The Toy Movement and Save the Children teamed up to deliver 91,096 toys to 40,000 children in ten refugee and internally displaced persons camps across Northern Iraq. At the Gawilan refugee camp in Dohuk Governorate, Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s Co-CEO and Bill Chambers, President and CEO of Save the Children, helped distribute toys.
"The Toy Movement’s mission is to deliver inspiration, imagination and joy to children living in troubled parts of the world," said Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s Co-Chief Executive Officer. "It is one thing to send toys, but it's entirely different to see first-hand how these families are living. It was an extremely eye-opening experience, and it's very important we bring awareness to these devastating situations. Through our partnership with the incredible organization, Save the Children, the Toy Movement aims to show these children that they are not alone, that they are not forgotten, and that they deserve to play, learn and grow – as all children should."
Ronnen Harary, Spin Master's Co-Chief Executive Officer
"The right to play is fundamental for every child's learning and development. But sadly, in many countries like Syria and Iraq, where war has destroyed the intrinsic layers that usually support children, access to something as simple as a toy can be non-existent. Our partnership with Spin Master and the Toy Movement initiative will give children affected by conflict, in some of the hardest-to-reach places, the chance to play, have fun and just be children again."
Bill Chambers, President and CEO of Save the Children
Save the Children has been working with families, communities and local authorities in Iraq since 1991. The aid agency is currently responding to the needs of internally displaced Iraqi people and Syrian refugees in camps and non-camp settings providing Child Protection, Education, Food, Shelter and Water Sanitation and Hygiene programs.
Stemming from the Toy Movement – Iraq Mission, The Toy Movement plans to leverage its acquisition of the iconic GUND portfolio of toys to deliver 500,000 GUND teddy bears to 500,000 children in 2018.