A Health and Economic Crisis

Lebanon has been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 outbreak

With lockdown in place as of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon saw itself quickly decline into economic collapse — further damaging the lives of residents who were already suffering from job loss and financial insecurity. Banks restricted citizens’ access to cash, and at the same time, the value of the Lebanese pound plummeted. We hear from our volunteer coordinator, Gladys, at the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID),  about how they […]

Understanding Lebanon

What you might not know about Lebanon and child poverty

Lebanon is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, bordering Israel to the south and Syria to the east and north. This country of six million people acknowledges eighteen religious groups, the largest being the Shiite and Sunnite Muslims; there is also a large Christian population in the country. Up to the end of World War I, Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire. In 1920, the League of Nations issued France a […]

Aiming to Prepare Deaf Children for the World

In Lebanon, one of our affiliated projects teaches hearing-impaired students invaluable skills

The Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf, or FAID, is one of the few schools in Lebanon that provide an education to hearing-impaired children. A long-time Children Incorporated affiliated project, FAID supports about 100 students every day, many of them refugee children from neighboring countries – primarily Syria. FAID’s mission:  To act as a caring institute for the deaf and hard of hearing, which reflects a healthy balance of academic goals and building self-esteem, self-awareness, […]

Visiting Lebanon and South Korea

In the two diverse nations, Luis Bourdet finds that sponsorship support is more important than ever

After many years of not being able to visit Lebanon and South Korea, where we support hundreds of children through our sponsorship program, our International Programs Director, Luis Bourdet, was finally able to visit both countries at the end of last year. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing stories about Luis’ visits to our projects in Lebanon and South Korea. “In recent years, great turmoil and many political issues have created instability […]

Serving a Marginalized Population in Lebanon

In Anjar, impoverished Armenian children are receiving support

The town of Anjar, where our affiliated project the Armenian Evangelical Secondary School is located, is home to a large population of Armenian settlers. Fleeing persecution in Turkey after the Turkish-Armenian War in the 1930s, Armenians found refuge in Anjar. In order to obtain an education that will yield them the opportunity to attend a technical school or university after graduating, students must attend private schools, such as the Armenian Evangelical Secondary School. Later, in […]

The Toll of Political Turmoil on Children

In Lebanon, sponsored and unsponsored children are affected by internal and external issues

Lebanon’s political climate has long been riddled with conflict, which is often further stirred by external factors. Thankfully, however, our affiliated projects the Armenian Evangelical Schools (AES), a group of affordable private schools, offer a well-rounded education to children living in poverty and suffering from political turmoil. Compared to public schools in Lebanon, however, the AES offer a much higher quality education. Children are provided with more educational tools and resources than the alternative public […]