ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN LEBANON AND SYRIA

Over 1 million refugees have fled to the Beqaa Valley since the beginning of the war in Syria. More than 80% are women and children. One Million Thumbprints is partnering with Together for the Family, a nonprofit  working in Lebanon and Syria to support Syrian refugees.

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Addressing Trauma

Most women and children fleeing the war in Syria are alone, facing separation from their sons, husbands, brothers and fathers. Thousands of Syrian men over the age of 16 are either conscripted, kidnapped, or killed. Women are left alone to fend for themselves often experience gender-based violence, being taken advantage of through forced labor of their children and/or themselves, or forces sexual servitude through temporary “marriages” and/or sexual payment for ground rent, protection, food and medicine.

Living conditions, economic opportunity, medical care and education are sub-standard or nonexistent.  Life for Syrian refugee women in the Beqaa Valley is daily, stressful, and violent. 

Partner with us in providing trauma care for a Syrian woman for one month ($75) or one year ($900).

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Protecting Children

The Babies Project was birthed out of a desire to see newborn babies birthed into a world of conflict and war survive their first year of life. As a developing child-maternal health program, Together for The Families is meeting the most basic of needs for both mother and baby in the form nutrition, seasonally appropriate clothes and medicine where needed.  

Over 80,000 Syrian Refugee babies have been born in various regions of Lebanon. Together for the Family is providing basic child and maternal health services  to mothers and babies from pre-birth to 12 months old in one year cycles, or “classes,” of twenty babies each. Trauma care is also integrated into the annual program.

Partner with us in providing health services for a mother and child for one month ($80) or a full year ($960).

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Empowering Families

The Community Center Safe Zone Project was created in response to the severe need for a safe, protected, non-sectarian space for Syrian refugees where they can receive educational, vocational, and economic help, as well as medical and trauma care. 

The Safe Zone will prevent and reverse these traumatizing effects. Located in neutral, non-sectarian, non-governmental area, the Safe Zone welcomes refugees of any background to participate in conflict resolution skill training, trauma care and healing through art and music therapy.  The Safe Zone will also provide support and referrals for basic life necessities, medical care, and education for children from pre-school to vocational. 

Partner with us in providing education for  a child for one month of school ($100) or  a full year ($1,200).