Dreamshare is a global project which gives us a unique look at hopes and dreams from around the world. On the website you’ll find people’s dreams for a better life for their families, for peace and safety for their communities and for a better future for the world.
My favourite dreams on the website come from children, I just can’t stop reading them! When they dream about the future it’s always big. And so often it’s about how they can give back and make a difference. Like this dream from 8 year old Prisca who wants to be a “law expert” so she can teach other children about their rights!
Or like Meena’s dream to be a doctor and make sure everyone can get help when they are sick.
“I dream to become a doctor because the hospital in my village is too busy and must turn away many sick people. Then I become a doctor I can help them.” – Meena, age 9
Looking through the dreams this morning I came across Nour, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. Among the hundreds of hopeful, determined voices, her words chilled me.
“I don’t have dreams here. All my dreams are in Syria,” Nour, 11 a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon.
It took me back to my time in Lebanon, meeting families who had fled from the violence and fighting in Syria, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many, like Nour, had left their dreams behind as well.
One mother, Forza, told me about her life in Syria with her husband and five kids. They lived in a three bedroom apartment in Aleppo close to aunts, uncles and cousins who would help with the kids and share meals with them. Forza’s husband managed a supermarket and her older children were at school. The children would play with their cousins and neighbours after school, taking turns to ride the bike they shared.
Before the war I’m sure they had incredible dreams about who they were going to be, what they were going to do and how they were going to make the world better. Now, like Nour, most of their dreams are consumed with what they’ve lost. Their homes, schools and even friends and family.
World Vision’s work with Syrian refugees can’t just be about providing food, shelter, water and sanitation, of course those things are essential, but our programs must also bring hope. Our safe places for children to play and our learning programs in Lebanon give children a chance for some normality, and some hope for the future. Perhaps most importantly, it gives them chance to be kids, and to dream like kids. In a situation that often seems too hard, we desperately need their vision, hope and determination for a peaceful future.
Head to the #dreamshare website and be inspired by some of the amazing dreams the world’s children have planned and if you’re able, please give to the Syrian refugee crisis appeal and help give Syrian children the chance to dream big.