A Champion for Syria's Children

Bethany Saul’s life was forever changed in the summer of 2014. That’s when she traveled to Jordan with a team of researchers to study the Syrian refugee crisis. And where she encountered Save the Children’s work with children and families living in refugee camps.

“It’s pretty shocking how many children are there – you’re constantly running into kids,” she says. “A lot of them just wanted to come up to you and talk to you. They would tell you their names and a bit about themselves.”

Bethany spent time getting to know the children, their families and our staff. She was impressed with how Save the Children works hand in hand with camp residents. And she experienced the incredible warmth and hospitality of this unlikely community. “It’s such a welcoming place and, sadly, you don’t hear that enough,” she says. “I think that changed me.”

Once she returned to the U.S. and completed her work, Bethany decided to give back to children by running in the New York City Marathon as part of Team Save the Children. She and her fellow team members raised over $22,500!

As Bethany reflects on Syria’s children, she says, “I can’t believe that it’s been five years, and there’s still so much suffering. I think back on leaving those kids behind, while I was the privileged one who was able to leave. It gives me a reason to support organizations like Save the Children.”

Then she adds, “The remarkable thing about children is their ability to find beauty and promise in things that are difficult. I look back and see their faces – so hopeful.”

Thank you, Bethany, for sharing your inspiring experience and your Team Save the Children marathon success story! Champions like you are the reason there’s hope for children.

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