Dear Friends of Salam LADC سلام,
Constantly developing, Salam LADC’s activities are now being expanded to a broader – and older – public! As part of the CineMafiMushkila, we screened an Egyptian comedy for the greatest pleasure of both adults and children. Entertaining events are greatly appreciated by people of all ages in the refugee settlements, where very little distraction is offered and life after five years of exile is often monotonous.
Moreover, our team met with a group of teenage girls living in an informal refugee settlement who wish to have English lessons. The group of young women aged 15 to 20 are ready to start their classes this week with our experienced volunteer Lou La Klo. These lessons will take place two times a week in the community centre of El Marj, where Salam LADC سلام already conducts educational programmes for children.
Social activities are also part of many Salam LADC’s programmes. Last week, a local refugee family from Syria living in our neighbourhood hosted our volunteers Vincent Mansour Koumalenko, Emma Hett, Jess Stone, Lou and Jon Yee for a community dinner. We provide the groceries, and they share their cooking skills and recipes, while we prepare and share a meal all together in their home.
Regarding our educational programme, our volunteer team is actively working on the national Back to School campaign, ensuring that all the child refugees we teach in the field will be enrolled in formal education system for the beginning of the next school year in September. In the meanwhile, Ghassan F. Althahir, Emma Hett, Jess Stone, Maria Stacke, Mohammad Hamoud, Guillem Jiménez Vilà and Justine Boillat continue running basic maths and English sessions in four refugee settlements.
Play with Purpose has been inspired by the international events and conducted activities related to the Olympic Games in two different refugee settlements. Teaching sport vocabulary in English and loads of outdoor games were part of the weekly programme, organised by Benny Schwarz, Guillem and Jess! Thanks to donations from Trysil Montessoriskole SA , we could buy new jump ropes and hula hoops, which the kids love!
On the construction site, the CatalyticAction education centre is taking shape, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers Vincent, Dominique Minnig, Jon and Guillem, who did not even stop during the weekend!
Last week was also a step forward in our collaboration with local actors, in particular the municipality of Anjar, where we had access for the first time to conduct a food distribution. In addition, two more containers shipped from Europe and filled with aid were released last week and transported to different regions of Lebanon for a joint distribution with the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs. This all involves a great deal of sorting out and packing for Salam LADC سلام volunteers.
Hard work, but we all keep up the good work and energy. Distribution ready to occur in the coming days!
Text by Justine Boillat