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Aug 7, 2018

Foundation for success

Refugee Families in Lebanon

More than three million Syrian refugees fled to Lebanon seeking shelter from the raging war in Syria. Due to the high number of refugees, neither the UN nor the numerous NGOs were able to meet the great need. The need is even greater when the families are made up of a husband, wife, and children numbering from six to ten. When they are made up of a husband and more than one wife, the number of children is usually from 11 to 22.

Recent statistics show that 781 babies were born last October, and more than 250,000 babies were born in Lebanon among the refugees throughout the year. Bear in mind that many children haven't been registered with the government and, thus, the real number is much higher. The UN declared that 85% of families live in unhealthy places, are malnourished, and have scarce food.

Many girls between the ages of 12 - 16 years are being married to men the age of their fathers. Due to the high number of child marriages, divorce rates have increased, and they often divorce after just one month of marriage.

Since Lebanon is a small country with four million people, and since the Syrian refugees are almost the same number, all the Lebanese villages and cities are affected by this phenomenon.  GHNI-Lebanon has a role in helping many people by enhancing education, improving health, providing clean water, and teaching them how to generate income.

*Farah's family has seven children. They benefited from several programs offered by GHNI. Her mother used to regularly attend our programs and the children used to attend classes. Consequently, they occasionally opened their tent for awareness lessons to be held.
 

Due to the hard-living conditions, the father did not have any choice but to make his daughter get married, like thousands of fathers, as a way of cutting down the burden.  Farah got married at the age of 14 years and was divorced just two years after. After she managed to reach Germany, the government offered her education since she was underage. Despite her divorce, Farah succeeded at school and received an honor award for the academic year from 2016 to 2017.

A few days ago, Farah was celebrated by all of her family. They were very grateful for all the years of investment GHNI has done in their lives.

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Farah” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.

 

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Aug 7, 2018

Transforming lives

Transformative development is slow but visible in Dorgovska mahala Village. Last month, the children prepared an event for Easter. The parents were delighted to listen to the program prepared by their children in mahala. Women were baking cookies and they all brought juices to share. Villagers understand that unity can accomplish a lot.

Dragomir is part of our committee in mahala. In the past, he was a criminal involved with drugs and conflict with people in mahala. Today he’s a completely different person. Together with women from the Transformational Community Development (TCD) group, he teaches and continues to progress. He talks to others about what he has learned.

Our board in mahala is actively undergoing training. We are expecting great strides in progress.

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Jul 16, 2018

Education brings hope to children in India

Jatapara Village, India

The Jatapara community is doing well. This month we had a small parent meeting. In this, they were told about the courses and that they should send their children to school and encourage them to not be absent from classes.

"Their children are the future towards a better society. Education helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. Some debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. They are right."

Now people are encouraged and they know why children should regularly go to school. We hope in the coming days that they follow what they have learned and that instead of children working, they will be in school.

 

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