Tools for creative play are powerful remedies against the continued hardship these kids face - they are medicine for the soul. When you contribute to HADAYA you are taking part in a grass-roots effort that not only brings joy to children but aims to connect personally with the kids and share their stories. You will see the fruits of your efforts in the forms of photos, journal entries and videos from the communities where we distribute. You will make a difference.
In 2015 we distributed toys in four refugee camps in Lebanon, an orphanage in Southern Turkey, and bought a library for a village school in Nepal - affecting well over 1,000 children.
In 2016, our summer projects were in Jordan and India. In Jordan, we provided materials for the very first Montessori school for Syrian refugee children; sponsored a day at an indoor amusement park for 56 Iraqi refugee families and their children; provided backpacks of toys and lunch for another 25 kids and their families; and supported the renovation of a Palestinian youth community center. In India, we supported the girls of Dharavi Community Center in Mumbai, by providing a science and technology library, cameras for their journalism program, art and writing supplies, as well as our usual toys.
In 2017, we will continue to support many of these previous projects, as well as funding a scholarship program for a couple of the Dharavi girls to finish High School and then attend University, and several new school/library projects in development in Nepal, Jordan, Turkey and Nigeria.
We'd love you to be a part of this movement. Ready to help? Click here for our current needs and fundraising goals.
Your support is critical. It allows us to continue making these journeys, distributing toys and bringing a little light and joy.
Become a collective - encourage your company or organization to sponsor HADAYA and help us reach thousands more children.
Consider becoming a HADAYA Ambassador.
We're looking for help in the following areas:
social media support, grant writing/research, or holding a fundraiser or soccer ball drive. Email us for more information.
Educate yourself on the current refugee crisis.
Talk about HADAYA on your blog or in the media. Like our Facebook page and Instagram, it's a good place to start.
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
The large majority of your donations goes toward the purchase and distribution of the 'toolkits' (toys, books, art supplies,etc.). A small portion covers our operating costs and educational outreach. Additionally, we provide 'immediate need' grants to the communities where we distribute; these cover things such as shoes, blankets and warm weather gear or educational opportunities. How these grants are used is determined by the individual community's most prescient needs at the time of distribution. If you donate $100 or more to HADAYA, you can earmark where you would like your donation to go - for example, you might want to donate $50 for the toolkit and $50 for the grants, and this can specified in a message with your donation. We are happy to oblige :)
$50 buys ONE COMPLETE toolkit
$25 buys ALL art supplies and books
$10 buys a ball, kite or solar light
$5 buys a soft toy
We also encourage donating soccer balls as part of an individual, school or community effort. Message us for details.
Please note that we are fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 corporation, which means you may be eligible for a TAX DEDUCTION! If you are making a large donation and would like to deduct this contribution, please just message us and we will e-mail you the info.