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Lego teams up with Sesame Street to help refugee kids play

FILE PHOTO: The LEGOLAND entrance is seen in Windsor, Britain May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A charitable basis set up by toymaker Lego has granted $100 million to the not-for-profit group behind hit TV present “Sesame Street” to help present academic toys to kids affected by the Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises.

The kids will obtain storybooks, video games, movies and puzzles that includes Sesame Street’s widespread puppets, the Lego Foundation mentioned on Wednesday.

“By providing play-based learning to children in crisis, we can help mitigate the detrimental, long term effects of displacement and trauma,” Foundation CEO John Goodwin mentioned.

The Lego Foundation owns 25 p.c of the Danish toy brick maker and was set up by the corporate’s founding household.

The Sesame Foundation will work with organizations together with Bangladesh-based BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental growth group, to attain kids affected by the Rohingya and Syria crises.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a sweeping military crackdown in Myanmar final 12 months, in accordance to U.N. companies. Human rights teams and Rohingya activists have put the demise toll from the crackdown within the hundreds.

According to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNCHR), 68.5 million individuals are displaced worldwide. Among them are round 25 million refugees, over half of whom are underneath 18.

Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Mark Potter

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