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Sandcastles bring happiness to Syrian kids

Jordan, Syria, August 15, 2013

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Last spring, one of the children’s facilities we've built at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp was set to be covered with concrete when Mercy Corps Project Manager Hazem Salman had the idea to put the desert sand to creative use in the hands of the children. Five months later, hundreds of kids continue to build castles, tunnels and fortresses with focus and determination.

The children love the activity so much that the our team hopes to hold a sandcastle-building contest for the avid young architects in the near future.

It's one of the many activities, including drawing, storytelling and sports matches, that Mercy Corps organizes to help kids who’ve endured far too much suffering regain a healthy sense of childhood.

In these photos, you can see how the simple opportunity to play and use their imaginations brings comfort to the youngest refugees.

Learn more about how we’re helping Syria’s children  ▸