Right now in Lebanon the Marist Brothers have teamed up with the La Salle Brothers to support educational centers for refugee children. A group of teachers is working to bring these children to the educational level needed so that they can start school for the first time.
One center is in Beirut and is attended by 65 children (mostly Iragui) and the other is in Saida (biblical Sidon) where there are 120 children (mostly Syrian). A professional training program has been started for ten young people, where they are receiving English lessons as well as courses being offered to eleven mothers of these pupils where they are learning to manicure and pedicure. The aim of the center is to attract both students and their families so we can provide an education to all members of the family as well. As of now, we have sent a first cohort of 31 children to the official school, which is also a main goal of the centers.
We know that one life is worth everything, and that if we can help only one child, then all the trouble, work, and effort will have been worthwhile. But we do not want to settle for that. We want to go further and as far as we can. Part of our vision is the closeness and inter-relationships that have developed not only between the Marist and De La Salle Brothers but also between our schools and the situations of the children and families fleeing from the war. We have a large number of volunteers helping us in many ways; teachers, Brothers, scouts, families, lay associations and religious groups (Christian and Muslim). It all leads us to how good God is.