In giving aid to refugees and enhancing their integration, voestalpine also provides direct support in the crisis areas and funds the regional comprehensive education program of Caritas Österreich for children of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
The war in Syria is now in its fifth year and has already forced over four million people—half of whom are children—to flee their homes. Around 700,000 school-aged children of Syrian refugees live in neighboring Jordan and Lebanon—an entire generation is growing up without a permanent home, access to education, and prospects for the future.
Education as chance for the future
A half of its total EUR 1.5 million donation to Syrian refugees voestalpine is committing to local aid projects in the crisis areas. The majority of this aid goes toward supporting the on-site education programs of Caritas, which provide children with remedial education and access to the school system. In this way, voestalpine is giving access to suitable and high quality education to a total of 660 disadvantaged children and adolescents. Not only does this improve their individual prospects for the future, it also offers their families a new perspective.
Comprehensive approach to education
In light of the tremendous needs in the field of education, during a six month planning phase Caritas Österreich worked with partner organizations in Jordan and Lebanon to develop a regional education program. This program offers around 2,500 children per year the opportunity to attend school and is based on four tiers:
- access to suitable and high quality education
- psychosocial and psychotherapeutic measures
- reinforcing the social stability of society
- basic and continuing education also for parents and older siblings aimed at improving the family’s living conditions
The comprehensive program of Caritas helps to give children and their families dignity and to provide prospects for a normal life.
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