Sam’s House Little Friendly Space in Lebanon offers a safe, therapeutic play space for Syrian Refugee children to explore and process some of the trauma that they have experienced from fleeing the war in Syria.
Due to the political issues in Lebanon there is no official Refugee camps for the Syrian’s. Many have no legal refugee status and are considered as temporarily displaced people (tdp).
Refugees in the Bekaa rent a piece of land or container in exchange for work these are known as tent settlements. The costs are quite high for what is often overcrowded and a temporary structure, often just a timber frame with canvas or plastic laid upon it. Many of the children living in these tents have very little or no access to education with very little prospects. Younger children also have no safe spaces to play as there is no child care so mothers also can’t work or learn new skills to support their families. This is why a Sam’s house project is so crucial.
Our projects and programs are developed with an emphasis on the emotional and mental health and well-being of children and their families and our current focus is Sam’s House little friendly space in Lebanon.
We are in the early stages of developing the Big Heart Dundee project in Scotland which will be a multi-purpose venue that will offer a safe, therapeutic, creative and reflective space for children and their families who have suffered with loss and bereavement.