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Painting courses for refugee children from war zones

Batroun, Lebanon

Fighting the horror with pictures: In painting courses, refugee children in Lebanon learn to come to terms with the horrors they have experienced and to dream of a better future again.

Felicitas Flörchinger from Mission East Deutschland e.V. | 
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About this project

Mission East and Dorcas/Tabitha https://www.dorcas.org/work in Lebanon with children who have fled war zones. Most of them are traumatised and cannot cope with what they have experienced. Bombings, the destroyed home, blood, body parts, the loss of loved ones, how can one live with such memories at all? Words can help here, talking about it. But many of these children no longer speak and shut themselves away with their never-ending nightmare of memories. Painting is easier for many. In the courses Mission East offers the children, they learn the basics of painting and then start drawing their pictures. These are often terrible pictures, testimonies to the horrific experiences. But little by little, carefully accompanied by our therapists, they also begin to draw beautiful things. A flower, the mother cooking, a laid table, the parental home, these memories come back and with them hope and joy in life. And the words to talk about it all.

The painting courses consist of 23 double lessons. Fifteen children can take part in a course. The cost per child is about 100 euros. This includes the cost of materials, especially brushes and canvas, the teacher's fee, and the transport of the children to the seminar location.

Please help us to organise more courses for the children in Lebanon. With 100 Euros you enable a child to participate, but of course partial contributions are also welcome.