Educational project in Lebanon by Relief & Reconciliation AISBL

Educational project in Lebanon implemented by Relief & Reconciliation AISBL

Lebanon is facing an unprecedented economic crisis. According to the World Bank, this crisis is one of the most serious on a global scale since the 19th century. In addition to the political blockade, the explosion that devastated the port of Beirut in August 2020, and the Covid-19 crisis have aggravated the economic contraction and the humanitarian situation in the country. Over the past two years, gross domestic product has plummeted, the Lebanese pound has devalued by 90% against the dollar, and inflation has exceeded 200%. The economic crisis has crystallized, among others, in electricity cuts of up to 22 hours in the same day, in the shortage of gas stations, hospitals and pharmacies, and in a drastic reduction in public services.


Unemployment and extreme poverty have skyrocketed, making it more difficult for the local, migrant and refugee population (Lebanon hosts more than 1.5 million refugees from the conflict in Syria) to meet their basic needs. Malnutrition rates are on the rise: the World Food Program estimates that 22% of Lebanese, 50% of Syrian refugees and 33% of refugees of other nationalities in the country are food insecure.


Historically marginalized and neglected by the central government, Akkar is the poorest region in Lebanon, has the highest illiteracy rate and suffers from a lack of infrastructure and basic services. Tens of thousands of children and adolescents are on the verge of collapse. It is estimated that about half of Lebanese youth live below the poverty line, while more than 90% of Syrian refugees are below the minimum subsistence level. Furthermore, public schools in Akkar have practically not taught the most vulnerable children for more than two years.


Aware of the serious situation that the country is going through, and in particular, the helplessness suffered by the youngest in Akkar, the Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones has partially sponsored a project implemented by Relief & Reconciliation AISBL that provides intensive informal education to hundreds of young people in the region. Likewise, with a donation of € 1,600 and the volunteer work in the field of Leila Benhaddou Ruiz (vice president of the Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones) for three months, we have made it possible to hold a summer camp that has welcomed more than 180 children from Lebanon and Syria in the Akkar Mountains. During it, young people of different confessions have participated, among others, in musical workshops, games in nature, archaeological visits and collective meals.


Thanks to those who have made it possible to carry out this project. In particular, thanks to Eugenio Michelena and Manuel Reina. We hope you enjoy these pictures taken by Leila in North Akkar. If you want to support the work we do, click the button below. Any contribution is welcome. More news soon!

Happy International Day of Solidarity!

Happy International Day of Solidarity! August 31, 2021

We live in a world in which social gaps are increasingly marked, which limits progress and progress. Only through the cooperation shown by the different nations, as well as the solidarity shown by members of society towards those most in need, can these inequalities be reduced.


On August 31 of each year, by decree of the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day of Solidarity is commemorated, with the intention of promoting the vital need to carry out international efforts, based on that fundamental value. In this way, this principle stands out as a moral priority that demands favorable actions to support social needs in the different planetary regions.


On this day, from the Foundation we want to raise awareness about the importance of helping others. In our next post we will detail information related to one of the initiatives that the Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones has supported in northern Lebanon. Be supportive and cooperate to make this world a better place!

Training Afghan Interpreters

First training day for Afghan interpreters at the headquarters of Abrazando Ilusiones Foundation

Within the framework of collaboration of the Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones with UNHCR Spain, to provide interpreters to assist citizens evacuated from Afghanistan; On Saturday August 28, 2021, the Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones organized the first training session for 6 Afghan interpreters focused on interpretation techniques, code of ethics and protocols for action in international protection processes.

The day has been widely accepted by attendees who demand more training to continue providing their services with guarantees and quality. The training was given by Hasan Handi, expert professor in translation and interpretation in international protection and president of the Abrazando Ilusiones Foundation.

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