In the past year, II have taken two trips to Lebanon to meet refugees from the Syrian war and people in Lebanon and near the Syrian border making a difference. I have met countless families who fled their homes with only the clothes on their backs. Like you, I can’t imagine making the choice to leave the only home I knew to move to an unfamiliar place, live in a tent or makeshift conditions and have no access to work and no education for your kids just to stay safe. That is reality for over two million people right now, over half children.
It is hard to put in words the level of need for these people, but it is my direct experience in Lebanon meeting people with needs that led me to join my friends in taking action to help. We created and organization that will directly impact widows and children through education and psychological support. There are many organizations that help with shelter, clothing, support, and food, but few deal with the psychological trauma of war and lack of education these kids desperately need.
Safe Spaces Lebanon, 501c3 non-profit, was formed to empower refugees and others in need who are experiencing the devastating effects of war. Safe Spaces Lebanon is confident that the greatest lever for affecting positive change is education coupled with psychosocial development. Safe Spaces Lebanon’s mission is to engage, empower, and educate refugees in the midst of crisis.
With your help, we will empower women and children affected by the war in Syria to rediscover hope for their futures by creating meaningful opportunities for them to realize their potential and envision a future of promise. We are opening our first Safe Space site, which doubles as a school, in the municipality of Saida, in partnership with Al Reaaya, an NGO providing relief and developmental support to orphans and widows affected by the war.
To advance our mission, Safe Spaces Lebanon has set a fundraising goal of $500,000 over the next 36 months – this will allow us to build & the school including educational and psychosocial support for hundreds of refugees and poor Lebanese and Palestinian children. I have personally committed to raising 10% of our total goal.
Would you and your family consider contributing to help us engage, empower and educate refugees in the midst of crisis?
Here’s how you can help:
Thank you in advance for your support. Your contribution toward our goals and mission is greatly appreciated.