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• Sophie Maes profiles a project from the Iraqi Children Foundation to repurpose a bus into a learning center, helping vulnerable young people in Baghdad get an education.
• Half of primary school-aged children who miss out on education live in areas affected by conflict. How might the Hope Bus provide inspiration for other philanthropic efforts?
• Read about innovations in education for refugee populations.
Dozens of homeless children in Iraq are back in school thanks to the "Hope Bus" — a city bus that has been converted into vibrant learning environment, BuzzFeed reports.
Launched by the Iraqi Children Foundation in 2017, the Hope Bus served more than 117 children in its first year of operation. And it is continuing to make a major impact on the lives of homeless, orphaned, and displaced children in one of Baghdad's poorest neighborhoods.
Complete with colorful desks, school supplies, and a blackboard, the bus fits 50 to 55 students at a time. Because of the Hope Bus, children who were unable to go to school because of the war are now learning to read, write, and do math on the repurposed vehicle.
But the Hope Bus is more than a classroom — it also provides the city's most vulnerable children with nutrition, health care, and social services.
After seeing the success of the first Hope Bus, Iraqi Children Foundation is investing in a second bus, with the hope of bringing tutoring and essential services to more kids in need.
Read the full article about the bus providing hope to homeless kids in Iraq by Sophie Maes at Global Citizen.