Lara*, 6 and her brother, 3, at NRC Education Centre, Bekaa, Lebanon
Lara* (girl), 6, accompanying her mother and youngest brother to the Zahle Education Centre, Bekaa, Lebanon.
Lara, loves going to school. She performs in plays and dances, likes reading and studying Arabic, and likes her teacher. Lara already knows she wants to be a pharmacist.
"I want them to study abroad, and then return to Syria,” said Abeer, Lara's Mother, speaking about her children, two of whom she was dropping off at an NRC Education Centre in the Bekaa. “That is their home.”
Currently, three of Abeer‘s four children attend school and NRC Non Formal Education programmes in Lebanon. While Abeer would welcome the opportunity to resettle her family abroad “to benefit the children,” she would ultimately prefer to return to Syria. “I never thought I would come to Lebanon,” she says. She says she would like to be able to take her children to Canada because of “how good the Syrians are treated there.”
Abeer was a teacher in Daraa, and fled Syria with her husband and four children in 2013. Her youngest child, who is 3 1/2 years old, was a newborn when they came to Lebanon.
“In Syria we had a full house. Now the family shares one room. It has water, but it is small,” Abeer said, describing the family’s apartment in Lebanon. Rent costs $200 a month, and the family has incurred debts, including residency fees. Her husband tries to find work as a labourer, but has an injury and is limited as to how much he can do.
*Children’s names have been changed in accordance with child protection best practices.
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Lara, 6, at NRC Education Centre in Lebanon