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True Vine Education Project

OVERVIEW

The True Vine learning center and the Fayda ITS learning center provide displaced children who are unable to access Lebanese education with the opportunity to learn basic subjects, life skills and gain psychosocial support. Sustain this project with financial contributions and prayer. 

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Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) 

The Situation

In recent history, Lebanon has been home to the greatest number of refugees proportionally to other countries of its size. Fifty three percent of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. Many refugees do not have legal residency, which leaves them without health care and access to education. Lebanon’s poor economic situation and civil unrest, along with the complications of COVID-19, have affected vulnerable individuals’ access to education. The main barrier refugee families experience in obtaining education for their children is their financial situation.

Other issues include language barriers, different levels of education, and discrimination among peers. In Bekaa specifically, many children are working in agriculture and over half report they do not attend school in order to work. To assist Syrian children in gaining equal opportunities, MERATH and LSESD, with support from CBM, secure basic and quality education and psychosocial support for displaced children.

OVERVIEW

The True Vine learning center and the Fayda ITS learning center provide displaced children who are unable to access Lebanese education with the opportunity to learn basic subjects, life skills and gain psychosocial support. Sustain this project with financial contributions and prayer. 

The Situation

In recent history, Lebanon has been home to the greatest number of refugees proportionally to other countries of its size. Fifty three percent of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. Many refugees do not have legal residency, which leaves them without health care and access to education. Lebanon’s poor economic situation and civil unrest, along with the complications of COVID-19, have affected vulnerable individuals’ access to education. The main barrier refugee families experience in obtaining education for their children is their financial situation.

Other issues include language barriers, different levels of education, and discrimination among peers. In Bekaa specifically, many children are working in agriculture and over half report they do not attend school in order to work. To assist Syrian children in gaining equal opportunities, MERATH and LSESD, with support from CBM, secure basic and quality education and psychosocial support for displaced children.

How We Are Helping

Here are a few vital opportunities MERATH and LSESD offer displaced families to ensure children have support and access to education: 

Basic curriculum and life skills education

From kindergarten to grade five, the learning centers offer training from mentored and trained staff in life skills, math, Arabic, and English to help mitigate the language gap Syrian children often experience. Chapel and science classes are offered in the Fayda ITS learning center. 

Psychosocial (PSS) programs

Many displaced Syrian children have experienced trauma. Counsellors meet the psychological and social needs of the children to help restore security and dignity.  

Adult literacy classes

 Classes are offered to adults wanting to learn how to read and write.  

Photo of Lebanese girls in a school classroom
photo of Lebanese women using a sewing machine

The Impact of Our Work

Zeina and her daughter Jihane are refugees from Syria, where Zeina lost her husband due to the war, leading her to poverty. After fleeing to Lebanon, she was unsure of how to continue with her daughter’s education, as there are less opportunities for Syrian refugee children to receive quality education. Then they found help in the True Vine school, where they receive so much love and support from the staff and teachers. Jihane is now very interested in her studies because of the encouragement the teachers provide her.  

“It is my hope that my daughter can continue her education and reach all that she wants to in her life. She used to be very shy but now is very sociable and enjoys participating in class. I’m so thankful.” 

Damiana, Chagas Project Beneficiary

“This project provides displaced Syrian children with high-quality education and access to onsite psychologists to support children who have experienced and are continuing to experience acute and chronic trauma.” 
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