Sister Agathe explains to us that the peculiarity of this school comes from the singular religious diversity of the children in the school: half are Christian, the other half are Druze. A symbol of peace and living together, the school nevertheless requires a lot of work and refurbishment. Affected, she insists that, despite a difficult past, the school must remain a warden of a stable peace beyond religious conflicts. "When we were forced to leave school during the war, it was a very painful moment. When we came back, once the clashes ended, the school was gone. Tables, paintings, walls, boards, doors, files were all gone. Everything went up in smoke. Only the ashes and the burnt ground still showed the bruised school. We have to rebuild everything."
In the basement, we note with dismay the difficulty of the school of Saint Elijah. Seen from a long dark corridors, the multitude of dilapidated toilets testifies to the sanitary emergency the sisters, and hence the students, are facing. Everything has to be rebuilt, from the defective plumbing, to the missing piping or the worn sinks and toilets. "How can we ensure healthy education for children if our school is not safe?" Sister Agathe insists. In addition to the distress of schoolchildren, the health risk is crucial, with a high risk of illness that can spread through the school. Thus, we tried to reassure the sisters by promising to come back soon and to participate in the fight against the insalubrity of this space of life, in order for the school to recover all the dignity that it deserves.
It would cost an estimated € 10,000 to renovate the sanitary facilities at the school of Saint-Elijah. SOS Chrétiens d'Orient has committed to fund it up to 3,000 €.
Allow the children to find decent sanitary facilities.