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Jan 2, 2019

Investing in the Next Generation

There are around 500,000 to 600,000 Syrian refugee children, but despite all the help from international and local NGOs, along with the Lebanese government, only 160,000 of these children have been reached.

Public schools have been opening PM shifts, especially for these refugees. With all these efforts, more than 300,000 children still remain without schooling.

This year, GHNI launched new classes at the House of Sarah for women and children to overcome illiteracy. These classes are in addition to the three vocational training programs and art classes that we have been providing.

This school will be taking part in supporting hundreds of children with education. Our aim is to provide the younger generation with tools to enhance their living standards and rebuild their country when they go back.

Some children are very thirsty to learn, which is healthy as they grow. When watching and analyzing their behavior, we noticed that they were sometimes hyperactive to the extent of violence. The more they are studying and becoming educated, the less violent and hyperactive the children become. When talking with them, they had only bitter memories of the war, damaged houses, and dead friends and family members. Now they have increased general knowledge and preferences, and they have begun to dream.

In the future, they will be an educated generation that pursues what they love in peace, while they rebuild their home country better than it was.

In addition, we have been providing health services five days per week to maintain the well-being of the children and all their family members.

Jan 2, 2019

Celebrating Their Teacher

Students with their teacher
Students with their teacher

Today I would like to share with you regarding our computer center. Last month, a few of our children celebrated Teacher’s Day in our computer center. The name of our teacher is Aarav*. He is very willing to serve the children, so the children decided to surprise Aarav. I am very glad that the children are doing so well with their computer courses.

I also would like to share about Arjun*. He is a young man studying in 7th grade. He lives with his parents beside the railway track. His family is very poor. A few months ago, he joined our computer center. It’s good that we are able to give him a computer education with minimum fees. The whole family is very happy about it. He has started learning MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, these names are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.

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Jan 2, 2019

A Family Learns to Thrive

Jelena lives in a orgovska mahala with her husband and three children (two boys and a girl). Her husband is a musician and supports the family as such. Life has been very hard for them. Now, Jelena is part of our Transformational Community Development (TCD) group. Her behavior towards her husband and children has improved and there is more peace in the family. Jelena has also learned how to care and maintain good health from the TCD.
 

Jelena’s daughter has a problem with her spine and leg. Jelena listened to the advice and took her daughter to the doctor. She's doing better, thanks to the TCD teaching. We hope to see more improvements in social and health areas in the community.

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