Lebanon Update - May 2018

Lebanon Update - May 2018

Overview of Progress

Rich in culture and ancient history, Lebanon is a mosaic of different religions and cultures. The tiny nation shares a border to the north with Syria and to the south with Israel. After spending years rebuilding itself since the violent conflicts that erupted there at the end of the 20thcentury, Lebanese children’s rights are still not fully protected. It’s not uncommon for them to face issues such as poverty, a limited education, child labour, child marriage, and discrimination against girls. 

The country is also dealing with another crisis – it has the highest per capita refugee population in the world. Lebanon has absorbed more than 1 million refugees from neighbouring Syria, and today almost one in three children in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee. There are few options for a Syrian child refugee as they are undocumented with little hope of changing their status. An education is unlikely, food is scarce, and they’re at risk for forced child labour, discrimination, targeted violence, and other dangers. Escaping the grips of extreme poverty is nearly impossible and life is a daily struggle to survive.  

Thanks to your support, our partner Kids Alive Lebanon is working with these kids and providing holistic care, community outreach, and an education.

There is Hope in Reconciliation 

Most of the students of the Oasis Refugee Program have had little to no experience going to school, and when they arrive at the program they are usually academically very behind peers their own age. In the program they are provided a quality education, a nutritious lunch and are learning about a God of love and hope. Traditionally, the Oasis Refugee Program and the Dar el Awlad school have operated as two separate educational programs and have noticed a struggled with some segregation between the two programs. 

Due to the country’s political climate stemming in part from the refugee crisis, the Lebanese people are struggling with strong emotions over the situation. The staff have shared their vision for the Dar el Awlad community to be a place of forgiveness and reconciliation and are intentional with bringing the two school communities together. This vision also permeates into each program and activity that they plan for the children in the residential and education programs. 

Recently seven children graduated from the Oasis Refugee program and were transitioned into the Dar el Awlad school. Staff report that the new students are interacting together, and a sense of reconciliation is growing. The children are doing well, and the staff are hopeful future students will be able to make the same transition from the refugee program into the school. 

Thanks to your generous support, kids are growing in their knowledge of a loving God, and the campus is a light in the community. Students are receiving a quality education, learning in a safe environment, and lives are changing. 


Give Thanks

  • Growth in the outreach program to refugees.
  • The new class of 12 at New Horizons.
  • Community families experiencing inspiring testimonies from their kids who attend Oasis.
  • Growth in the staff development programs.


Prayer Requests

  • Hiring new staff to fill vacant positions.
  • Stability in Lebanon and the Middle East.
  • Counsellors to helpt he children process and heal from their traumatic experiences.


 

Goals

  • Looking into options to increase the outreach program to refugee children and their displaced families.
  • Raising the levels of education to compensate for the kids 
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