Refugee &  Immigrant Children –
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Posts

4th and 5th grade students from Iraq, Burma, Sudan, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan and Mexico designed and painted with teachers and artists on 3 United Nations goals that directly affected their lives. They reflected on new freedoms, chances and choices relating to Hunger, Poverty, Peace and Justice.

The city of El Cajon has welcomed thousands of refugees in the last 5 years,  the 10,000th Syrian refuge arrived last month.  Most of the children we interviewed on video spoke of family struggles in refugee camps, bombings, kidnappings, hunger, and fear. Many from Christian Iraqi families, some were Muslim.


The Chase Avenue school in El Cajon,  California, focused on 3 of the UN’s Goals:  #2 “Ending Hunger,”#1 ” Stopping Poverty” and #16 “strengthening institutions for Peace and Justice. ” 

These kids from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Burma, Turkey, Sudan, and Mexico, fourth and fifth grade students blew me away with their understanding of what it takes to create peace and how important peace is to our future and our existence.   – Kira Carrillo Corser

There were 27 students and about the same number of adults, with 3 days at the school and then a week of teachers and artists coming to Kira’s studio in Fallbrook, CA to finish.  Inspiring compassionate adults included: people from the community, school district office, the former principal Sue Geller, current principal Brian Handley, the past principal of high school Karen Degischer,  two staff from the city’s Refugee Community Liaison Program, teachers Janice Raymond, Barbara Austin, Jennifer Jones, and artists Maria Kostelas (www.flutes of the world). Kay O’Neal, and Nora Kearney-Johnson.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen aspirational “Global Goals” with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations, through a deliberative process involving its 194 Member States, as well as global civil society, the goals are contained in paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015.[1] The Resolution is broader intergovernmental agreement that, while acting as the Post 2015 Development Agenda (successor to the Millennium Development Goals), builds on the Principles agreed upon under Resolution A/RES/66/288, popularly known as The Future We Want.

Co-Director, Kira Carrillo Corser just finished the first of 3 short videos showing the impact of our project on refugee and immigrant kids and teachers.   This one is with musician Maria Kostelas and teachers at Chase Ave Elementary.…