Seventy years after their displacement, Palestinian refugees today number over 5 million and are spread across a number of host countries. Since 2010, The LEAP Program, an apolitical, all-volunteer organization, has been supplementing the education of Palestinian refugee youth in Lebanon through the Project SHINE. We are calling on all allies and friends in solidarity for support by investing in the empowerment of refugee youth through education.
SHINE (Summer Help In English) is an intensive summer camp run by LEAP (Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians) in the Palestinian refugee-camps of Lebanon. In partnership with the National Institute for Social Care & Vocational Training, also known as Beit Atfal Assumoud (BAS), LEAP recruits volunteers to teach English, as well as lead recreational activities while living and working in the refugee camps. LEAP also purchases school and art supplies and funds extracurricular activities, including field trips, for the children between grades 6 through 9. SHINE offers students a productive and safe space during their summer vacation to strengthen their English language proficiency and improve their chances at continuing their education. In Lebanon, in order for students to advance into high school, they must pass a national entrance exam given in English. Those who fail the test are denied entry into high school. Thus, their educational journey is abruptly and tragically cut. As part of SHINE, students also take weekly field trips that nurture and foster their mental, physical, and social growth at a pivotal stage in their lives. Some of these activities include yoga, photography, videography, music, theater, social media, among many others! In turn, our volunteers learn about the Palestinian refugee reality and get a glimpse of Palestinian heritage and culture. Volunteers and students share a mutual learning and sharing experience. Upon return to their home communities, volunteers are responsible for raising awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees.
This year we are also launching our newest project in partnership with BAS -- Project MUSIC! In keeping with LEAP’s mission of supporting the education of refugee youth and raising awareness about their plight, Project MUSIC (Music in the Camps) aims to equip refugee-youth with musical instruments and provide music education in the camps, thereby stimulating creative and therapeutic expression to further nurture their psycho-social support and improve their overall well-being.
- LEAP has been operating its summer project SHINE since 2010.
- We have impacted over 3,000 youth since our inception.
- Over 200 volunteers have worked with us, helping to build partnership all over the world
- 90% of youth who participated in SHINE expressed that their English proficiency improved and they felt more confident in English.
- 98% of youth indicated that they intend to participate in SHINE again.
Why We Need You!
As a volunteer run, grassroots organization, LEAP relies on the generosity of our community in order to make our work possible. Year after year we are blessed by the unwavering support of our community. We are confident that together we can make Project SHINE a reality for the 9th consecutive year.
- $50 covers the cost one student’s participation in this summer’s SHINE project
- $150 purchases a musical instrument for a student to participate in the music project
- $500 covers generator costs to operate the youth center for a month
- $2,000 allows us to take 300 youth on a field trip outside the camp for fun!
Help us bring the same summer experience to over 400 refugee-youth in the camps of Lebanon this summer. Make SHINE 2018 a reality by generously contributing today!