His cries from the seventh-grade classroom could be heard down the hall. “Dead! They’re all dead. I want to be dead.” Saeed, one of our students from Syria, was on the floor convulsing. His small Syrian village had been bombed, and several family members had been killed. He refused to go home, instead deciding to stay at school through the afternoon.
“Allah yirhamhun” (May god bless their souls) I told his family when I took him home that evening. Nobody knew what else to say, but then his mother spoke. “We are lucky. We are the luckiest that we are here, and that we are alive.”
As hard as it can be to understand, Saeed is one of the lucky ones. He has his safe place to grieve and heal, to grow and learn. But for every lucky refugee from Syria, Afghanistan, or Congo, millions more are waiting in camps for their chance. Sadly, most will never reach a place like Fugees. We’ve been fortunate to be featured in several news stories this year. And while the reporters love to focus on the “feel good” story of our school, once the lights are off and the cameras stop rolling… our work continues. An article on CNN can’t help Saeed, and a Washington Examiner article won’t pay the bills. We reach our students only through the dedicated giving of our supporters. Have you given your all to support us this year?
In this season of giving, I’m asking you to dig deeply and offer these children the chance to begin repairing the ravages of war. Will you make an investment into our students that will change the trajectory of not just their lives, but the lives of their families?
We need supporters like you to ensure that our work continues. You have a direct opportunity to help refugee children rebuild their lives, and to send a message that love, compassion, and hope are an enduring part of our community and our nation. Please give generously today.