Giving hope to a lost generation
Out of school, displaced and traumatised … Children in the Middle East need our support.
Imagine, for a moment, you’re aged seven again. Life is simple; you go to school, you play with friends. But then conflict comes to your country and fighting erupts in your town. You flee with your family and a few belongings to a refugee camp. You’re safe … but there’s nothing to do. No friends, no school. No hope.
Children in the Middle East are fast becoming the world’s lost generation. A child who’s seen too much violence and who struggles to read and write will face tremendous challenges in the future.
Unemployment, poverty and the pull towards substance abuse, crime and radicalisation are all waiting around the corner.
The solution is sitting in a corner in almost every home in the Middle East: the TV. There are even TVs in refugee camps, and most people in the region say it’s their primary, trusted source of information.
Since September, the SAT-7 ACADEMY channel has been broadcasting quality educational programmes for children and parents around the clock. Programmes that teach children maths, English, Arabic and science. Shows that address mental health that go out, free, to families traumatised by war. Programmes available online so children and parents can watch on demand, again and again.
In its first year, this channel aims to reach 2.6 million children in one of the most troubled places on earth. That includes more than 350,000 refugees.
“I follow your programme carefully. I was so weak at languages but because of you I am better. I even told my classmate and neighbours about your programme.” – a young viewer of My School
“My children are following the English lessons all the time. The manner and style of presenting is magnificent. Sandra and Fady are always writing down after the teacher.“ – a happy parent
CLOSER TO HOME
Christians in the UK have always been at the forefront of offering support to refugees. Continued instability across the Middle East has seen thousands of men, women and children, crying out for peace and for a home as they’ve been displaced across Europe. As families have come to the UK, the Church’s tradition of working together to offer welcome and care has continued.
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1–2 (NIVUK)
Bedtime for refugee children can be a particularly stressful time, when painful memories can return. SAT-7’s Bedtime Stories DVD and resource has been produced for you to give as a friendship gift to Arabic-speaking children and families. We pray that it will add value to the many ministries of friendship and support that are flourishing across the UK.
By ordering your resource today, you can be part of what God is doing to bring hope and transformation to families across the Middle East and North Africa – and also to refugees in the UK.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
ORDER – Your copy of SAT-7’S BEDTIME STORIES Refugee Resource at www.sat7uk.org/bedtimestories
or call SAT-7 on 01249 765 865
GIVE – www.sat7uk.org/education-donate
£5 could provide educational TV programmes for a family for a year.
“Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish. Jesus commands us to care for the most vulnerable among us.” – Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
MORE ABOUT SAT-7
Through the power of satellite television and digital media, SAT-7 brings messages of hope, love and peace directly into the lives of millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa, every day.
SAT-7 is watched by more than 21 million people (IPSOS, 2016)
SAT-7 pledges to be there to respond to the hundreds of people who contact them every day.
SAT-7 broadcasts 24/7 in the region’s three main languages: Arabic, Turkish and Farsi across five channels