Over three months after the August 4th Beirut Port explosion, individuals and schools struggle to rebuild.
Wissam Nasrallah with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) says, “People are still reeling from the aftermath of the explosion. People are still rebuilding. There are still many homes that are unrepaired and so people are focused on that, especially with the rain season and winter at our doors.”
Amid this personal upheaval, families and teachers have had to adjust to an unusual school year. Blocked streets from economic protests, COVID-19 restrictions, and continued disruption from the August 4th explosion challenge the practical efforts of education.
According to UNESCO the explosion led to “partial or complete destruction of about 70 public schools and 50 private schools” in and around Beirut. Many struggle to rebuild their physical schools even as they adapt to new hybrid models of education.
Repairing Structures, Offering Hope
In these dark times, the Gospel mission of LSESD and their practical assistance shines bright. They have been working with local schools to restore buildings and provide educational stability for students.
Nasrallah says, “As LSESD we believe that education is one of the most important assets for our country. And as an organization that is dedicated to education, we felt our role in the aftermath of the explosion, amongst other things, is to help schools get back on their feet.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Christian schools in Lebanon as they offer hope in a difficult time.
- Support LSESD financially so they can continue to help more schools rebuild.
- Pray for wisdom for teachers and principals who decide how schools will continue to meet during the pandemic.