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Bright Horizons Chairman and Co-Founder Visits Syria

Linda Mason recently returned to the U.S. from the Syrian border where Mercy Corps, a partner organization with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and Bright Horizons, is providing Syrian refugee relief. Linda is chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons and chairman of Mercy Corps.

One of the resources the volunteers are using is the Comfort for Kids program designed by Bright Horizons and the Foundation 12 years ago after 9/11.

It has been an extremely successful and effective program that has been modified for Syrian situation, and has already served more than 2,000 Syrian refugee children,” says Linda. “I spent a morning in the program in a make-shift children’s activity center near the Syrian border.  They gather children to talk about what they have just been through, with a workbook where they write and draw pictures of their life in Syria, the war situation, their escape to Lebanon, and life in Lebanon.  They have child psychologists working with the children.  They have great play activities including art, story-telling, puppetry, and sports and games.”

Variations of the Comfort for Kids program have been used in many crisis areas around the world including New Orleans, China after the earthquake, Haiti, Colombia, Libya, and now in Lebanon.

Linda says, “I think we can all feel very proud of this important contribution our company has made for children’s recovery during war and natural disasters around the world.”

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