Updated Feb 27, 2020

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Trauma informed education, art & play for children displaced by conflict and crisis.

A Schoolhouse: we organize instruction by age and languages spoken. Teachers deliver math, language, and other lessons using proven, best-in-class educational techniques. These lessons are culturally-informed and differentiated to create a meaningful learning environment. Art and Play - We offer rotating art, music, sports and drama projects for children who have little opportunity for crea...
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A Schoolhouse: we organize instruction by age and languages spoken. Teachers deliver math, language, and other lessons using proven, best-in-class educational techniques. These lessons are culturally-informed and differentiated to create a meaningful learning environment. Art and Play - We offer rotating art, music, sports and drama projects for children who have little opportunity for creativity and emotional expression during extended trauma. We emphasize quieting, reflective and nature-inspired activities to provide balance to the overwhelming diet of "sensory junk food" children must cope with in refugee camps. Solar Powered Charging and Wifi Zones - These are offered in camps where power is otherwise limited. Child Friendly Space - This is a humanitarian term used to describe an approach to supporting the safety and well being of children in the midst of emergencies. This term has been used widely since 1999. Child friendly spaces protect children by providing a safe space with supervised activities, raising awareness of the risks to children, and identifying and supporting vulnerable cases. Generally, child friendly spaces refer to a relatively short to medium term program response, and are very often operate from temporary structures. There are universal minimum standards for these spaces.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

As we continue our mission helping those displaced by conflict, The Schoolbox Project has initiated the process of outlining transition frameworks and scalability models to effectively serve additional international and domestic communities.

Focus Areas:

Education, Refugees, Child Protection and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Greece, Bangladesh and Mexico

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Key Partner
3
Countries Implemented In
13,000
Customers
1
Employee
$300,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Over 40 million children worldwide have fled and been displaced by the brutality of conflict and war. These children are uprooted and left to the graces and support of the international community. Providers on the ground are rarely adequately trained on the neurological impacts of trauma and how this informs behavior. The Schoolbox Project seeks to provide child-friendly spaces, trauma informed education, art & play for these children displaced by conflict and crisis.

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Solution

The Schoolbox Project provides mobile, solar-powered child-friendly spaces that operate from whatever infrastructure is available. We convert shipping containers, schoolbusses, abandoned buildings, tents, bamboo structures- or even sidewalks into classrooms. Each of these "Schoolboxes" are simple and nimble, and designed to be operational within days of deployment or relocation.

Target Beneficiaries

We bring trauma informed programming to children in refugee camps and crisis situations. In addition to providing trauma informed care and programming to children, we provide care and support for families in crisis environments and refugee camps.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Over the next three years, Schoolbox Project will be expanding its overall program. One of the first stages of this expansion is partnering with organizations in Mexico to provide care for the children displaced at the US and Mexican borders. Additionally, Schoolbox Project continues expanding and responding to the calls from other international communities. While doing all of this, we work diligently to maintain and improve our existing camps.
Funding Goal1,500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted50,000
New Implemented CountriesMexico
Recruit2 leadership, 1 development, 2 program, 3 additional board members 10 volunteers
New FeatureHuman trafficking education and prevention specific to disaster affected communities and people on the move.

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Schoolbox Project team is versed in trauma-informed care. Each member is trained to be culturally-informed and trauma sensitive. With this training, the team at The Schoolbox Project brings with them empathy and the tools to provide unique care to each child in our program. Additionally, our team is diverse with respects to gender, culture, and language; such diverse attributes shape our program's cultural and pedagogical lens.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Apr 2019
New Country Implemented In
Mexico
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
ORGANIZATIONUN WomenUN Women
Dec 2016
New Country Implemented In
Greece