With as many as 80,000 asylum seekers expected to reside in Mexico by the end of this year, international support is required to ensure that displaced children are given opportunities to thrive. In the hills of southern Tijuana, Casa Hogar El Puente – the city’s first asylum seeker shelter run by migrants – is hoping to do just that. Designed to house women and children who have no place else to go, CHEP and Millie’s Bookshelf are partnering to deploy a Rapid Response Library and to set-up a space for informal education activities.
In northern Jordan, Za’atari Refugee Camp is home to ~15,000 Syrian refugee children under the age of 5. Despite 32 schools operating in the camp, 1 in 3 children are still out of school – and we’re not satisfied with this reality. We’re partnering with the Jordan Health Aid Society in 2020 to launch a Millie’s Reading Corner and refugee-led reading program inside the camp’s only maternity clinic. Our goal is simple: ensure that every child in Za’atari has a chance to develop critical literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading.