Our school for Syrian refugees in South Lebanon
Our local implementing partner, Beit bil Jnoub (NGO), has rented and fitted out a building comprising five classrooms, a kitchen and a restroom. One of our goals for 2017 is to expand our operations to provide a shaded outdoor playground, for which we are currently seeking sponsors.
In our first semester of operations we had 35 enrolled students, which quickly grew to 70 by our second semester. Now in our second full year of operations, we have 85 students between the ages of four and twelve and a waiting list of an additional 40 children hoping to enroll.
While some Syrian refugees are able to attend local Lebanese schools in after-hours programs, we are serving refugee communities living on the outskirts of villages that do not offer these programs. Furthermore, we are working in the South, a region where few other international organizations are active.
Thanks to the overwhelmingly generous support of our Swiss donors, SWISS4SYRIA is planning to expand its school operations in 2017 as well as offer vocational and skill building programs for adult members of these communities.
By the end of the winter semester, SWISS4SYRIA needs to decide on either extending its current lease or moving to a larger space that accommodates more students and allows for an outdoor playground to be built. A variety of possible vocational training programs for adults are also being considered. As such, we expect our annual operating costs to be between CHF 150'000 - 200'000.