Humanitarian Aid and Education
1: Humanitarian Aid
Caring physically for families is the first step though which we are able to connect and begin a relationship that allows us to invest in lives on a deeper level. We distribute supplemental food and hygiene items that are vital to basic health. These monthly portions are given to families, regardless of religion or personal belief – we insure that these families fit the vulnerability criteria and are indeed in need. As needs arise we hold special distributions of carpets, winter clothing, blankets, sleeping mats and heaters to offset the harsh winter conditions.
2: Children at Risk
Fifty-two percent of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon are children under the age of 18. These children have seen and experienced horrific things in their young lives. Most of the children have been out of school for over 5 years, which has made them prime targets for radical groups to exploit. Without an education they will not develop the intellectual or vocational capacity necessary to establish a better future for their families and communities.
Here is what we are doing to move these children from Despair to Hope
(Helping Overcome Poverty through Education) provides non-formal education for refugee children who are unable to afford school. This program gives children the opportunity to learn basic Arabic, English, math and health awareness as well as Biblical character development instruction. There are also special opportunities for art, music, and tutoring. H.O.P.E. Educational Programs are located in Beirut, Bekaa, and South Lebanon.
HOPE on Wheels
A mobile ministry truck traveling between tent communities offers refugee children, not participating in the H.O.P.E. Educational Program, an opportunity to play in a safe environment and enjoy being children again. The children are taught health awareness and Biblical truths through fun and entertaining skits, videos, and music.