Insan Association is successfully continuing to provide its different services in Education and psycho-social support in both informal refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley and refugee populations residing in Beirut's suburbs.
Our project focuses on empowering the children of refugees through providing education and psycho-social support to them and their families. During the summer months (July and August) a Summer camp has been organized for refugee children where they were provided with language classes (in Arabic and English) in addition to activities, such as arts, dance and sports classes.
Furthermore, we have started a new needs assessment in both Bekaa and Beirut, in order to update our data regarding the most urgent needs in education and vocational trainings among the youth and children of refugees within these regions. The findings of the needs assessment will be compiled in a report, with the aim of utilizing the content in updating our programs and/or building new activities specially in vocational trainings for the refugee youth.
In addition to that, Insan has started conducting positive parenting sessions for the refugee parents in both locations. These sessions have been very well received and are considered as a real need within the community.
During the last quarter of the academic year 2017-2018, the academic progress of the children attending INSAN's education project has been more and more visible. In addition to that, and because of INSAN's holistic approach, the children and their families are much more comfortable in their communities and are coping well with their new situation.
In addition to providing education for refugee children, INSAN with its holistic approach, provides psycho-social support to the family as a whole were the child is at the core, in addition to legal and medical support.
In the last quarter, the children made a significant progress in their schooling and the majority will be ready to integrate regular schools for the academic year 2018-2019. Some children with sever cases have been followed up by INSAN's psychologist and this also assisted them in their schoolwork.
Moreover, several outings and fun activities took place during this period. The children, went to a children theater show, had a pic-nick and were invited by another school for a fun day - filled with games and activities.
Your continuous and generous support in assisting these refugee kids to have a chance for a better future and to be able to break the cycle of misfortune. INSAN also held regular awareness sessions for the parents to stress on the importance of education for their children's future and more and more parents are becoming convinced and want to keep their children at school, even when they are living in great financial difficulties.
December marked the end of the first quarter, and the appropriate moment to evaluate our project and our educational programs.
Since the beginning of the year we have opened five new classes.
Two of them are saved for younger children (between 5 and 6 years old), one for illiterate youth (10 to 15 years old) and two for older children (10 to 15 years old). Those classes welcomed 106 children every day.
Academically, we witnesses a lot of improvement relatively at a fast paste.
However, it’s a little bit too soon to evaluate the psycho-social support. Most of them are refugees and went through a difficult times. Some of them lived or worked on the streets during few months or years. Nevertheless, through individual and group therapy sessions, we noticed some behavior enhancement such as a better concentration, less violence, a better response to the authority, more confidence and ability to trust each other.
We also had to adapt our social support to fit the new beneficiaries’ situations. Due to an insecure and precarious situation, we need to spend a lot of time and attention on them and their parents, we organized different workshops and events that grows the parents' interest in their children's academic life and to promote girls’ education.
Every year we’re able to help more and more people in need, and this is only possible with your support. On behalf of the entire team, we sincerely thank you for your generosity and for your solidarity with the children.
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