Art of Hope aims to engage children in activities during the time when they’re facing the harsh reality of staying behind with no opportunity of a proper education.
Through our arts & crafts workshops, we will not only bring back a sense of normalcy, dignity, and belonging for these children, but will also address their emotional, psychological, and PTSD vulnerabilities through expert therapists and social workers.
In addition, by engaging mothers and adult girls in vocational training programs the organization strives to bring back a sense of self-worth, dignity, and normalcy that in the long-term will help them to have a smoother journey to overcome the tumultuous realities of living life as survivors of war—whether in a host country or back home in Syria.
Based on the desperate need for help in Lebanon, Art of Hope’s first "class" will be launched in the Lebanon/Syria border region with the aim of growing its programing into other parts of Lebanon, the Middle East, and ultimately Europe, that are all struggling from the large influx of refugees.
Today, as the Syrian crisis grows in its sixth year, Lebanon maintains the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world—making it an incredibly vulnerable host country that’s receiving the largest influx of Syrian refugees that's only projected to grow.
To date, with a population of about 4.5 million, Lebanon is host to over 1.3 million Syrian refugees in addition to about 500 Palestinian refugees. These are official UNHCR numbers, but including those unregistered and unaccounted for, local NGOs say that the number of Syrian refugees reaches an estimated 2 million as of 2016.
Art of Hope is grateful to have local Lebanese partners on the ground, including the “Rescue Me” Foundation, led by expert social worker sisters: Ms. Nancy and Ms. Maya Yamout (MSW) and “Lebanese Youth Network” headed by Mr. Yasser Zgheib.
Each Lebanese NGO, will support Art of Hope’s mission based on their very unique and specific areas of expertise. Rescue Me serves as Art of Hope's programming & therapy coordinator while the Lebanese Youth Network serves as our field coordinator. Both NGOs mutually play an important role in sustaining and supporting Art of Hope’s presence on the ground and will work hand in hand toward the same mission that’s determined, managed, and monitored by Art of Hope.
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LYN (Lebanese Youth Network)
Imagine if 170 million refugees decided to walk into the U.S., that’s what happened to Lebanon.”
Fmr. Lebanese Education Minister, Elias Bou Saab