By Kathryn Dorrell
Syrian children are living a nightmare, as the largest humanitarian crisis in the northern hemisphere continues. Many have lost relatives and friends, and are fleeing violence in their homeland, often with only the clothes on their backs, to find safety in other countries, like Lebanon. Even schools aren't safe in Syria.
"Snipers came into our school," says Hoda, an 11-year old girl. "We left school with bombs going off all around us."
Almost half a million people, including more than 60,000 children, have fled from Syria to Lebanon. An estimated 3,000 new people register in the country every day. The Akkar community is currently hosting refugee families.
World Vision is working to distribute hygiene kits and food vouchers to families in need on a monthly basis. There are also plans to pass out blankets, clothes, stoves, and heating fuel to more than 6,000 families.
A child-friendly space has been set up in Akkar, with games, toys, and learning materials. The space provides children with a sense of normalcy and routine, and also serves as an informal classroom, since children don’t have a designated school to attend. Eight other similar spaces are being set up in different parts of the country.
To date, more than 80,000 people who have fled the violence have been assisted. This number is expected to reach 182,900 in the coming months by scaling up programs in Lebanon.
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showing World Vision International president, Kevin Jenkins, visiting Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.