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Syrian people from Homs welcomed in Bickfaya, by Al Zawrak, Lebanon

  • Residential : Group Life
  • Asia : Lebanon
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Par Claude Francis le 28/09/2016

Because of the personal and special relationship which linked Jesuit Father Frans Vanderlugt (founder of AL Ard Center in Al Qusair area- Homs- Syria) with Mr. Roland Tamraz (the Director General of Al Zawrak Foundation-Lebanon), and because the outbreak the war in Syria and the closure of Al Ard Center after it exposed to many damages, Mr. Roland took upon himself to receive many disabled persons from- Al Ard Center and Homs city- who be directly affected by this war from psychological, physical ,medical and social aspects , to live in Foyer de Vie in Lebanon.

The definition:

AL ZAWRAK Foundation :  

Al Zawrak, a Non-Governmental Organization was established in 1985 when it started its activities and was formally registered in 1992.

Mission of AL ZAWRAK:

Rehabilitation, Special Education, Social and Professional integration and inclusion of persons with different types of mental disabilities from various age groups including children, youth and adults.

Introduction

Foyer de Vie is a group of house belongs to Al Zawrak Foundation, where people with special needs live in it by helping and taking care by many educators. Its aim is to help the disabled persons to integrate and live with respect, dignity, happiness and safety in the community.

Foyer de Vie in Bikfaya consists of two buildings, and each building has four floors. One of these buildings is dedicated to the reception of persons with special needs enrolled in Al Zawrak Foundation from Lebanon and they are about twenty people, distributed on two residences where each dwelling is two floors.

 The second building carries the name of the Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der lugt in his memory and it will be prepared to receive about 15 adult disabled persons from Homs city in Syria and From Al Ard Center that established by Father Frans, their ages between 20 and 60 years.

Receiving disabled persons from Syria

Because of the personal and special relationship which linked Jesuit Father Frans Vanderlugt (founder of AL Ard Center in Al Qusair area- Homs- Syria) with Mr. Roland Tamraz (the Director General of Al Zawrak Foundation-Lebanon), and because the outbreak the war in Syria and the closure of Al Ard Center after it exposed to many damages, Mr. Roland took upon himself to receive many disabled persons from- Al Ard Center and Homs city- who be directly affected by this war from psychological, physical ,medical and social aspects , to live in Foyer de Vie in Lebanon.

For that about fifteen disabled persons (from Syria) were received - in the first building because the second building is not ready - in the year 2013, and helped by four educators. Al Zawrak foundation undertook the costs of their accommodations, living and medical treatment and everything related to their staying in Lebanon.

Even after Father Frans’s assassination and because of continuance of the war, Foyer de Vie continued receiving the Syrian disabled persons for 3 years more.

But that made a large burden for the houses to receive about thirty five persons, and it just qualified to receive twenty persons.

 

 

 

The goals of receiving disabled persons from Syria:

  1. Creating a family and emotional atmosphere: where disabled persons feel safely especially they lost it in the war and especially they are far of their families and houses.

  2.  Develop the behaviors of adaptation: so we continue teaching and training them to develop their autonomy in many levels (life skills, social and psychological skills ….), that we continue what we started with them before in Al Ard Center in Syria.

  3. Integration with community: the society in Lebanon is new for them so it was important to find many programs to integrate them in the surrounding community. 

     

     Work plan and programs (How does it works)

            The disabled persons from Syria came from different community and circumstances; therefore it was important to create “first of all” a work plan including many purposeful activities and programs to integrate them with their colleagues from Lebanon.

                The terms of work plan:

  4. Sharing daily life programs.

  5. Learning programs and acquiring the social skills and the right behaviorisms.

  6. Vocational rehabilitation programs: Cooking, gardening, sewing, manual woks and theater.

  7. Recreational activities: visits, picnics, trips and parties especially for the Syrian disabled persons because they stay in the houses while the Lebanese disabled persons visit their families weekly.

  8. Follow – up the medical, psychological and mental conditions under the supervision of specialist doctors and checking up regularly the medical examinations and drugs.

  9. Rehabilitation and training the educator through courses and workshops.  

     

     

     

     

     Assessment

     

    In spite of the difficulties we faced in the beginning with disabled people coming from Syria, which consisted of trying to get them out of the atmosphere of war and fear and insecurity and be away from their families, we noticed quick development in their adaptation and integration with their colleagues from Lebanon.

    That appeared by their sharing different activities, especially that they practice outside Foyer which they were deprived in the war in Syria.

    They showed a significant change in their behavior to depend on themselves to be more independent, because they were more reliant on their families.

    There is considerable satisfaction from their families where they feel that their children in a safe place away from the atmosphere of war and fear, depending more on themselves, beside their children’s personal, medical and life needs are insured by Al Zawrak Foundation, because of the bad economic situations of these families in Syria, so the families do not pay any amount of money for their children's presence in Al Zawrak Foundation.

    So Al Zawrak foundation received all the disabled people in one building  because the another building in need of financial support to be ready to secure a better place for these disabled  people coming from Syria, especially that the war was long and there isn’t a suitable atmosphere to return to Syria.

    The other difficulty is the huge costs of the medical needs for them in Lebanon because they need it strongly, where most of them have medicine and they need regular and continuous treatment.

    In addition to the employment of a number of educators to accompany to help the Syrian disabled people and provide support to pay salaries for these educators.

    In spite of all these difficulties, we are continuing to help these disabled people as it possible to live in dignity and safety and to find sufficient finical support to alleviate such difficulties to find for them many ways to live in a healthy and better atmosphere throughout their stay in here Foyer Al Zawrak – Bikfaya- Lebanon.

     

    Assistant director Foyer Al Zawrak –Bikfaya                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                   Claude Francis                                                                                              Claudefrancis5@hotmail.com 

     

     

     

     

     

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