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Inspiring stories from the Jusoor team, our program leaders, our volunteers and the Jusoor community.

Jusoor Summer Program 2016: A Place of De-stressing and Learning

Iad Alhallak One day my students did a drawing activity on what makes them happy and sad. Many of the children drew that being in school makes them happy and being at home makes them sad. I was not expecting that being at home makes the students sad, but I then remembered that some of…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: When Language Barriers Fade

Adrian Tan-Fahed While my volunteer work with the Jusoor 2016 Summer Refugee Education Program has unfortunately come to an end, I am very thankful for such an amazing and eye-opening experience.  After two and a half weeks of participating with this dynamic group, I wished the program could have lasted many more weeks. The refugee…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: Hope Amidst Despair

Alexander Homsi I thought that as an inexperienced teacher, I would have a hard time reaching the kids. However, certain moments made me realize that I can connect with the children and make them happy. For instance, Islam, a five year old girl, the first few days kept asking me when it was time to go…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: Firas

  Sally Itani Wednesday, 10 August, 2016   Today was the 13th day with the kids, and it’s our last week together in the summer program. Various emotions are arising inside of me as we are approaching the final goodbye. It has honestly been a hectic journey, yet an absolutely beautiful one. A lot has…

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Jusoor: Providing a Different Perspective

  Vijay Jagadesham Before I left the UK I read a shocking article about Syrian refugee children in Lebanon taking their own lives because they have lost hope. Like many I have wondered how I can do more to help. The Jusoor summer volunteer programme provides an unparalleled opportunity to do just that. Individuals from…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: Laying a Foundation

Michael Carl Budd Working as a Scholar Rescue Fund program officer at the Institute of International Education (IIE), I learned from colleagues about Jusoor’s extraordinary commitment to helping Syrians of all ages pursue quality education in the face of formidable challenges.  Run by Syrians, for Syrians, Jusoor is remarkable for its ability to rise above…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: Sowing Seeds for Future Prosperity

Sami Ascha Shockingly enough, we have reached the end of our second week. In some ways, things are starting to come together. In other ways, my colleagues and I are still struggling to figure everything out. This has and will continue to be a constant learning process – not only with regards to pedagogy, but…

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Summer School Begins with Jusoor

Last week 32 volunteers from 10 different countries, aging from 18 years old to 41 years old, headed into their new classrooms to begin co-teaching Jusoor’s summer school program for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.  They are split between two schools, one in Beirut and one in the Bekkaa Valley. The goal of the program is…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: Give Us the Childhood

Zeina Jebrini This is the first time I volunteer as a teacher. In the beginning, I was afraid of not knowing how to deal with the children. But thankfully overtime it was easier and more comfortable. They’re joyful and full of energy, and their hope for a better tomorrow gave me the motivation I need…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Noor Abdalla 28.07.2016 It’s the fourth day of the Jusoor summer volunteer program, and I have already become so attached to everything about this place. The children, who manage to drive me crazy while constantly putting a smile on my face. The wonderful, hardworking volunteers who are just a continuous reminder that there are still…

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