and THIS list is essentially your ToDo list? Where would you even start? If this were an ER Department in a hospital, how could you triage this list? What would be the priorities that actually take priority over all the other priorities?!
It truly makes one feel overwhelmed, and begin to be enveloped by a sense of hopelessness. Just HOW can all of this be solved, be managed?
But in the words of the late Christopher Reeve, “Once you choose Hope anything is possible.”
That’s where aid groups, humanitarian organisations, charities, and volunteers made up of everyday people wanting to help out however they can, come in. When something as big – as EPIC- as dire as this is happening, it will take all acts of support, assistance and care – however big or small – from a great many to snowball a movement of collaborative support and crisis care. And the one thing common to all involved, is they are choosing Hope.