Posted by Joshua on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
A great NGO that educates the poorest Syrian refugee children in North Lebanon. A big bang for the buck. Contact Laure Bocquet, Organizer
Relief & Reconciliation for Syria – Help us give the Syrian youth a future!
Our NGO «R&R for Syria» combines peace building with practical help. Under the joint authority of local leaders, we are trying to offer a future to Syrian youth.
More than 1 million Syrian refugees have become stranded in Lebanon. Some of them have lost everything. The Akkar district in the North of Lebanon is itself the poorest region of the country and has been neglected by international assistance for many years. Today, it shelters the highest percentage of refugees in Lebanon. The poorest are welcoming the poor.
With the help of more than 850 individual donors, we opened in 2013 the Peace Center in Bkarzla, a small village next to the district capital Halba. The Akkar is a mixed region where a Sunni majority lives side by side with Christians and Alawis. In this region, family ties have crossed the Syrian border for many years. It is the ideal place to create a model that could also work inside Syria.
Our Peace Center welcomes the youth of different confessions and groups, both Syrian and Lebanese. We chose a building in a safe, natural setting to give traumatized children and adolescents the possibility to rest. In our Peace Center, they are receiving psychosocial, educational support, as well as material assistance.
In 2014, R&R worked with more than 20 tented settlements through educational and psychosocial work, enrolled 682 students in our regular educational activities and distributed food baskets and other survival aid to 2,161 most vulnerable families, reaching more than 11,000 individuals.
THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
R&R created and financially supports a Camp School in the refugee Camp Al-Ihsan, situated in the plain of Minyarah. In the end of 2014, 340 students from a dozen surrounding camps were enrolled in Al-Ihsan School that included 14 school classes and 1 pre-school class.
The lack of French language skills is one of the main reasons preventing Syrian students from accessing Lebanese schools. Unlike Syria, the Lebanese curriculum for most main subjects is taught in French. The starting point for R&R’s work with most of our students is hence Intensive Language Classes in French or English as well as basic knowledge of Arabic and math classes if needed. In 2014, altogether 363 children were enrolled in these classes.
Finally R&R organizes Remedial Homework Help Classes as well as a “Work & Learn Scheme” targeting students beyond 15 years of age who have to work. In 2014, more than 300 children participated to these activities.
THE HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM
R&R provides practical help to the youth and their families and these activities serve as a first contact point. In close cooperation with national and international organizations, we are responding to those needs that have so far been neglected. Our assessment has identified hygiene and first aid kits as the most urgent problems in the refugee settlements. We are working on short-term assistance and long-term infrastructure solutions.
THE PSYCHOSOCIAL PROGRAM
Daily child care is offered by local volunteers to children enrolled in the Al- Ihsan camp school. In the second half of 2014, international volunteers started implementing regular dance and sport activities once or twice a week, both for women and for men. Local youth clubs were also established in Michmich and at the Al-Ihsan Camp.
As a peace building initiative, we are politically neutral and not affiliated to any government or party. However we are not neutral in our values. We are pushing for an inclusive peace, based on democracy and human rights. For ourselves, we adopt the principles of nonviolent action, but we do not judge those who are fighting in defense of their beloved.
We emphasize our impartiality in the delivery of services to those in need. Our aid is impartial and not based on nationality, race, religion, or political affiliation; it is based on need alone. Neutrality does not imply ignorance or indifference. We will stay neutral in the attempt to facilitate dialogue, but we will not shy away from denouncing violations of fundamental human rights.
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According to UNICEF, about 440,000 of the officially registered 1.2 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon alone are school-aged children. Only 40,000 of them could access regular schools in 2014. That same year, R&R provided schooling to almost 700 children including language courses and tutoring.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-913-0787