Country: Lebanon

Replace Fear with Kindness on World Refugee Day

A few short weeks ago, I visited the home of a single mother to three boys. She sat quietly next to me and we tried to nonverbally communicate through a series of smiles, nervous laughter and gestures. She reminded me of other mothers; strong, caring and loving. The difference between this mother and other mothers I know is that she led her children out of Syria to safety in Lebanon after her husband was killed. Her children have witnessed war, death and destruction, but life must go on for this family. With no home to call their own; they are stateless.

They are refugees.

My new friend and her family join 65.3 million other individuals who have been displaced from their homes due to war, conflict or climate change. Nearly 1 in every 100 persons around the world are displaced from their homes and, on average, people remain displaced from their homes for 17 years. For my friend, this means she must plan a new future for her children: one that will occur outside the comfort of her own home.

Today, and everyday, we celebrate my new friend and the millions of other refugees around the world who are learning new languages, navigating differences in cultures and dreaming new futures for their children. We lift up their courage and strength, and trade fear for kindness.

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Justice for Amenia

Three-year-old, Amenia, knows when she grows older she will have the right to attend school and receive a daily meal through Convoy of Hope — just like her sisters.

Around the world and in the United States, barriers exist for people because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

Amenia, a refugee, will face barriers throughout her life that will attempt to limit her development and access to rights. When Amenia attends school in a couple years, a small barrier will be removed that allows an advance in social justice for young refugee girls. Convoy of Hope believes that gender equality and upholding the rights of refugees and migrants are crucial fundamental aspects of our programming. Each time a young refugee girl can receive a daily meal at school, we have succeeded at the purist of social justice.

Amenia’s access to school will not only provide her with education and nutritious meals from Convoy of Hope, it will also provide her the right to development and through that — the right to human dignity.

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World Refugee Day

Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere than at any other time in recorded history. Today, there are 65 million refugees, more than half of whom are children. It is the greatest humanitarian crisis since WWII — and it will be the crisis that defines my generation.

Refugees are afraid, desperate, and often have nowhere to go. They’ve narrowly escaped the bombs and bullets, just to be slowly tormented on the inside by the humiliation of being chased away like criminals. Refugees are lost: physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Since the start of the crisis, Convoy of Hope has been able to help nearly 80,000 refugees with life-saving food rations, warm blankets and a message of hope in the Middle East and all along the route that refugees take to reach a safe haven. We are currently implementing an emergency-based Children’s Feeding Initiative for 350 hungry refugee children in Lebanon. This means these children can now attend school without worrying about having to try and earn a bit of money just so they can eat that day.  This might be the first time some have ever attended school. Many families have been in these refugee camps since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, causing this group of children to be called “the lost generation.”

Today, we celebrate the courage and strength of the 65 million displaced people around the world; it inspires us to work hard for the 30 million children who deserve their childhood.

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