When Covid-19 is behind us, they will heal through play therapy and childhood joy

Imagine missing the childhood delight of a day at the beach. Many Syrian refugee children live within two hours of the Mediterranean Sea, yet most of them have never been there. Many of their parents have not been the sea either. A field trip and other chances to have fun create a lasting impact in […]

Donations for cargo truck classroom will be doubled!

  Educating refugees in Lebanon is tough. The chief challenge has been stable locations. On more than one occasion, we set up a shipping container school in a refugee camp, and then the camp moved or was disbanded a few months later. To eliminate the risk of being upended, we plan to purchase and equip […]

Relief efforts needed as pandemic squeezes refugee families

The relatively small nations of Jordan and Lebanon kept the coronavirus from spreading widely in the first several months of the pandemic. Students enjoyed mask-free classes in September because cases were largely contained over the summer. The tight control ended in the last half of October. Cases continue to skyrocket. Jordan, a nation of ten […]

With celebration, students start year in school … then go back to learning at home

Students at the Good Shepherd Center couldn’t wait to be back together again when the school reopened in late August for the start of a new year. Just like children in the United States, they and their families were thrilled that they could return to school after months of pandemic-induced isolation and the frustration of […]

Syrian refugees struggle amid virus, upheaval

For the last ten years, shipping container schools have been a staple of educational access in refugee camps. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to set up. Once they are wired for electricity and internet access, they just need chairs, tables, and children. But sometimes, a temporary school is too permanent to keep up with […]

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 […]