Crossing Lines: Lebanon
Our project teaching refugees to slackline began in Lebanon in March, 2017 through a partnership with cirquenciel, a local circus arts school. In one day, we taught more than 150 kids the basics of slacklining at a school in Beirut.
Slacklining teaches balance, coordination, and fine muscle control. It also provides a playful challenge and helps people of all ages improve self-confidence and determination. Slacklining can also increase academic performance in school aged children by increasing their ability for focus and concentration.1 There is also some indication that slacklining can alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
In October, we returned to Lebanon to continue teaching slacklining to refugees through a growing network of local partners and begin building a sustainable slackline culture within the refugee communities.
During our time in Lebanon we connected with educational facilities and established projects including ClimbAid, cirquencial, and Sonbola to create a positive momentum. This allowed us to utilize our time wisely, teaching nearly 250 kids over 5 days.
We focused on Bekaa Valley, the largest affected area and temporary home to over 300,000 Syrian refugees.