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Alumna works with refugees in Jordan

Nov 11, 2019

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By Taylor Burress, Communications Intern

Robertson School alumna Samra Khawaja visiting the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan.

The Robertson School is fortunate to have alumni like Samra Khawaja who are doing incredible work across the world.

Khawaja graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism and minors in political science and Spanish. Since graduation, Khawaja has held several positions in which she focused on social media. She currently works as the social media and digital communications manager for Save the Children Action Network.

SCAN was founded in 2014 and focuses on early childhood education in the U.S. and ending childhood deaths around the world.

Khawaja is constantly trying to figure out new and creative ways to highlight important issues that are impacting children around the world. She said that it can get tricky to keep finding innovative ways to communicate the same message at times.

"I always strive to be creative in my work," Khawaja said. "That means keeping up with the digital world and all the new tools that come with it."

This August, Khawaja spent a week at the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan. She was able to make the trip because of a one-time grant she was awarded through SCAN. There, she visited the Early Learning Centers, which teaches children ages 3 and 4 years old.

"It was such an eye-opening experience to visit the Syrian refugees and to talk to them firsthand to learn about their stories," Khawaja said.

She then spoke on the refugees resilience despite their conditions.

"One of the most amazing things I got to learn about the Zaatari Refugee Camp, in particular, was how the refugees have become self-sufficient. They created a bazaar for themselves in the camp and found ways to import goods from outside the camp to serve those that live in it. It was so astonishing to me."

Khawaja has worked at SCAN for about two and a half years and her favorite aspect of her job she said is the issues she gets to shed light on.

"We're advocating for issues people on both sides of the political aisle agree on, because when it comes to kids, there's no denying that they deserve the best in life," Khawaja said. "I've learned so much since being here and am so thankful to be in a position where I can use my voice for kids."

Khawaja wants to continue to do meaningful work in her personal life. She said she wants to keep learning and keep helping others.

"It's important to me to work toward a mission that makes a difference, particularly for vulnerable people."

To read more on Khawaja's time in Jordan, please visit SCAN's blog