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Watch the video below for an overview of the Jarahieh School and playground to be built for refugee children in Lebanon.
More about the Jarehieh Tent School
Challenge: Refugee camps provide a haven for the basic needs of survival; food, shelter, water and basic health care. What they lack though is what every child should have: activities! Refugee children, just like all children, need to play, not only for fun but for their social and emotional development. Play improves their mental and physical health and starts them back on the path to their bright futures.
Location 1: Jarahieh School for Syrian Refugee Children - West Bekaaa, Al-Marej town, Jarahieh, Lebabon
Purpose: We are partnering with Catalytic Action to build a playground at the Jarahieh School for Syrian Refugee Children in Jarahieh, Lebanon for approximately 320 children, ages 5-14. The school was established in 2014 and is located in the Jarahieh informal tented settlement. At the moment the school lacks a space for recreational development for the children.
Location 2: Caritas Hellas Shelter in Lesvos, Greece
Purpose: We are working with the Caritas Protection Shelter in Lesvos to develop a playground for the children. Play equipment to be delivered includes: a double slide, 2 see-saws, swing, tunnel and a ping pong table.
“Play is the exultation of the possible.” - Martin Buber
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison
Together, Jusoor and Sawa for Development Aid responded to the lack of educational opportunities for the refugee population by building the Jarahieh School; a temporary tented school which provides education to approximately 320 children, aged 5-14, per year. The school was established in 2014 and is located in the Jarahieh informal tented settlement. The school was built using a wooden structure and is covered in fabric – similar to those provided by UNHCR for shelters. Despite these huge achievements, the current school structure needs to be improved to enhance the educational environment and the quality of life for these children and their families. The school should not only be a place to learn skills, but also a psychological and emotional safe haven – a place for children to be happy. At the moment, the ‘tent school’ has very poor lighting, issues with the temperature and sound levels, and a lack of any recreational space. The school also incurs unnecessary costs annually due to issues with ongoing maintenance.