S4S - Community Center for out-of-school Syrian Refugee Children 

At the spark of the Syrian Crisis in 2011, Lebanon witnessed an immense influx of Syrians at its borders, fleeing the atrocities of war to find refuge in a country already mired in political and economic struggles. Over 1.5 million displaced Syrians settled in informal tented settlements and unfinished buildings; half of those displaced were vulnerable Syrian refugee children. With Lebanese public schools being oversaturated and lacking the capacity to absorb refugee children so that they are offered a quality education, BBJ partnered with S4S in 2015 to target the most vulnerable out-of-school children and provide informal education. It set up a community center in the South of Lebanon, Tyre district. The community center represents a protection space for 150 Syrian children between the ages of 5 to 15 living in the surrounding camps and gatherings. It offers the following: 

 

-       Informal education: Arabic, English, Math, Basic Science  

-       Psycho-social support: art therapy, drama, PSS through play 

-       Hygiene raising awareness activities 

-       Parent-child counseling (inside the center and within the camps) 

-       Vocational training and Language (youth ages 15 to 35): Autocad, Basic Computer Skills, English

-       Life skills 

 

In parallel, Arabic literacy programs are provided to over 200 refugees from all ages within the camps. BBJ also carries out clothes and food parcel distribution on a needs basis.