Refugees in Philadelphia

Last Friday, third graders participated this morning in a program to deepen their understanding of the experiences of refugees. Amy Jersild, parent of a third grader and a HIAS volunteer, spoke to the students about her work helping refugees get settled in Philadelphia.


The students watched a few short videos told from the point of view of refugee children. They did an activity to help them understand the size of the physical space in which refugees in camps typically live, and they compare it to the size of their own homes.

The children also explored the topic of water use since refugee camps typically have one faucet for 250 people, and people walk an average of a quarter mile to get water. Students took turns holding a bag that weighed eight pounds to get an idea of what it would be like to carry a gallon of water.