Seven years ago the tiny country of Lebanon welcomed its first Syrian war refugees. Today, there are more than 1 million refugees there. And the war in Syria grinds on with no end in sight.
In most cases, jobs aren’t available to these refugees, or it is illegal for them to work. Also, more than 200,000 refugee children in Lebanon are not in school because Lebanese schools are overflowing. To do what we can to help those who have suffered so much, CAM has several programs to reach out to refugees in Lebanon.
Before the war, Karam* and Fatima had a simple but good life in Syria. But then their home was destroyed in the war and they fled to Lebanon.
Shortly after arriving in Lebanon, Karam started to lose his eyesight. Because they couldn’t afford the medical help he needed, he is nearly blind today. A monthly parcel of food provided through our Food-Parcels-For-Syrian-Refugees program brings relief to Karam, Fatima, and their 7-year-old daughter.
Raed is a child of war. His home in Syria was bombed when all of his family was inside. They managed to escape and then moved to Lebanon.
Raed has experienced horrific things, but attending school is one thing that gives him purpose and hope. The Christian school he attends is supported through CAM’s Sponsor-A-Refugee-Child program. Many more school-age refugees are receiving a Christian education that teaches love and forgiveness instead of the violence they have known most of their lives.
Like never before, we have the opportunity to show the love of Jesus in the Middle East. The love of Christians in action is having a powerful impact on countless people.
*Names in this article have been changed to protect identity.