Transactional relief takes two forms. Our Relief and Community Care is in the form of supplemental food & hygiene portion distributions where we are able to address the needs of the whole family.
Our second form is our Children at Risk where our H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty through Education) Educational Programs, allow our team to address the needs of the at-risk-children living in Lebanon.
1: Relief & Community Care
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 monthly food and hygiene items that are vital to basic health. These supplemental 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 different needs arise we hold special distribution, such as Winterization Kits. These distributions include carpets, winter clothing, blankets, mattresses and heaters to offset the harsh winter conditions.
2: Children at Risk
52 percent of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees are children whom are under the age of 18. These children have seen and experienced horrible things in their long lives and most of them have been out of school for over 4 years. Without an education they will not develop the intellectual or vocational capacity necessary to find a stable job in the future. They become prime targets for radical groups to exploit
Here is what we are doing to move these children from Despair to Hope
(Helping Overcome Poverty through Education) is a Non-Formal Education Program where children ages 5-12 are given the opportunity to learn basic Arabic, English, and Math as well as character development lessons based on biblical principles. Three H.O.P.E. Centers are located in Beirut, Bekaa, and South Lebanon.
HOPE on Wheels
A mobile ministry traveling between tent communities offering refugee children (especially ones not in a H.O.P.E. Center) a monthly opportunity where they are able to play in a safe environment, and enjoy being children, something that was taken away from many of them due to conflict and war.