This poor population must now face a real internal bleeding: its youth, this vital force for the village wants to leave today...They do not feel attached to the country or the village because the war, the violence and the crimes have ravaged their dreams of childhood. The love for the land of their ancestors is not as strong as their desire to flee and to seek adventure elsewhere...
That is why Father Mera’aie has created a project so that the youth will feel personally linked to Syria.
Thus, it is in this context that the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’ Orient spend several days a week in Khabab.
"Every time, we are warmly welcomed by the families of the village: despite the poor circumstances in which they live, they are extremely generous and attentive to provide for everything we need.
With Syrian volunteers from the village, we organize activities to bring the community together such as sports tournaments and animations. We also have a project to renovate the school in which everyone can participate. By working for the village, building the future, these young people will find their roots and learn to discover their origins...”
Christmas is coming and the village scouts are rehearsing their concert. Drums, trumpets and trombones launch their symphonies of traditional Christmas carols in the air: " He Was Born the Divine Child ", " O Holy Night ", " Angels We Have Heard on High "... the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient help to the construction of the giant nursery and Christmas tree. Although no one has forgotten the recent atrocities, everyone prepares with joy for the birth of the One who came to bring salvation... the little flame hope is there, together we work to help strengthen its spark.
We also have activities for families with our project "Iman w Mour" (" Faith and light "), a celebration of life which brings together all disabled people in the village. These activities allow them to flourish despite the pressures of the conflict through which they have lived. With craft activities, dancing and singing, we celebrating the 25 years of the association, we use the time well!!!
Moving on the path of hope despite the hardships, raising a devastated youth to revive an upset village, this is the objective of Father Mera’aie. We use all our energy to help him!!!
And in turn, you can help us. Please help us maintain our activities in Khabab, to restore childhood dreams to those who lost hope in them during the war, to build the future prospects of the young people of this village and to continue the work of "Iman w Nour". Give to this village a new alternative - a hope for their future by awakening its conscience and its heart to life: please donate now!
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