Laure is an English teacher at the Nazarene school in Lebanon, where her two older children also attend. “The situation here [in Lebanon] is really difficult,” she explains. “We're really facing too many challenges, too many obstacles. ... We're not living our normal lives.”
The school administration is doing what they can to help support the teachers; everyone is in the same situation, the same financial crisis. Laure explains that the teachers get vouchers for the supermarket, and during the pandemic the school helped buy medicine and oxygen for her father. At school, Laure wants to be part of the healing process even in the midst of the crisis by teaching children good values, empowering them to grow up and become agents of transformation.
“In my opinion, it's a child-centered school,” she says. “They really care about kids. ... We experience too many things, but at the same time, we are family here.”
Laila* is 12 years old and in the seventh grade. She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up because she likes defending people and wants to make a change in the world. Everyone should have a chance to be treated equally, she says. The last few years have been hard, though.
“I want everything to go back to normal because life back then was just so relaxing,” she explains. “It felt so friendly and such a lively environment because back then the dollars price wasn't high.”
The school has been a constant in her life over these difficult years. There, she can find love and stability in the midst of a very uncertain time. “There’s just so much going on in the school,” she says. “It’s such a friendly environment.”
“I don't know about the others, but for me it feels like home,” she adds.
*Children’s names are changed for privacy.