Save Syrian's Schools
GIVE THE GIFT OF 7 MINUTES TO SAVE SYRIAN CHILDREN
Statement from Dr Rola Hallam in response to Al-Atareb Hospital Bombing
“When we protect a school, we protect an entire community.”
WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN PROTECT LIVES, HEAL MINDS AND BRING HOPE TO SYRIA’S SCHOOLS:
Install early warning systems against aerial attacks in 150 schools to protect children - giving them 7 minutes to evacuate if their school is targeted
Provide evacuation training for all school staff
Provide trauma recovery therapy for all 61,000 children
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We've raised £72,000 to protect 55 schools so far. Help us get to 150 schools
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The more we raise, the more protection we can offer.
There are 890 schools in total at risk of attack - let’s start with the 150 most in danger.
What's the plan?
We are working with our local partners Hurras and the White Helmets to install early warning systems in 150 schools that give 7 minutes warning of aerial attacks. Together we can protect 61,000 children and 3,000 school staff. The system has already been shown to reduce injury by up to 30% and has saved 250,000 civilians from trauma.
HEAL - Counselling services for children who have faced bombardment to help them recover from exposure to trauma.
OBSERVE - The world watching is a deterrent. Early warning systems build an observation network providing better protection for children, real-time reporting and a credible record of atrocities and identifies perpetrators.
PROTECT - Schools are protected with early warning systems that alert students and teachers to imminent threat of attack.
EMPOWER - Education is empowerment. Education is empowerment. Safe schools give communities space to heal and grow - ultimately empowering Syrians to build the future they want.Donate now
Who is behind this campaign?
Led by Dr. Rola Hallam, we are CanDo, working to save children’s lives on the frontline. We are a boutique not-for-profit startup, making a big impact with our small and mighty all woman team - resourcing and enabling frontline healthcare workers to protect and heal children caught in the horrors of war. We have teamed up with the Hurras Network a Syrian child protection agency and the White Helmets, who will be implementing this life saving project on the ground. Our campaign to call for an end to attacks on schools is supported by some wonderful others too:.
‘I was in northern Syria on a medical mission when a school full of children was aerially bombarded and dozens of severely burnt children came flooding through our hospital doors. This was captured by a BBC film crew who are now creating a new documentary 8 years on, so that the survivors and victim families can tell their stories of heartbreak and resilience and we can draw the world’s attention to these continual attacks.
This is why for the last ten years, as a doctor and a humanitarian, I have been treating these children and this is why it’s time to do something different. We may not be able to stop the bombs, but we can prevent them from falling on children's heads so they don’t keep coming burnt and bleeding through our hospital doors. It’s time to say to the people of Syria, 'we see you, we hear you, we will not turn away'. Join me - together we can Save Syria's Schools.’
We urgently need your support now to help us protect 150 schools and 61,000 children in danger.
Over 1,103 Schools have been targeted and bombed throughout the war and nearly 30,000 children have been killed.
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What is an early warning system?
The early warning system is a low-cost, locally administered threat-prediction system that protects civilians from indiscriminate aerial attacks. It’s already used in 130 hospitals in North West Syria. The system generates warnings in advance of airstrikes, using artificial intelligence to detect and identify threats and then sending timely warnings to civilians via air raid sirens. Children and their teachers will hear sirens and see an orange or a red light flashing depending on the alert level.
At a minimum, these systems - and the training delivered to every student and teacher - give an average of 7-10 minutes for teachers to evacuate children from a school under attack.
When we protect a school we protect communities. A warning system installed in a school becomes a threat indicator for the entire area. More data is available as more schools are added to the system building a protection network across the most high risk areas in Syria. At a minimum, these systems - and the training delivered to every student and teacher - give an average of 7-10 minutes for teachers to evacuate children from a school under attack.Donate now
THE MORE MONEY WE RAISE, THE MORE SCHOOLS WE CAN PROTECT.
THERE ARE 890 SCHOOLS AT RISK OF AERIAL ATTACKS - WE’RE STARTING WITH THE 150 HIGHEST RISK BUT WE’D LOVE TO PROTECT THEM ALL.
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