Urgent collect to revive hope for children in Akkar
Children on the brink of collapse
The situation for the children we serve has become unbearable. The total economic breakdown of Lebanon has left more than 90% of Syrian refugees below the minimum subsistance level. For more than two school year, public schools have given close to no classes to most vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian children.
R&R has tripled activities during these two years. In this last school year, more than 450 children have attended the daily classes in our five learning centres, four of which are located in Akkar, Lebanon, and one in Idlib, Syria. Our school support classes in these places became de facto school replacements.
The school year has been successfully concluded in all five R&R centres, but the needs are so much bigger. We spent everything we have received and we need fresh support for our summer projects. After two years of worsening crisis, this summer might be the last chance for this generation to get back on track for their education. We cannot wait until public schools are starting again.
We are going to organise a big summer mountain camp that is putting emphasis on nature, music and the shared cultural heritage of the region. More than 150 Muslim and Christian children, both Syrians and Lebanese, will come together for several days on top of the Akkar mountains to sing and experience nature. This year, we have an archaeologist with us who is going to help the youth to better relate to their shared history by exploring the archaeological sites of the region.
After the end of the mountain camp, we wish to support the local teachers of R&R to give special catch-up classes as from mid-August. The school year is supposed to start again in October, but the children of the most vulnerable families we serve need the support right now. More than 250 children will benefit from daily classes in several locations of Akkar, according to the result of this campaign.
We will also offer workshops for younger children who have been traumatised by the most recent events. One yoga workshop will be given before the start of the daily classes, supplemented by further workshops in music, photography and archaeology, offered by international volunteers to perpetuate the experience of the mountain camp and help the children we serve to create lasting bonds.
The situation in Lebanon has become life-threatening
Lebanon is witnessing a total economic breakdown. For months, hyperinflation has devaluated the little money most people had. For weeks now, people have to queue hours to obtain gasoline for their cars. Electricity and internet are cut for more than half the day and public water is hardly flowing every second day.
Tensions between Lebanese and Syrian refugees are on the rise all over the country. Lebanon has hosted the highest number of refugees per inhabitant for many years now. About 4.5 million Lebanese are welcoming more than 2 million refugees, most of them Syrians. After more than 10 years of crisis, the patience is running out. Expulsions and hostilities against refugees are happening more and more often. This is particularly worrisome as most Syrian refugees don’t have legal papers.
Children are those who are suffering most from this situation. Because of the successive protest movements, lockdowns and strikes, there has been almost no public teaching for Syrian refugees for two consecutive years. And because of the economic crisis, vulnerable families are being forced to resort to negative coping strategies, which further heightens risks of child labour and/or child marriage, and which place the very future of children at stake.
Support our volunteers from around the World
We are a committed and diverse team of ten young volunteers coming from Lebanon, Syria, France, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. We came to Lebanon to help. Despite being specialised in different fields (including law, human security, economics, and political science), our one mission is to help secure educational opportunities and the wellbeing of Lebanese and Syrian refugee children living in the Akkar Governorate of Lebanon.
We need €5,000 to make a difference this summer
The workshops we plan to give and the rent for all class rooms and facilities is covered by R&R. But we need supplementary support to implement the big summer mountain camp and to relaunch special catch-up classes before the start of the school year. Your donations will be used for the following lines of expenditure:
€3,000 for 640 teaching hours, given by 18 local teachers over 4 weeks
€1,000 catering for 150 children and 20 animators over 4 days of the mountain camp
€750 transportation (buses and drivers) of 150 children to the mountain camp
€250 learning materials for 250 children during the camp and the summer classes
Thank you for your generous help
You can donate from any part of the world if you have a credit/debit card, a PayPal account or a simple bank account. Please click here for further details!
We will update regularly the progress bar of this campaign and we will inform you about the implementation of this project on the social media of R&R. You can access our Facebook page without having an own Facebook account.
Thank you very much for your generous support! With your help, we can boost our volunteer work and make a real difference for the children in need.