Shadia and Rayya are both visual media artists who are passionate about using photography to create empathy, have agency, and communicate to a broader audience about the things we experience.
As the Syrian civil war continues on into its seventh year, we are seeing one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. Over 6 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes including another 900,000 people in just the first half of this year– we are asking ourselves what can we do to help even in some small measure.
Rayya and Shadia will be working with Jusoor, an NGO that has a variety of programs, including two schools that help Syrian children continue their education while they are displaced from their homes.
Shadia and Rayya will be teaching the children how they can use the camera as a tool and agent of expression. At Jusoor's three week summer camp, we will be running a photography program for children aged 10-14 from July 30th- August 10th. We will be teaching them the technical basicss on how to adjust the settings on the cameras and frame and take a good photo. We will also be teaching the students how to think of a story even before they pick up the camera.
Lebanon is "home" to nearly 2 million Syrian refugees and as a small country with a history of sectarian strife this situation is not often a comfortable one for many Syrians. Rayya is Lebanese having lived much of her life in Lebanon and Shadia is Lebanese American having spent much time in Lebanon with her family. Working at schools in Lebanon seemed like a natural fit.
From the UNHCR, "In Lebanon, life is a daily struggle for more than a million Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources. Around 70 per cent live below the poverty line. There are no formal refugee camps and, as a result, Syrians are scattered throughout more than 2,100 urban and rural communities and locations, often sharing small basic lodgings with other refugee families in overcrowded conditions"
Where Does the Money Go?
Equipment & Materials We will be purchasing gopro cameras, providing basic materials like SD cards, chargers, notebooks, pens etc. The cameras we buy will stay with the children at the Jusoor schools.
Transportation & Travel Rayya and Shadia and potentially other workshop trainers will be traveling from outside Lebanon and will also be traveling within the country. Funds will help us do this more seamlessly.
Supporting the Trainers.
We want to provide a supportive wage for the time we will be crafting the curriculum as well as doing the actual training. We are hoping to work with other collaborators in Lebanon and know that by providing a wage for freelancers they will be able to dedicate their time to this.
After our initial summer camp program we would like to visit our students three to four times throughout the year and provide ongoing assistance, feedback, and training.
Risks and challenges
Our Project will take place in rural Lebanon in the Beqaa Valley. The challenges we face will be minimal compared to the challenges the children face on a regular basis. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment that gives the children a sense of their own capacities.
Our background in photography, our love of children, our dedication toward an equitable world is embedded in how we will develop our curriculum and continue the project even after the summer camp ends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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