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MAPS (Multi Aid Programs) provides help in education, community service, health and relief programmes for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Its mission since its establishment in January 2013, is to empower those refugees and provide them with hope and necessary skills so they can live in dignity, until they are back in their homeland and able to participate in its reconstruction. It is about Syrians helping Syrians, with Lebanese consultants when needed, with the following motto "One family towards dignity".
Main activities and achievements
The Education Program in Lebanon (EPL) seeks to address one of the most important challenges Syrian refugees face in Lebanon. The project provides learning opportunities for children on an equal basis, employs Syrian teachers and works on building their capacities and effectiveness.
They are trained on class management, planning lessons, interactive learning, conflict resolution and Lebanese curriculum criteria.
Under these objectives, the “MY RIGHT TO LEARN” project was implemented at five schools during the summer of 2014. It benefited 971 students aged between 6 to 14 in basic literacy and numeracy that year.
In the academic year of 2014-2015, seven schools in the Bekaa area provided basic literacy, numeracy and other courses according to the Lebanese curriculum. 1641 students benefited then and more than 4000 ever since.
EPL supervised the administration of Al Amal (the hope) school for the academic year 2015-2016 for 2850 students. It also supervised the Syrian Education Center that still implements the Syrian curriculum in some cases in Lebanon. Al Amal turned later into educational centers. In 2019, Al Amal was received in award by the Arab League as one of the best Arab initiative in humanitarian and development fields. They have friendly dashboards with login access for teachers, staff, students, parents, and management personnel to connect them and deal with everything related to school such as attendance, examinations, grading and school calendar.
The students MAPS sponsors in Lebanon under the name "Hope of Syria" scored high in several local and international competitions in robotics in Washington DC, Mexico and Dubai for senior and junior students. Articles on them appeared in the Washington Post and the Guardian.
Moreover, the organization has been working with prestigious Western universities to develop its programs and help its beneficiaries get fully sponsored scholarships. It has granted school reports certificated by Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon to pupils to help them to enroll in Lebanese schools. It is also providing vocational training in media production and photography to help refugees express themselves and invest in building their capacities. MAPS produces memes and short clips about success stories of refugees, whether in Lebanon or Europe and Canada.
The Crochet Community Collective is a women empowerment project, and through women helping their children. Crochet is a traditional Syrian craft. 50% of the purchases goes directly the artist, the other 50% supports MAPS primary schools located inside informal tented settlements. Some dolls made by these women are sold in London and NYC.
The Health Program in Lebanon (HPL) is another major program of MAPS. It offers integrated health care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, improves the skills of Syrian medical staff and works with Lebanese agencies to provide working opportunities for Syrian health workers and raise the quality of health care refugees receive. It produces awareness campaigns as it is believed 10 percent of the adult refugee community in Lebanon suffer from diabetes.
HPL has a mobile clinic that visits several camps in central and Western Bekaa. It offers medical care and drugs for free. It helps chronic diseases patients get medical care at affordable prices.
The “Wounded and Sick Fund” covers medical procedures for Syrians in Lebanese hospitals and medical centers. With this fund and other health services provided by MAPS in cooperation with other organizations, 240000 persons received medical services, and it includes Lebanese as well.
Finally, the Relief Program in Lebanon works on relief related cases.
Last updated: December 2019
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The Continuing Education and Community Service programme
The Continuing Education and Community Service programme (CECS) is another service provided by MAPS. It aims to empower refugees in various sectors and training programs so that it becomes the qualitative start of real change within the Syrian community, which one day will be implemented in Syria.
For instance, Creativity Stimulation Program aims to stimulate methods of thinking in a creative manner to help develop conflict resolution techniques and take advantage of experimenting examples with others.
CESC also helps refugees learn foreign languages, especially English. All levels of teaching are available, as well as conversation and creative writing courses.
To help reduce the trauma of war, painting programmes are offered, as the aesthetic sense helps discharge anger and grief. It is also a way of expressing feelings and communicating with others.
“Discover Science” and “Little inventor” are two programmes to provide Syrian refugee children with knowledge of applied sciences, and a computer science programme provides basic IT tools and knowledge.
The CESC proved to be a huge success, as a pioneering experience by the Syrian diaspora, in Lebanon and worldwide. In fact a team of young students carrying the name "Hope for Syria" scored first in a robotics competition in Lebanon, and went as far as the United States of America in April 2016 to take place in the international robotics competition (VEX) with their Robogee, a robot that is a refugee just like them. The team of three young Syrians got to visit the White House to show their creation to the National Security Council and Office of Science and Technology policy. They were featured in the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/robotics-squad-made-up-of-syrian-refugees-competes-on-the-world-stage/2016/04/28/f860f696-0d51-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html?utm_term=.c410d1054840)
MAPS currently opens its robotics programmes to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon as well. In addition, Harvard University showed interest in November 2017 in MAPS educational programmes and there might be joint projects to support refugees' families in Lebanon. Providing a successful example of education in emergencies, with many new additions including the methodology of "Teachers as Researchers" and the intensive capacity building programs and workshops, MAPS was well received at the world's most prestigious university.
For women, CESC offers handcrafts programmes offer the opportunity to improve their living conditions by learning design and sewing. Young refugees receive vocational training in mobile phones and home equipment maintenance, as well as electronics. They can also enroll in business management programmes to learn about administrative tasks and be trained on leadership skills.