EDUCATION AND CARE FOR SYRIAN YOUTH DISPLACED BY THE WAR
After the emergency aid, we support child victims of war in three educational centres in Latakia (Besnada and Zekezkaniée) and Homs. These centres provide educational support and refresher courses for 700 children (between 6 and 15 years old), most of them displaced people from the cities of Raqqa, Idleb and Deir Ezzor. In 2020, in order to prevent contamination of the Covid, the centres created safe spaces, reducing the number of children taken in. Science, Arabic and literature classes are taught by certified teachers. Psychologists work with children on their trauma.
In 2021, we will continue to support these 3 educational centres. The displaced families whose children we educate are living through a terrible economic crisis in Syria. The fall of the Syrian Pound and the Caesar act preventing the circulation of funds, have dramatic repercussions for the entire Syrian population.
Similarly, we are resuming our training courses on Syrian heritage, given by a Lebanese historian/archaeologist, at the Lazarist school in Damascus so that 300 students in Damascus can get to know and appreciate their own culture and regain pride in their origins.
We will continue our medical support for the children treated in the Good Shepherd Sisters' centre in Damascus. The Syrian capital is home to many very poor families who have lost everything in the war. Packed into 2 or 3 families in insalubrious flats on the outskirts of Damascus, these people receive permanent care from this congregation.
Taking action in Syria