A school for Sabra and Chatila

sabra shatilaThe Lebanese refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila, which were the scene of the massacres perpetrated by the Lebanese Phalangists in 1982, are a place where Palestinian refugees are living "confined" for about 70 years, they are NOT places, forgotten by everyone, where there is no law and civilization, 17,000 Palestinian refugees live locked up without the possibility of work, education, where these people try to survive. More than 4000 Syrian refugees have recently joined these people. These camps are devoid of any service and assistance facilities. Sewers, roads, schools and any other social structure are missing, and first of all work for these people who also have difficulty getting out of the fields and going to nearby places. Previously there were some educational and welfare structures guaranteed by UNHCR, the UN agency for refugees and refugees, but with the reduction of the agency's funding to stop US funding for the agency itself, there will be a further reduction of the few school structures. Already today, most young people do not study and spend the day in the non-streets of these refugee camps, possible victims of drugs, abandonment, violence and fundamentalism.

Our small contribution to improve this situation at least a little bit is to create a small school inside these refugee camps to bring a minimum of education to these children. We want to build a school inside a specially rented apartment for 3 years and start a school cycle thanks also to the Lebanese teaching volunteers and the Annas Linnas Association.

Paraphrasing JFK “…. Don't ask yourself what your country does for you…. ask yourself what you can do for your country ". In this case what can we do for the future of these children who now play abandoned in the streets because they do not attend any school.  In this 110 m2 apartment, a school will be created for younger children from 5 to 12 years old to teach how to write and read, as well as a foreign language (English / French), the computer and all that is the program of a school of 'obligation. It is hoped to be able to reach a number of about 350 children in various sessions (the estimated capacity of the school is 90 people).

In addition, after school activities, the rooms will be used to welcome other young people in the field who can use it as a cultural center to learn a foreign language, to use the computer, and especially for girls to do some jobs such as sewing, working with the glass and wood, making clothes, shoes and other objects that can allow these women a minimum of sustenance and autonomy.

   The didactic activity will be carried out by refugee Palestinian teachers and teachers in the fields who will be given a minimum reimbursement of expenses, which will be supported by other teachers and staff with experience of the Lebanese Association for the activation of courses and cultural activities as well as for the continuation of the activities.

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