Lebanese Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
More than 10 years after the beginning of the war in Syria, over one million refugees are still present in Lebanon: tens of thousands of children are among these refugees, many of whom were born in the numerous camps spread throughout the country. The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon is helping educate these children, through its Compassion Protestant Society (CPS).
The program operated four refugee centers in 2021-2022, which included about 350 students and 31 teachers and staff members. In addition to education, these service centers also provided some relief to Syrian families already struggling to put food on the table—CPS centers serve one nutritious meal a day plus one snack, and provided primary healthcare services when needed. If enough funding can be found, the CPS hopes to open two additional schools for 2022-2023.
For many refugee children, CPS centers became one of a few places where they can “feel normal”—a place where they are safe, accepted and can dream about a brighter future. Arts, sports, and music became part and parcel of the program at the beginning of this academic year. Developing the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social abilities of children is creating new opportunities for kids to discover their hidden talents and gain new skills to carry with them into their future life.
The fact that most of these children are Muslims and that this project is sponsored by a Church also provides a strong testimony of our will to live in peace and in solidarity with each other, regardless of our differences. It is a question not only of contributing to the future of these children but also of building good neighborly relations, since many of the refugees will undoubtedly remain in Lebanon.
These schools depend solely on the financial donations of church members. Contributions have fallen over the past several years, as Lebanon has faced not only the Covid-19 pandemic but also the explosion in the port of Beirut. Educating Syrian refugee children is a real challenge in this context, and your contribution will make a big difference in continuing this vital ministry. 100% of your gift will go directly to supporting these vital schools.
Thank you so much for your generosity!
Any questions? Contact Nancy Evans 0475/491178 or by mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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