In Lebanon, the equilibrium acquired since the short war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006 remains fragile. More than two million Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi refugees are now added to the four million Lebanese. This massive arrival poses serious economic problems, especially since the heavy past of Lebanon with its neighboring countries is still alive and historical tensions very real.

Many families today are distraught with isolation and poverty in Lebanon and many children are not allowed to go on holiday during the summer.

SOS Chrétiens d'Orient decided to organize summer camps to bring children out of their daily environment, which is sometimes difficult, to give them a smile and to create new friendships.

Jean-Baptiste, volunteer in Lebanon.

I'd like to give the best of myself for these children, so I can give them as much as I am given.

This is the end of June. For Charbel, this is the beginning of the summer holidays: no more homework, only free time! But, like his mom, he has this apprehension: what can I do during those long summer months?

He looks forward to the beginning of the summer camp with the French volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d'Orient.

Last year, the theater workshop left his shyness behind. As he play the part of a dummy valet, he discovered a new capacity to make a whole assembly laugh.

Maybe Jad, with whom he loved to make origami to decorate the center of Mar Romanos painted by the volunteers, will also be attending the camp!

It was also last summer that he first went to Baalbeck. Like the emperors of the past, he had solemnly climbed the steps of the temple of Bacchus.

In 2019, more than 1,200 children are expected to attend the summer camps in July and August all over Lebanon: Akkar, Tripoli, Bekaa, Mount Liban, Chouf, South, Nabatié... For each summer camp, the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d'Orient prepare the program for a dense week: drawing, Olympics, choreography, singing competitions... All this punctuated by prayer and playful lessons.

A week of summer camp

Is a privileged moment for the Lebanese and French to reinforce this indispensable and precious link between Lebanon and France.

Is a unique opportunity for a young Lebanese to discover the remote and desert corners of the land of the Cedar.

Is just a vacation. For a few days, children can escape from everyday life and build new friendships.

 A summer camp costs an average of 2,000 euros.



Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.