Learning & Fun for Refugee-Youth!

$10,650 of $22.6k goal

Raised by 135 people in 29 months

The Sky is the Limit!

SHINE (Summer Help In English) is an intensive summer camp run by the LEAP Program in the Palestinian refugee-camps of Lebanon. In partnership with the National Institute for Social Care & Vocational Training, also known as Beit Atfal Assumoud, LEAP recruits volunteers to teach English, as well as lead recreational activities while living and working in the refugee camps.

SHINE offers students a productive and safe space during their summer vacation to strengthen their English language proficiency, while simultaneously exploring various recreational skills. In addition, students go on weekly field trips that nurture and foster students' mental, physical, and social growth at a pivotal stage in their lives. Some of these activities include yoga, photography, videography,  theater, social media, among many others! In turn, our volunteers learn about the Palestinian refugee reality in general, but particularly in Lebanon 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 encouraged to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees.

LEAP has been operating its summer project SHINE since 2010. We have impacted over 3000 youth over the past 5 years, over 160 volunteers, and 50 teachers. Help us bring the same summer experience to over 600 Palestinian refugee-youth in the camps of Lebanon this summer.

Adolescents face a number of social pressures and adult-like responsibilities. SHINE allows them to be children, while also re-inspiring their thirst for knowledge. English is an essential skill because in Lebanon, students must take a national exam for promotion to high school, which is administered in English. LEAP's SHINE project aims to remedy these impediments and advance youth through our intensive and fun summer project, which promises to make youth feel more confident, happy, and accomplished. 90% of youth expressed that their English proficiency improved and they felt more confident in English, while 98% indicated that they intend to participate in SHINE again. 

Help us bring in our 6th year and make SHINE 2015 a reality by generously contributing today!
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Update 33
16 months ago

39 DAYS AWAY & 323 DONORS TO GO!

On 1 July 2015, the LEAP Program in partnership with Beit Atfal Assumoud will kick-off SHINE 2015 for its 6th year and open its doors to hundreds of excited Palestinian and Syrian refugee youth in Lebanon for what will be an unforgettable summer.

We are heartened by your support, but kindly ask for you to help us in our last push & consider sponsoring ONE student with a one-time contribution of $38 to support this important summer enrichment program, which will offer students educational and psychosocial support through English training and various recreational activities.

I have donated and I am committed to helping LEAP fundraise to implement its summer project because I believe this is an important experience for the empowerment of youth and to show them that they too matter. I am passing this message along to you in love and solidarity so you too can contribute to making summer 2015 a memorable and amazing experience for 600 youth!

Please donate & share the campaign today and help us reach our goal! We are relying on YOUR generosity and support! Together & collective, we can demonstrate to our youth that they matter, and their education matters.

Help support the empowerment of Palestinian refugee youth today!
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Update 32
16 months ago

May 15 marks the 67th anniversary of al Nakba. 67 years of struggle; 67 years of catastrophe. Everyday is the Nakba for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

At a remembrance event, a 1948 refugee urgently pleaded to the youth in Shatila camp "ma tinso inno into walaad Filastine; ihna msh walaad mokhayamaat" (do not forget that you are the children of Palestine; we are not the children of refugee camps.)

The Palestinian refugee issue, which is the largest and longest-lasting refugee crisis in the world, was born out of the Nakba. Since then, millions of lives have been defined and shaped by what has become the Palestine Question, such as many of today’s Palestinian youth. Their responsibilities and experiences, perspectives and realities, and dreams and aspirations are all measured and molded by their bleak surroundings and opportunities. While the refugee issue is one of the most controversial when discussing Israel/Palestine and is consistently shelved for “final status” negotiations, it is the most central and fundamental of issues that must be reconciled first and foremost.

For Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the Nakba manifests itself in all aspects of life such as health concerns, employment issues, travel and movement restrictions, and particularly education. Being confined to inadequate, overcrowded and conventional UNRWA schools, youth face several learning disadvantages. LEAP aims to remedy some of these impediments and nurture youth’s intellectual and emotional curiosity so they may continue their educational endeavors.

>>>Support LEAP in implementing its rigorous summer program for the 6th year and contribute to covering the cost of over 600 youth! A donation of $37.60 will cover the cost of one child’s participation in SHINE. Help demonstrate that education is important and that the youth matter by sponsoring 1, 5, or more youth for this summer.
67+ years of al Nakba
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Update 31
16 months ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us cover the cost of 243 youth for this summer’s intensive and rigorous summer camp! Due to your generous contributions, close to half of our youth will be able to participate in an invaluable summer experience that will allow them to strengthen their English language skills, participate in fun field trips, as well as explore new hobbies like yoga, photography, dabkeh, art, among many other recreational activities!

When you contribute only $37.60, you help cover the cost for one student's participation in the LEAP program, as well as operational expenses. Help us reach our goal of 600 youth!

MAKE LEAP YOUR CAUSE. We know that each one of us donates to causes of our choice and we wholeheartedly appreciate your generosity and continued support for our upcoming summer to make it our most successful year yet!

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. Donate $37.60 today to sponsor one or more youth to participate in SHINE!

with love,
The LEAP Family
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Update 30
17 months ago

Equipped with the vision of endless possibility and daring youth to BELIEVE that their lives matter and improvement starts with their beautiful mind and vision, LEAP offers students to participate in an enriching, intensive, and fun summer program to advance their academic performance. The LEAP program needs your help to make this shared vision a reality!

When you contribute only $37.60, you help cover the cost for one student's participation in the LEAP program, as well as operational expenses. With your generous donation, students can draw and paint, contribute to their communities by implementing a camp beautification project or a water awareness campaign, produce a short video, develop a short skit and perform it for their family and community, learn photography, go on fun field-trips, and countless other productive, fulfilling activities that are otherwise not readily available.

LEAP appreciates and understands that each one of us donates to causes of our choice. MAKE THIS YOUR CAUSE by donating at least $37.60 to sponsor ONE student. If you have it within you, donate for 2, 5, 10 or more students! This might be a slight pinch on your pocket, but the pay off is incredible and invaluable.

We wholeheartedly thank you for your continued support and hope that you will continue to support us for our upcoming summer to make it our most successful year yet!

With Love,
The LEAP Family
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$10,650 of $22.6k goal

Raised by 135 people in 29 months
Created April 16, 2014
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14 months ago
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Amal Awad
15 months ago

In solidarity with those who deserve learning opportunities and a chance to have a bright future.

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16 months ago

good luck :)

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