During the past couple of weeks a very special school has been opened in Arsal, Lebanon. This small school is dedicated to offering an education to 34 Syrian orphans aged between seven years and 14 years. Most of the children are illiterate having never had the opportunity to attend school. Thanks to six volunteers – three teachers, two admin staff and a cleaner, who are themselves displaced, The children will be taught Arabic, English, mathematics and computer studies. Currently the children attend the school for two days a week. During their stay they are also offered a chance to bathe and provided with a hot meal.

Winter jacket $14

Gloves $1

Hat and scarf $3

Blanket $10

Small toy or game $4.

All these items will be purchased in Lebanon, but as ever we can only achieve this mission together with your help. If you would please consider supporting this project by making a financial donation, we would be beyond grateful. Each pack will cost in the region of £25. We will of course be delighted with anything you feel able to donate. Please feel free to use the link pay.rrym.uk or contact me for details of the charities bank account.

To give you an idea of the children we are trying to help, I include an excerpt written by one of the teachers at the school: One of the 8-year-old boys told us his sad story about his miserable childhood in the camps of Arsal. Ali lost his father In the Syrian war. his mother remarried, leaving him and his little brother to live in their uncles house. There they were regularly beaten and abused by their uncle and his wife. One day he and his little brother decided to escape from the tent after their uncle promised to punish them when he and his wife returned from their outing. The boys fled to a nearby mountain in the village where they spent a terrifying night of fear hiding under a rock in the open air. I will never forget the sadness of betrayal and deprivation in the eyes of that child as he told us his story. I felt  as though he was a man in his forties, not an innocent little child of  only eight years.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this post. Let’s hope that together we can make things a little more bearable for Ali and other children who are in desperate need of support.