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Jusoor Summer Program 2017: Sabr صَبْر

Oussama Ouadani, USA-Algeria Sabr (صَبْر), the Arabic word for the virtue of patience and endurance, is never more applicable than in the context of Jusoor’s Beirut school. The small urban center hosts over one hundred playful, curious, naughty, and energetic children, who dart like small fish in and out of classrooms, flood to the doors…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2017: Good Morning, Teacher!

Rachel Drake, USA In the midst of what is happening in a world that at times seems overwhelmingly discouraging, it is increasingly imperative to take a look at the progress of what is working against the backdrop of what is not. Though those working with Jusoor Syria are seeing some of the very raw and…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2017: Reflections from a Refugee Camp

Ashley Karlsson The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of emotion and energy. I arrived in Lebanon earlier this month as a volunteer with Jusoor’s Summer Education Program. Jusoor Syria is a non-profit dedicated to empowering Syrian youth through education and entrepreneurship. While the ongoing conflict in Syria has displaced millions of Syrians to…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2017: Training Week

Celine Ammash For the last few months I have been looking forward to my start date with Jusoor, a wonderful NGO that focuses on Syrian refugees, and the day finally came this week! One of the many amazing opportunities that Jusoor offers is their summer volunteer program, which is an opportunity for people from around…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2016: I Miss…

Moyasar Al-Tatari As I drive through UAE’s organized streets, I miss being engulfed by the beautiful mountains and Lebanon’s crazy traffic. As I step foot into my home, the scene of the refugee camps haunts me and reminds me to always be grateful. As I’m about to scream at my brothers, I remember my student…

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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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