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 home. On the Friday of the first week, she got upset when it was time to pack up and leave for the weekend and said “no, let’s have another activity!” This moment made me feel like what I was doing was actually getting to the children in a fun and educational way and that these kids were starting to see their school as a second home.


As for me, I learned through my kids’ singing and self-expressions a great deal. One day, we asked the kids to draw something about their future and this one kid, Nizar, drew a zoo and deliberately didn’t put any of the animals in cages because “they should be free.” I was really touched by the idea that this child who has no control over his life and whose stability was taken away from him is yet aware that it isn’t right to cage animals. This episode showed me that whether you live in a developed country with all your basic needs met or as a refugee in a camp where you struggle for your essentials, a child’s innocence shines through.


Alex volunteered at Jusoor’s educational centers in Lebanon during July and August 2016 as part of the summer volunteer program. You can read more posts by our volunteers here

Posted on August 15, 2016 in Summer Program 2016

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