A ground-breaking peace-building initiative working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been funded through Global Care’s Children@Risk programme..

The pilot project hoped to provide teenagers and young men and women in their early 20s with important skills needed to help re-build their homeland when the civil war in Syria ends. Four trainers presented a programme of eight sessions including topics on communication skills, conflict resolution skills, time management and team building.

The project allowed refugees from different backgrounds to discuss how they wished to build a better Syria, one founded on equality and mutual respect. 14 year-old refugee *Karam reported: “Despite the fact that our sessions are short, their impact is profound and positive. These sessions not only teach us how to act and communicate in a professional setting, but also help us build a better society, with stronger bonds. And that will help us seek and find love, forgiveness, and equality. This is why it is so important to have the opportunity to participate.”

16-year old *Farid wrote: “Prior to our sessions, we didn’t know the importance of communication and the art of building relationships with people. Now, we fundamentally understand these things. Moreover, we now know how to share our ideas and how to better communicate with creativity.”

The project benefited a wide range of refugees. 23 year-old *Ana wrote: “For me, the communication sessions were immensely beneficial, and I learned a lot of beautiful notions, especially when it comes to body language. I learned how to open up to others and how to communicate with them.”

Although mainly aimed at Syrian refugees, refugees from a number of other communities also participated, including those from Kurdish, Iraqi and Yazidi backgrounds. .

Our partner Samir, from WAZNAT, who organised the programme, said: “The event itself is an ongoing story of success, the people themselves are the outcome of many stories of success. The training sessions heavily hammered negativity, hatred, revenge, anger, and various social and emotional disappointments. We have been touched by their experiences and meek hearts.”

We are very thankful to our Children@Risk supporters who enabled us to support our partners in delivering this peace-building initiative. Find out more about becoming a Children@Risk partner here

*names have been changed to protect identity