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Protecting Vulnerable Children During the Refugee Crisis

Image: The Independent

During this current #refugeecrisis, children entering Europe are being separated from their families and forced to continue their dangerous journey alone. The UN is calling to protect these vulnerable children and demanding that they be treated with dignity. Read more about these unfolding events: http://goo.gl/IVrulW

Refugee Children in Lebanon Use Cameras to Document Their Lives

Take a look at these stunning photos taken by refugee children living in Lebanon: http://goo.gl/hHW8lr Through a project that provided the kids with disposable cameras, we are able to catch a glimpse of what everyday life is like for these children. Over 600,000 refugee children live in Lebanon, most of whom are unable to go to school and are without access to proper shelter and clean water. Seeing the world through their eyes is remarkable and heart-breaking.

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Motivational Monday

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt

This timeless quote is what’s motivating us this week! No matter where you are in the world and what’s going on around you, your dreams matter and together we can make this world a better place!

Did you know that Monday is the UN International Day of Peace? It’s a day observed every September 21st and this year’s theme is something that we’re really excited about: Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All. We believe every person and every child deserves to live a life of dignity and we want to do everything we can to make this a reality. Are you willing to take the #PeaceDayChallenge and do just one thing for peace on Monday? Find out how every person can make a difference: bit.ly/1LOKeCb  

A happy #tbt with our friends from Kenya! We visited the Watoto Wema home in 2012 and can’t wait to go back! It’s amazing what’s happened in 3 years: a greenhouse, a chicken farm and a clean water project. We’ve been grateful to work with this home and the 57 children who live there. Together, this partnership has improved the health, nutrition and wellbeing of these children and we know it’ll only keep getting better!  

Photo: Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images

These are heart lifting stories from @BuzzFeed that show the humanity and compassion being shown as the refugee crisis continues to unfold. Even in the darkest of times, there is more love than hate and more people who care than don’t. See these touching photos: http://goo.gl/YzlPr7 

Photo: Martin Godwin for the Guardian; Collection of items to be donated to refugees

In light of the recent news of the Syrian refugees, many people around the world feel compelled to help in someway. However, the question is how and in what way will be the most effective? This Thursday there will be a live Q&A on how ordinary people can help refugees and what role they can play within NGOs. The panel of experts will answer questions through a live chat @Guardian on twitter by using the #globaldevlive or  on the website: http://goo.gl/UZvQIW 

“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -A.A. Milne 

#MotivationalMonday We love this quote from the author of Winnie the Pooh and we hope that every child, everywhere remembers these wise words. 

Did you know that playing chess can help improve IQ levels in children? Kids who play chess score higher on reading tests, as well as perform better with critical and creative thinking. Playing chess makes kids focus intensely and work with complex patterns. They also get the chance to practice using active reasoning, among other brainy pursuits. This #funfact is something the kids at Ashirvad Home are already schooling us on! Find out more awesome ways that chess helps kids learn: http://www.parents.com/kids/development/intellectual/benefits-of-chess/ 

A #tbt to the success of our Clean Water Access project in Kenya. These boys at the Havilla Home were among the hundreds of children who gained necessary access to clean water through this project. In this area of the world, water must be paid for from the city and the surrounding wells house water that is not safe for consumption. Like so many people around the world in these situations, precious resources and time is then used treating water through boiling or chemical use. Now, these kids get to have something that we take for granted everyday: life-sustaining water.