Wishes for happy, peaceful and blessed Eid Al Adha!

We are happy/sad to announce that Mara, one of our current US Board Members, is moving on from Safe Spaces to pursue some career options. We are happy for the time we had with her as part of the Safe Spaces family and wish her well on this next chapter of life as a minister! She said, “Safe Spaces changed my life; changed my perspective and inspired me to love and help my neighbor … I love this organization and everything it stands for. It will always be in my heart!”

Our center held a sports activity for our students at the 4B Sports Club, with the participation of the Director of the Lebanon Office Mr. Ghaleb El Charif, Board chair Rev. Rachel Baughman, Vice President Dr. Ghassan Charif, Board members Mr. Jamie Griffin and Mrs. Danielle Shroyer, and the team.

The day was full of activities, enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and team spirit. Everyone formed teams to play football, basketball, and other sports and at the end gathered again to enjoy some music and dance.

Board chair Rev. Rachel Baughman, Vice President Dr. Ghassan Charif, and Board members Mr. Jamir Griffin, and Mrs. Danielle Shroyer travelled to Lebanon for a supportive visit last week. During their visit, they accompanied the Lebanon office Director Mr. Ghaleb Charif to our center where they met with the students and the team. They also discussed the educational methods used at the center, in addition to the effect of the pandemic on the educational sector and the transformation in behaviors.

To double the fun, Safe Spaces Center organized an even that celebrates both Eid Al-Fitr and the achievements of our outstanding students. After various activities that demonstrated a great team spirit and cooperation between the students, Safe Spaces Center distributed gifts and wished the kids a lovely Eid.

Happy Eid to all, may it be a start of happier times and circumstances.

The second arrival of The holly month of Ramadan during the economical crisis is definitely worrying for many families in Lebanon. It was therefore evident that Safe Spaces reorganises distributions of food parcels to the families in the Naddaf center. It is more than ever than our sense of solidarity is tested, and it is essential that we try our best to alleviate difficulties of those around us.
So we are grateful to our donors who keep on giving us the chance to organise necessary aids, and hang on until better days.

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Safe Spaces Saida team has honored the holy month at saida center.
Among more than 20 child from the syrian refugees in lebanon, the facilitators entertain the children using educational aids, face paintings, card boards, and handmade gifts from the content of this occasion.

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Safe spaces saida team had the chance today to collaborate with Ms. Hiba kassem, Gender coordinator.
The workshop was held at safe spaces saida area titled as (effective communication skills) regarding its obstacles, channels, process, and techniques for a better and safe work environment among each other and the students).

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Nothing is comparable to a child’s smile.
On the occasion of Children’s Day, Safe Spaces Lebanon Center celebrated with the students in the presence of the Lebanon office director Mr. Ghaleb Charif.
The ceremony included entertaining and intellectual activities. In groups, our students participated in several games, and competitions enhancing their teamwork spirit and sportsmanship. Group photos were taken to reserve these happy moments.

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Our center reopened its doors after the long lockdown, allowing the students to get back to their Arabic, English, Maths, and computer classes regularly.
Welcome back students, we are happy to have you back in your second home.

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As our center takes off again with in-person learning, parents were invited to an open day where they were updated about the academic performance of their kids. The teachers took the time to discuss the students strengths, skills and possible areas of development. Mr. Ghaleb Charif, Director of the Lebanon Office, held group meetings with the parents during which he emphasized on the essential role of families in supporting and following-up on the students studies, especially during the lockdown and online learning. Mr. Ghaleb also reaffirmed the role of our center and its goals to provide the needed help to our students.We are delighted to have our students back in the center all the while taking all necessary safety precautions.

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Safe Spaces Lebanon celebrated Teachers’ Day, thanked the team for all its efforts and the teachers for their crucial role in educating and supporting our students.
Safe Spaces Lebanon’s Director Mr. Ghaleb Charif thanked the team on behalf of the Board of Directors, praising its dedication and management skills under the circumstances the world and surely Lebanon are passing through. He saluted their teamwork and solidarity that help in strengthening the supportive environment aimed for at Safe Spaces.
Dear teachers, you are superheroes!
Happy Teachers Day.

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It has been quite a year at Safe Spaces as we have been challenged by Covid-19 and the devastating bomb explosion in Beirut. In this four minute video, hear Rachel share how our efforts to care for displaced people is expanding as we find creative and meaningful ways to serve and connect during what has been a difficult year. Here are a few highlights:

Support for Beirut
Because Safe Spaces is a trusted NGO, we found ourselves in a position to care for those affected by the explosion in Beirut. Along with other comunity partners, we renovated Karantina Church just in time for Christmas, with plans to renovate and expand the park and playground in the months to come. We also support a community kitchen in the area that is providing weekly meals to those in need. While the explosion is long past, the efforts to rebuild and support Beirut is far from over. Safe Spaces intends to stay faithfully committed to our work in the community.

Serving our Students and Families
We always aim for our students to have holistic care as they grow. This year, that has taken the form of nutrition boxes, which our staff delivers to our school families regularly. By offering these boxes, we provide not only nutritional items but offer much needed financial support in a year that has been especially difficult.

Creative Solutions in an Unprecedented School Year
While our school has had to adjust between periods of quarantine and in-person learning, our teachers have found such creative ways to ensure our students don’t fall behind. And Covid hasn’t stopped us from continuing to improve our offerings! This year, we expanded our curriculum to include STEM boxes, thanks to a generous donation by the Charifs in partnership with Parish Episcopal School. We continue to find ways to make learning fun and help our students pursue their dreams.

Thank you for being part of our Safe Spaces family. Your support allows us to serve faithfully, in ways we know and trust will have a lasting impact.

We are so grateful for you! 

Blessings on the journey, 

The Board of Safe Spaces

As we begin a second month of general lockdown, we increasingly miss our students’ voices and laughs in the center’s halls. We miss their presence, their focus, and their participation in class. We also miss the teachers’ voices in classes, guiding the students, nourishing their minds, and helping them in growing their hope for a brighter future. We all hope for a better tomorrow. We are certain that we will be reunited with our students soon, and that the center will become their safe space once again. Until then, the center’s doors remain closed as our part in ensuring safety for everyone and their families in the middle of this pandemic.#SafeSpacesLebanon#hopeful#covi̇d_19#lebanon🇱🇧#syrian_refugees#students#lockdown2021#pandami̇c#teacher#focus#future