50 Kids Like Kaiis

Kaiis study case (1)

Kaiis, age 9, at his tent school in Lebanon

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON – Tent Schools International (TSI) is partnering with Lebanese Christians to impact Bekaa Valley, an area with the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Hinging on the support of donors, a new tent school is planned for a camp near the city of Zahle this spring.

George*, director of TSI’s partner organization in Lebanon, has helped establish three tent schools so far in Bekaa Valley. He says that without schooling, many of the children in the camps are forced into low-paying day labor or illegal activity to support their families. Some experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have nowhere to turn for a renewed sense of safety, healing or growth.

“There is nothing as heartwarming as seeing the smile on Kaiis’s face every morning,” wrote his teacher. “He is a hard worker, and we can see that he is already improving. He has such a servant’s heart.”

Nine-year-old Kaiis attends one of the schools planted by George’s organization. Kaiis came to Lebanon from Syria with one of his sisters and his parents four years ago, leaving an older brother and sister at home. Later, the family learned that Kaiis’s sister had been killed. Despite the hardship his family has experienced, Kaiis has found his haven – he is eager to be in school.

“There is nothing as heartwarming as seeing the smile on Kaiis’s face every morning,” wrote his teacher. “He is a hard worker, and we can see that he is already improving. He has such a servant’s heart.”

The new school near Zahle, planted by Tent Schools International and our Lebanese partner, will serve 50 Syrian children like Kaiis, some who have never been to school, and others whose education was disrupted when their families fled the war in Syria.

“With education, the kids are gaining confidence and [they] better value themselves,” George said. “Hopefully through what we are providing, the kids will be able to pursue higher education, or at least have a shot at a better social life and better jobs in the future.”

Emily Klooster for Tent Schools International
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