Food deliveries and phone calls from the teacher become the norm amid pandemic

Tent communities erected on farmland in eastern Lebanon created many challenges over the years because they are far removed from schools, jobs, and medical facilities. Now, the distance from Lebanon’s coastal cities protects the thousands of Syrian refugees who live there. At press time, the tent city served by our partner in Lebanon, had no reported cases of Covid-19 and life within the camp was going on as best it could within national safety protocols.
To avoid close contact in shipping container schools, children have been assigned to meet in small groups inside tent homes located within yards of their own tents. Here they received enough written homework assignments “to keep them busy inside in the coming days,” our partner Joseph Milan said. This is the way they will continue to provide education for as long as needed.
Technology is key to staying connected, Milan said. The school spread hygiene and prevention instruction through YouTube. Also, teachers follow up regularly through checkup visits and frequent WhatsApp calls.
While children’s schooling continues, Lebanon as a whole and refugees in particular suffer from punishing economic conditions, as people are out of work and struggling to feed their families. “With all jobs on hold many families lost their income, but thank God for his mercy, the health situation is much better than we could ask for,” Milan said.