Who We Are
We are 3,000 Syrian children in danger of losing our education at Al Amal Teaching Centers. We demand our right to learn and call on international support to help us achieve our dreams!
Children of Hope is a child refugee led initiative. The campaign commenced on 4 April 2019 with a student press conference in Bekka, Lebanon. We explained our education crisis to global societies, responsible agencies, public policy makers and other influential world actors.
We are Children of Hope. We are the voices of Syria’s future leaders.
The Al Amal Teaching Centers are implemented by MAPs (Multi aid programs), a Syrian-led grassroots organization providing free informal education to 3,000 children across nine informal tented camps in Lebanon. The Lebanese curriculum, in addition to peace building, art therapy, psychological support, health literacy, and medical testing, is provided for grades K-6 in 50 mobile shipping caravans. The aim is to achieve high quality learning to secure a healthy and well-educated generation prepared to participate in building Syria’s future.
We have been uprooted from our homes, separated from friends and family, and deprived of basic daily necessities and human rights. The Lebanese Ministry of Education lacks the capacity to meet our community’s needs and humanitarian investment in long-term quality education remains scarce: over 250,000 displaced children are deprived of education in Lebanon.
MAPs has only secured funding for the first semester of the 2019 school year. Already, 150 Syrian teachers have been working without salaries for several months. Physical education and cultural studies have been eliminated from the daily schedule. And, school uniforms are no longer available. Every school desk will be empty if we don’t receive financial support.
Rates of child labour among refugees in Lebanon is the highest in the world. Through quality education programs, MAPs has successfully reduced rates of children labor and early marriage. The termination of our education program will have a detrimental impact on the fabric of life in our displaced Syrian community.
Sponsor a student & prevent the termination of education!
A donation of only €300 ($350) will educate one student for an academic year. This includes stationery, teachers’ wages, land fees and innovative extracurricular activities to build resilient, innovative and inspired future leaders. Every penny raised will go directly to our education centers.
Children of Hope sincerely thanks you for supporting their dreams and investing in their dignified futures.