There are currently about 488,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and more than half of them are still our of school (Source UNHCR – Data 2017/18).
To address the growing need, AVSI is helping more than 11,000 children between 3 and 14 through the project “Supporting vulnerable girls and boys to access and remain in education in Lebanon”
Syrian refugee currently living in Tripoli, Lebanon, with his parents and three brothers, six-year-old Khaled is among these children. Although he was born in Lebanon, his family tried to go back to Syria when he was 1 and a half.
“It was 2015 and we were hoping that the situation back home had become better,” remembers Shadia, Khaled’s mother. “We stayed one year in Syria but it was a nightmare. We had to endure many sleepless nights due to the sound of bombs and bullets, and it was too dangerous to stay. We came back to Lebanon, but unfortunately the war had left devastating effects on the family especially on our youngest child Khaled.”