“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Help Syrian Refugee Children Attend School in Lebanon
The situation in Lebanon is desperate. A profound political and economic crisis plunged large sections of the country into poverty in 2019, and the pandemic made matters worse. On top of this, one and a half million Syrian refugees arrived in Lebanon as a result of the war in Syria, adding to a population of only four million people. It is a Herculean task for such a small country to appropriately care for so many refugees.
Many Syrians have settled in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, which is close to the frontier with Syria. One of the most urgent tasks in the region is to provide schooling for as many children as possible. Otherwise, theirs could be a lost generation, without a future abroad or in their home country. Without education, problems will continue to worsen, not just for the children themselves but for society in general. Plus, local schooling might persuade families to stay in the region and perhaps return to Syria, rather than emigrate to Europe, the United States, or Canada. Well-educated young people are desperately needed in Syria to help rebuild the country.
The Jesuits run three schools in the Bekaa Valley: two primary schools and one secondary school. Altogether, there are 113 Syrian refugee children enrolled, and Father Marek Cieslik, the overall director of the schools, has asked that we help them. The country’s terrible economic state has made the Jesuits’ work costly.
We are proposing a contribution of $35,700 for the support of these children‘s education, or approximately $315 for each child.
Will you join us in supporting the young Syrian refugees in Lebanon?
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