SYRIA & IRAQ
Justice Rising partners with local organizations in war-torn countries to deliver education-based programming to vulnerable and at-risk students. At the core of Justice Rising’s work is the belief that education has the power to break the cycle of conflict and restore every nation back to peace – our partners share in that belief.
Currently, Justice Rising partners with local communities in Syria and in Iraq.
Seven years ago, prior to the outbreak of the civil war, the Syrian education system had near universal enrollment and boasted literacy rates as high as 95%.
Today, school enrollment is among the lowest in the world, with nearly a third of school-aged children in Syria, approximately 1.75 million children, no longer in school, and another 1.35 million at severe risk of dropping out.
Justice Rising is partnering with a school in Aleppo to help students receive a quality education and to help their families to overcome the financial burden of sending their children to school.
How to Love
When we asked the school headmaster why education in war zones matter, he replied by saying “the greatest tool to end terrorism is education.” He continued by saying that their aim is to “raise up a generation that knows how to love their neighbors.”
After our Co-Founders, Edison and Cassandra Lee, visited the school in January 2018, Justice Rising committed to partnering with the school, which educates nearly 1,000 students annually.
The tuition cost for a year is $130.
For years, our Justice Rising team watched the crisis in Iraq unfold from afar. We remember reading reports of ISIS marching across the country, not realizing that these stories detailed the lives of the communities we would one day serve in Northern Iraq.
In 2016, we were introduced to Father Thabet, a Catholic Priest from a village less than 30 km east of Mosul. Today, he heads the Karemlash Redevelopment Committee.
Over a three-year period, the village of Karemlash was occupied by ISIS militants. In 2017, our team had the great privilege of visiting the region, and the opportunity to walk through the newly liberated town and visit their five schools.
In 2018, we came alongside the community in the rebuilding effort of their destroyed girls' secondary school. This school serves an important role in providing young women with higher education opportunities.