Hamdan wants to become a doctor someday. As the oldest son, this young teenager dreams big amidst the daily struggles that he and his family face. His family came to Lebanon in 2011 because of the war in Syria. Hamdan’s father works in a produce shop and his mother stays at home to care for her four children as well as her sister-in-law and her baby. Despite his father’s job, Hamdan’s family can barely afford their monthly rent, food, household, clothing, and medical needs. They receive some money from the UN, but the amount does not go far with eight people.
Despite these struggles, one thing that they don’t have to worry about any more is Hamdan’s education. With tuition assistance provided by the Middle East Council of Churches, Hamdan has a chance to achieve his dream. The tuition assistance will enable him to continue to study until graduation and entrance into a university.
Another family, with six children, came to Lebanon from Syria in 2012. The father and the oldest son in the Khlief family are construction workers, and their jobs are the family’s only source of income as they do not receive UN benefits. The younger children are all under the age of 16 and all receive tuition assistance from MECC.
This is the first time in six years that Ali and Rasha Khlief, ages 14 and 12, have had the chance to attend school since they left Syria. Kawssar and Youssef, ages 10 and 7, are just beginning school for the first time. This is a huge opportunity for the Khleif family. Without tuition assistance, their children might have had to wait years to be able to attend school. Now the children have the chance to make up for lost time and build a brighter future for themselves and their family.
Hamdan and his siblings, and four young children from the Khlief family, now have a chance to achieve their dreams with proper educations. The tuition assistance that Gifts with Vision and the Middle East Council of Churches provides to these families will change their children’s lives and build brighter futures for them and their families.