Education and psychosocial care for Syrian refugee children and youth
The civil war in Syria has lasted since 2011. Millions of Syrian refugees flee to neighboring countries, such as Lebanon. In Lebanon, around 5.6 million people live on an area no larger than the state of Upper Austria. According to the United Nations, there are more than 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon. More than 50 percent of them are children and youth
Traumatic experiences: Many refugee children from Syria are often traumatized by their experiences before and during their flight. In this project, we address the topics of traumatization through war experience. In addition, we enable the children to spend time outside their homes, where they face precarious and unworthy living conditions in informal refugee camps.
Education: 250,000 Syrian refugee children do not have the opportunity to get a place in schools in Lebanon. Many children are being forced into the informal labor market at the age of six. Hilfswerk Austria International currently operates seven centers for children and youth in order to prepare Syrian refugee children for the Lebanese school system.
- To help improve the life situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
- Long-term care: To strengthen the coping mechanisms, psychosocial health and the social well-being of the Syrian refugee children
- Education for children as preparation for the Lebanese school system
- Workshops on the topics of acceptance, self-confidence, dealing with grief and anger as well as integration
- Leisure activities and awareness raising, e.g. through theater, sports and games
- Psychosocial care: Experienced social workers and therapists take care of the worries and fears of the children in the centers
More than 1.100 Syrian refugee children and youth in Lebanon and their families.
Burj Hammoud, Sinel Fil (Beirut), Tripoli (North-Lebanon), Halba (Akkar), Zahlé, Kfrazabad (Bekaa) and Saida (South-Lebanon)