George and Amal Clooney are committed to aiding Syria’s refugee children.
“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that. That’s our goal with this initiative,” the new parents said in a joint statement.
“We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The foundation announced a $2.25 million partnership on Monday, which includes a “generous” donation from Google.org. HP is also donating an additional $1 million.
The collaboration will help the schools provide education services to about 3,000 refugee students who are currently out of school.
A UNICEF spokesman praised the Clooneys’ support, describing it as an investment into “the future of the entire region.”
George, 56, and Amal, 39, have long supported refugees amid the years-long crisis. Last February, the actor-director and the high-powered human rights lawyer headed to Berlin where they sat down with a group of refugees and their families.
During the meeting, Amal also shared her family’s own experience as refugees.
“My own family is from Lebanon and they also ran away from a war, and were lucky enough to be accepted by a European country in 1982 while the violence there was really bad,” Amal, 39, explained.
“I hope that, as you say, you will be able to go back to a safe and free Syria.”