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Lebanon2018-07-25T16:22:17+00:00

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STRUCTURED PLAY IN BEKAA VALLEY

The Crossing Lines team in Lebanon uses slacklining as a psycho-social support activity for Syrian refugee youth. Through slacklining, we teach social skills like patience and conflict resolution, and help these kids gain self-esteem, confidence, and an ability to focus. These skills are crucial to healthy childhood development, and without school and organized play, hundreds of thousands of refugee youth are struggling.

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“When you put them on a line, when you make them a group, and teach them to share, you support them to be one hand. Every student has to know that. It’s very important in our society to share, to make groups, to be one hand. And that’s what you did.”

NADIA, PALESTINIAN, ENGLISH TEACHER AT SONBOLA CENTER

WHY SLACKLINING?

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Introducing Crossing Lines: Albuquerque

Crossing Lines is continuing to foster grassroots projects in more cities around the United States, this time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We partnered up with the Refugee Well-being Project at the University of New Mexico during an outdoor version of their weekly 'Learning Circles', which integrate refugee families with locals of the Albuquerque community. At these gatherings, cultural exchange is abundant amidst play time, group activities, and one-on-one interaction.

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Ali’s Story

We spent three years there, imprisoned by barbed wire and armed military who would rather take to violence than use their words. We slept in tents and small houses made of clay, living as best we could in our confinement.

  • Misunderstanding in the airport in Istanbul

Fear and Love in the Middle East

The moment my foot touched ground outside the train, I felt guilt, not relief. He knew. He knew I was scared of him. He knew why. And he knew he wasn’t a threat.

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CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

Without play, we are looking at a generation of lost children scarred by war, poverty, and violence, with many lacking education and stability. Help us teach refugee and other at-risk youth the confidence, creativity, and determination it will take to help them overcome the challenges ahead.

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