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 […]

Our work continues despite global pandemic

We trust you are well in this unprecedented global crisis. We wanted to let you know that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt by our partner schools in the same ways that we are experiencing the effects here in the United States. In the Middle East, daily life has been put on […]

Quick, easy wins spark love of learning among refugees

Joseph Milan wants to reignite a love of learning in the Syrian refugee children who attend his shipping container school in Lebanon. In nine years of working with Syrian refugees, the Lebanese pastor knows how children and families, quite understandably, give up. The living conditions in tent cities are harsh through scorching heat in summer […]

Inside a shipping container school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The needs are both monumental and profoundly simple for the organizations serving Syrian refugees in central Lebanon. In Joseph Milan’s case, it comes down to a heater. The gregarious Lebanese pastor runs a language school in the Bekaa Valley in central Lebanon near the Syrian border. While the coast of Lebanon experiences warm Mediterranean winters, […]

Winter in the Camps

This has been the second winter for me and my family in the U.S. since we moved here from our home in Jordan. It’s wonderful to look out the window and see everything covered in snow from inside a warm house, with a cup of coffee in my hand. I’m grateful for this warmth. At […]

Schools that Heal

“As they go through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84: 6-7) The Valley of Baca in biblical times meant “sorrow” or “tears” as pilgrims made their way […]

Schools by Satellite

Resource-sharing helps T.V. educators develop a trauma-informed perspective Sat-7 is a Christian satellite television network broadcasting in Arabic, Persian and Turkish across 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The organization is distributing copies of Tent Schools International’s “Beyond PTSD” guide for educators to their staff in Lebanon as they put together broadcasts […]

A Teacher’s Perspective

Nivine Choaib is a tent-school teacher in Lebanon who digs through the layers of post-trauma in children every day. She says, “It takes time to help [them] adapt.” Lebanon is a small country on the western border of Syria that, despite its humble size, has accepted over one million refugees. Most of them are living […]

Linking Education and Spiritual Mentorship

In 2018, Tent Schools International (TSI) continues to support a tent school in Lebanon serving Syrian refugee children, with goal of bringing peace and opportunity to their lives while showing God’s love for them. George M.*, a Lebanese national and director of TSI’s partner organization there, reports that the school’s enrollment has increased from 75 […]

Your Impact in Lebanon

A report from our partner in Bekaa Valley With the help of donors like you, TSI continues to fund a tent school in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon in 2018, an area with the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the nation. George M.*, who is Lebanese and director of our partner organization there, sent a report […]