Sparrow International Update

Sparrow International Update

To say that it's been a tense six months for this young Australian family is perhaps the understatement of the century.

Their mission (to provide education and medical services to communities affected by extreme poverty, isolation and conflict) has placed them smack bang in the middle of one of the most unstable conflict zones in the world.  

When we last caught up with Sparrow founders Jeremy and Ally, they had just begun their work in the Kurdish region of the Middle East. (Read more about how it all began here)

What a year it turned out to be.

They were on the ground when simmering tensions on the border quite literally exploded late last year. They witnessed airstrikes, chemical attacks and the targeting of medical facilities. One day, Jeremy (the founder of Sparrow International and dad to three young kids) left the hospital where he had been working only minutes before it was hit by a car bomb.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, children orphaned and families torn apart by the fighting.

One day, in a medical clinic, Jeremy and Ally met one young boy with a harrowing story. His village had been attacked by airstrikes, his sister killed, and his mother and sister injured.  Even though he was injured himself, there was no more room in the ambulance for him and his dad, so they tried to make it to the border on foot. 

The next day, they were attacked by militia. 

Separated from his dad in the fighting, somehow, this young boy made it the rest of the way to the border alone, with no idea where his family were, or even if they survived.

And this story? It’s just one of thousands of similar stories of trauma, displacement and violence.

Overwhelming? Yes. Frightening? Most definitely. But also, an opportunity. An opportunity to extend a hand of friendship to one of the most friendless people groups in the world. An opportunity to provide support and resource to a community that feels abandoned and alone.

Throughout the conflict, Sparrow International have been leading a small team of volunteers that have been engaged in a wide range of projects, both medical and educational.

On the border, they have worked to provide medical and material relief to refugees fleeing conflict. They have been working in clinics to provide maternal health care, staff training, and medication. They delivered care packs to deaf and mute children orphaned when their parents were killed by ISIS during the war. Home visits with families, the distribution of school supplies, and ongoing education support are just a few more of the many projects that Sparrow have been involved with.

You may not be aware, but Babiators Australia partner with Sparrow in their work to give communities in the most poverty-stricken, oppressed, and isolated regions of the world access to vital medical services and education.

Every time someone buys a pair of Babiators sunglasses on our website, a portion of the sale goes to support Sparrow financially.

And this weekend, (6 - 8 March 2020) in honour of International Women’s Day, we are doubling our donation. For every pair of Blue Series or Limited Edition Babiators bought on our website, we will donate $3, and $2 for every pair of Originals purchased, to Sparrow International.

To join with Babiators in supporting Sparrow’s work, shop here.

To find out more about their work, and donate directly, head over to the Sparrow International Website.


Size Guide

A good fit is an important part of getting kids to wear their sunglasses. Check out the guide below for the recommendations and measurements of our different Babiators sunglasses sizes:

JUNIOR

AGES 0-2

 

 Junior Babiators sunglasses fit most babies 6 months to 2 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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CLASSIC

AGES 3-5

 

Classic Babiators sunglasses fit most children 3 to 5 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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Blue Series 6+

AGES 6 & UP

 

Our 6+ Blue Series sunglasses fit most school age children 6 years and up. Aces are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose. Fit will vary by child depending on head size.    

 

 

 

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If you are not sure if the sunglasses fit well we suggest checking out "The Babiators Sizing Guide" blog post we wrote that shows our wonderful little model who was in between sizes. It has some great pics show how to get the best fit.