In response to Lebanon’s refugee crisis, BILADI has initiated a project that make Syrian refugee children discover the wealth of their heritage in order to build a positive image of their war-torn country

Syria in My Mind
Time Frame: 2014-2015, 2019 / next: 2021

In response to Lebanon’s refugee crisis, BILADI has initiated a project that make Syrian refugee children discover the wealth of their heritage in order to build a positive image of their war-torn country.

Funded by UNICEF (2014-2015), the EU – MADAD Trust Fund (2019) and managed by AVSI in partnership with “Syrian Eyes”, the project was implemented in Jounieh, Saïda, Nabatiyeh, Khiam and Marjeyoun, and aimed at rekindling the youngest refugees’ sense of belonging to Syria, thus enhancing their return to their homeland. The facilitators were Syrian refugees themselves: they were trained to overcome their own traumas caused by war in order to apply non-conventional learning methods specially for this project. The learning process was realized through non-formal educational material and songs. After the success of the first implementation, the project continued and will restart in 2021. The project resulted in significant media coverage and most of the main newspapers and television stations in Lebanon have reported about it.

Media: Le Orient-Le jour, 4 September 2014

AVSI, 21 August 2015

AN-NAHAR, 7 December 2015

Publication: ”Syria in my mind” – A journey to Syria’s heritage, 10 December 2015, Awwad