A church in eastern Lebanon has opened the basement to house a school for refugee children. Today, the church has two functioning community centers, located close to the refugee camps where many Syrian families live. One center serves 160 children and the other 120. They accept children of all religions and have the support of Open Doors.
Children who had not been studying for years, now can go to school. They express their joy at being able to return to the classroom. One of them is 13-year-old Farouq, who says, “Before I came to this school, I would do all day without doing anything. I was very upset that I was not in school a few years ago. So I’m very happy that now I can go. Studying is very important for our future. ” Farouq likes math and wants to be a civil engineer to help rebuild his country.
Involved rejoice with future perspective
Haleh *, an 11-year-old student, is from Aleppo, Syria. She says, “I was so happy when my mother said I was accepted into school.” She likes Arabic and math. Wafa *, 8, lived near Homs. He says, “I was very bored before I went to school. Now I can read Arabic. ” He really likes the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.
A church official says, “Many Syrian children have come to Lebanon at 5 or 6 years of age. And some just went to school at age 11 or 12. We’re doing a good job. Many of the children who leave our school after the 5th grade are doing very well. ” The school is not allowed to give certificates, but has an agreement with another school, which accepts the children to continue their studies. That way, they will have the official certificate.
Hadil * is a school teacher and is Syrian. She says, “Everything we plant in a child will have a great impact on the future. I really hope and believe we can give them a better future. I hope they will receive long-term education. ” Another teacher also testifies: “I love working here. In addition to teaching subjects such as Arabic, English, mathematics, we also teach them to love and respect each other. It’s so much more than just reading and writing. ”
Help bring hope to Iraq and Syria
The war continues in Syria and Christians continue to be targeted by Muslim extremists. Although the Islamic state has already largely been banned from Mosul and the Nineveh plain in Iraq, it has left behind a trail of devastation. Through our partners, Open Doors is providing food and basic assistance to 700 Syrian families in Lebanon. It also provides education for 600 Syrian children.
Their support is keeping hope alive for thousands of families in Iraq and Syria as well as for refugees in neighboring nations like the children in this story. There are several ways you can support our persecuted brothers and sisters:
* Names changed for security reasons.