When the Syrian Crisis happened back in 2012, we could not not do something. Given our shared passion for and experience working with non-profits, we decided to form an organization which could come along side those already helping the refugees in Lebanon.
Our approach has been different in that we did not have any pre-conceived agendas or visions. We simply witnessed a sudden and overwhelming influx of refugees entering the country then saw groups, non-profits, churches, and NGOs struggling to keep up with the needs.
We knew we could help, so we did. At first it was just helping to get several 40-foot containers of medical supplies and clothing to Lebanon and organizing the distribution. We had no idea that it would lead to all that we are doing now.
It has been a whirlwind and we have not stopped. Although we started out by orchestrating shipments, it quickly turned into organizing food distribution, clothing, and shelter. In 2015, we became aware of how our local partners were burning out and realized the need for psychological training and support. This is when we began partnering with Dr. Benjamin Keyes who has since been training local workers who serve refugees. In 2017, we added day, overnight, and trauma-healing camps for refugee children.
We aren't sure what the next big needs will be but we are constantly listening to our partners and making sure that we are aware of the most pressing needs in order to address them.
Thank you to all of you who have chosen to join us as we endeaver to make a difference in the lives of the children and families who have been victims of this war.
"My heart reaches out to those experiencing the worst of humanity with compassion. We must help those in need. We cannot stand by and do nothing. That is not an option."
- Jean Bouchebel, President and c0-founder of Witness as Ministry