Almost Half Way There
April 11, 2017
As some of you may know I am about to have a 50th birthday. Which I find to be incredibly rude. And I figured the only way to make it a little less rude is to do something kind of important and far reaching.
So I have started a fund with the International Rescue Committee designated specifically for education, which will serve children and people around the world who have suffered extreme crisis and have been displaced. This will also serve refugees who have resettled in the United States. What I wanted to do was to build a school for refugee children and I was assured that this would be the most effective way to really give the most children what they need, particularly in emergency and crisis situations.
My parents always felt the greatest gift they could give me was an education, and they did just that. I believe the same for my son, who is now 6. Whenever I look into his face and see the innate thrill he has when he discovers something new, I am overjoyed for him. And I also see the faces of kids who aren't as fortunate as he is.
For my birthday I wanted to give a gift that would help some of those children. The world is in tumult at the moment and I am watching us as humans at a loss about how to deal with it. The IRC has committed itself to stepping directly into the lives of those who are suffering from the most extreme conflict. This includes refugees around the world as well as in the US. And so often in cases of extreme conflict, education is the first thing to go. Statistically if a child goes for longer than 2 years without an education, they will most likely never get one.
There are more that 62 million out-of-school children living in nations affected by crisis, as well as children and adults who have been resettled in the US with little preparation for life and school here. Education can help them turn around the world of agony in which they have had to live their young lives for reasons beyond their control.
And for my birthday, the idea that children who have been through hell can have a shot at feeling cared for and worthy of learning and creating a life for themselves, well, that gives me hope. Hope it will you too. Thanks for your love.