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.
“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
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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.