After a successful service trip to Jordan in June 2018 to Camp Za’atari with Relief International, the Project Turquoise Youth Committee ventured to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley located near the Syrian border this past June 2019 for a different service exchange experience in order to continue working with Syrian refugees. In partnership with nonprofit Art of Hope, which focusses on the mental health of displaced people, and NGO MAPS (Mulit Aid Programs), which provides much needed services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the weeklong mindfulness camp gave the PT Youth Committee and Syrian youth a chance to collaborate on health, mindfulness, hopes, and dreams for their future. The unique friendships they formed in such a short period of time shows the resilience and warmth that these kids possess. The exchange provided a much needed respite for the refugee youth who often struggle with a safe and welcoming haven to spend their days. Funds and laptops were donated to support the good work of MAPS and AOH, as well as t-shirts, friendship bracelets, books, journals, hugs, and hope for the Syrian youth. We are thankful to AOH and MAPS for their hospitality during our stay in Lebanon. We look forward to collaborating together in the future.
The PT Youth Committee is growing and we now have over 15 high schools represented in the DMV area! We continue to raise awareness in schools and our local community regarding the daily struggles refugees experience abroad. We remain committed to raising funds for educational programs, supplies, and scholarships for displaced people globally.
Stay tuned for our upcoming events this year, such as Busboys and Poets movie nights, International Human Rights Day fundraisers, and our 3rd annual 5K run in the Spring!