It’s hard to imagine the full impact of war. We see images in the news of pulverized buildings, maimed bodies, and dusty, tear-stained faces. While these images provide a visual picture of war’s impact, it does not even begin to reveal the inner trauma experienced.
As families flee from conflict, such as the ongoing civil war in Syria, often they have little time to grab incidentals as they escape with their lives. Refugees share stories of the moment they fled their homes; grabbing only wallets, purses, passports – if they’re fortunate. Many only have a few minutes to prepare ahead of their hasty departure as they head into a world of uncertainty, not knowing what will happen to them once they arrive to safety.
As adults, it’s difficult to comprehend having to make that kind of split-second decision. It’s even harder for kids going through such trauma.
The Clementia Learning Centre in Lebanon works with children who have faced this scenario head on. The staff provide Christ-centered, community-based care and an opportunity for education to 60 refugee kids who have known turmoil for most of their short lives. Some of the students have never had any form of formal education because of war.
This Fall, FAIR’s Hope for Tomorrow project is seeking to raise $120,000 for the Clementia Learning Centre. Funds raised will be used to extend and improve the existing facilities so that an additional 60 children can partake in the education program. Funds will also be used to bless students with much needed school supplies.
As the holiday seasons quickly approach, would you consider making the Hope for Tomorrow project the focus of your church’s Thanksgiving and/or Christmas offering? We appreciate your prayerful consideration of how God would have you partner with us in this life-changing project.
Dan Shurr, FAIR Director