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Veterans help fill gaps in refugee school projects in Iraq

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A nonprofit with New Hampshire roots is putting a new spin on back-to-school shopping by helping equip 10 classrooms for refugee children in Iraq.

TentED was created in 2014 by three U.S. Army veterans, two of whom met as students at the University of New Hampshire. Rather than start from scratch, the group works with existing educational aid programs to raise money and deliver what it calls "last mile" essentials, including school supplies, bus transportation and recreational activities.

The group has funded about 15 projects in the last two years in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and is currently partnering with an organization that is building a new school for more than 250 children.

Co-founder Zach Bazzi says education often gets overlooked during conflict and he wants to change that.

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