It’s hard for most of us to imagine growing up without a safe space to play, without your friends or toys. If you had to say goodbye to a toy it was because it was broken and it was replaced with a new one. And if you had to say goodbye to the friends on your block it was because you were moving to a new place where there was a great new playground to discover and plenty of new friends to make in your new school. Those friends, playgrounds and even toys helped us grow up, develop and shape us. They made sure we grew up without a care in the world.
Unfortunately, a lot of children are growing up without those privileges and safety. They had to leave their school, friends, toys and playgrounds behind due to war and conflict. The see-saw and swings were replaced with a puddle and some rocks and toys replaced with shoes and string to play with. And making new friends became almost impossible because there is no school and there are no classes. It is important for children, their social skills and development to be able to play and to be able to do that in a safe environment. It is a right they have. So we have toy distributions as much as possible.
Two weeks ago we had another toy distribution in the Basra Camp where a lot of Syrian families live. We stared with some great activities for children between 7-12 years old. We danced, sang and played games together. It was a great way for them to express themselves and have a moment without any worries. It also helped to connect them better.
After an hour and lots of fun and laughter we distributed toys and hygiene kits filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth wash and other items. The children were smiling from ear to ear and we couldn’t ask for more. We aim to keep doing distributions like this one and make sure all children will have a chance to play.