CONTEXT & OBJECTIVE
The project aims to support the young people and children of Aleppo who are among the most affected by the war in Syria. Most of them have traumas, relationship difficulties, speech loss, violent behavior and substance abuse.
An entire generation has therefore been profoundly marked by the scourge of war and there is deep concern for these children who will be – one day – the future of the country. It was precisely for them that it was decided to open a Franciscan Care Center rehabilitation center at the Terra Sancta College of Aleppo with the aim of responding positively to one of the many needs of society. Here each child is closely followed by a team of psychologists and educators in their rehabilitation process through various therapeutic activities such as sports, art, culture and psychological support. The children carry out activities in the afternoon divided by age into groups in the spaces used in the center (sports fields, music room, art room, etc. ..). The main objective is to allow these young people to discover their personal abilities without the traumas suffered becoming an obstacle to their growth. The rehabilitation is then reinforced by the collaboration between the team of the center, the family members of the child and the teachers of the schools that collaborate together to verify the improvements or new disorders that emerge.
The center also involves thousands of young people without distinction of culture and religion who are offered motor and recreational activities at facilities set up in the land adjacent to the Franciscan monastery, and the structure known in Aleppo as Terra Sancta College.
Support for children with trauma at the Franciscan Care Center through a rehabilitation program.
Sports and motor activities for young adolescents,
Families involved through monthly meetings with the center team
Children followed in the center
A place for a new beginning
From a testimony of fr. Firas Lutfi, promoter of the initiative
Instead of studying and playing, learning art and music, Syrian children have lost all means for normal and dignified growth due to the war. Instead of having fun and playing, they have to shut themselves up in their homes for fear of going out because death or mutilation awaits them outside or inside the house. Fear and stress, suffering from hunger and thirst, the loss of a relative or school friend. Yet we are born to live, to enjoy life and to rejoice. Faced with hunger, wars, and the drama of the suffering of the innocent, it is not enough to ask “why” all this, but “how” to make them stop and do no more harm or what can I do in front of all this? Hundreds of children were born during the war in the area of Aleppo East, the most affected part of the city. No one recognizes their existence because they are considered children of terrorists (the result of a bad seed that should be eliminated!). They exist physically, but are not recognized at the registry office. Many are mutilated and disfigured. Many are orphans who live with their grandparents or minors who have to look after their even younger brothers.
What could I do? I didn’t know where to start. The complexity of the drama around me exceeds my strength.
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