The Habesha Project was not a distant dream for Mexican aid worker, Adrián Meléndez who was assisting in refugee camps throughout the Middle East when the idea for the project came about. It was a dire necessity.
The mission of the Habesha Project is to build a bridge of solidarity between Syria and Mexico to enable 30 Syrian students to complete higher education in Mexico.
Meléndez, saw first-hand, the trouble that young Syrian students were facing when trying to commit to their schooling. For many of them, education was being completely forgotten or placed on the back burner for a hopeful other time, due to the conflicts and current state of affairs in Syria.
In Syria, as of August 2017, there are nearly 540,000 civilians living in 11 besieged locations that need humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. These individuals, men, women and children are denied basic rights, including access to adequate food, water, travel and healthcare.
Millions of Syrian civilians have endured unparalleled suffering and total disregard for human life during the immensely destructive Syrian war which is now entering into the seventh year. With nearly 13.5 million people currently requiring humanitarian assistance and approximately 4.5 million civilians in need of humanitarian aid that are located or trapped in difficult-to-reach rural areas, a project such as the Habesha Project couldn’t have come any sooner. The program offers a glimmer of hope, safety and love to those students who qualify.
Among these students were Jackdar Mohammed, Silvia Namo and Samah Abdul Hamid.
There are no walls
To donate to the Habesha Project and program visit their donation site here.