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Maronite Archdiocese of Antelias (Lebanon): The three schools in the Beirut suburbs

In 2022, TCCT created a partnership with the Archdiocese and three of its most hard-pressed parish schools in the Beirut suburbs of Bourj Hammoud, Nabaa, and Baouchrieh. The multi-confessional schools, balanced between boys and girls, number together about 500 pupils aged 4-14. As a direct result of the complete collapse of the Lebanese economy and currency during the last seven years and the devastating August 2020 Beirut Port explosion, the schools, as well as the children their parents and teachers, require urgent assistance which the TCCT endeavours to provide.

TCCT has so far made three grants, the most recent in October 2023 (see latest news), consisting primarily of urgent repairs in one school, providing badly needed blinds for all the windows in two schools to keep out the cold in winter (the schools cannot afford any form of heating) as well as the strong sunlight.  The TCCT has also paid for large mats, so the smallest of the children can be taught and can play sitting on the floor with their teachers, and replacements furniture in the teacher’s room of one school badly damaged during a break-in. At TCCT’s suggestion, the broken furniture was re-distributed to poorer families by an Order of nuns working in the same suburb. Most recently in October 2023 TCCT received from the parents and pupils of a partner school, Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in North London (UK) almost 100kgs of urgently requested school supplies to which it added additional items and ensured their transit to Beirut just in time for the opening of the school year.

TCCT is currently evaluating a proposal to assist in the launch of a pilot project to create a Centre for Learning Difficulties based at the school in Bourj Hammoud. It is currently estimated that close to 40% of the pupils suffer from some form of learning difficulties, the result of a combination of natural factors and the impact on families and their communities of the country’s economic collapse. Provided it can be launched successfully during this academic year, it is anticipated that the Centre will then extend its remit to all three schools (more information to follow).

In 2022, TCCT created a partnership with the Archdiocese and with three of its most hard-pressed parish schools in the three Beirut suburbs of Bourj Hammoud, Nabaa, and Baouchrieh. The multi confessional schools, balanced between boys and girls, number together about 500 pupils aged 4-14.  As a direct result of the complete collapse of the Lebanese economy and currency during the last seven years and the devastating August 2020 Beirut Port explosion, the schools, as well as the children their parents and teachers, require urgent assistance which the TCCT endeavours to provide.

TCCT has so far made three grants, the most recent in October 2023 (see latest news), consisting primarily of urgent repairs in one school, providing badly needed blinds for all the windows in two schools to keep out the cold in winter (the schools cannot afford any form of heating) as well as the strong sunlight.  The TCCT has also paid for large mats, so the smallest of the children can be taught and can play sitting on the floor with their teachers, and replacements furniture in the teacher’s room of one school badly damaged during a break-in. At TCCT’s suggestion, the broken furniture was re-distributed to poorer families by an Order of nuns working in the same suburb. Most recently in October 2023 TCCT received from the parents and pupils of a partner school, Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in North London (UK) almost 100kgs of urgently requested school supplies to which it added additional items and ensured their transit to Beirut just in time for the opening of the school year.

TCCT is currently evaluating a proposal to assist in the launch of a pilot project to create a Centre for Learning Difficulties based at the school in Bourj Hammoud. It is currently estimated that close to 40% of the pupils suffer from some form of learning difficulties, the result of a combination of natural factors and the impact on families and their communities of the country’s economic collapse. Provided it can be launched successfully during this academic year, it is anticipated that the Centre will then extend its remit to all three schools (more information to follow).

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Caritas Lebanon: The Afterschool Program

CL’s Afterschool Program (ASP) was launched in 2005 and serves disadvantaged communities in and around Beirut. It provides a vital lifeline, allowing for underperforming children rated as at-risk of dropping out of school and referred to the program from the local public schools, for their continuing in education.

 

ASP’s goals are:

  • Improved educational attainment and the retention of vulnerable children at risk of dropping out

  • To offer practical support to enhance the socio-educational competencies of disadvantaged children

  • To assist these children through their educational achievements to go on to make a positive contribution to their communities.

ASP’s activities include:

  • Daily homework support

  • Remedial classes

  • Exam revision and support

  • Support during the summer break

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