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"Aleppo Park" Kids Can Now Enjoy 4 Hours of Activities Every Sunday

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"Aleppo Park" kids can now enjoy four hours of activities every Sunday at a UNICEF sponsored "Hoops Club"

Location: off airport road in Dahiyeh South Beirut next to the Fantasy World Amusement Park.

Once a week a variety of activities for Syrian refugee children are now available from 2 to 6 pm on Sundays giving them an opportunity to express themselves and encouraging them to discover their passions, be active, enjoy sports, and simply have a good time. This is precisely why Hoops Club which is sponsored by UNICEF is adding more events for MSRCL Syrian refugee sponsored children and offering facilities for various cultural and social events beyond sports.

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Furthermore, HOOPS emphasizes bonding where all refugee children from Syria and other children come together on the court to play as one, no matter their background. Through these activities among youth we hope to bring all of our community closer, making for a better region.

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Children were bused from Aleppo Park to the UNICEF activities center on 2/26/2017 in what will hopefully be a weekly activity.

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Below: Miss Alaa, the orphan sprinter and hopefully future Olympian Gold Medalist from Aleppo, Syria. Bless this little one and all her countrywomen. Alaa is one fast little girl who leaves the boys in the dust when they try to race her".

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Most of these children shown above are from the Qalamoun Mountain area between Lebanon and Syria"..Zabadani, Madaya, Yabroud, Wadi Barada including Deir Qanun, Ain al-Fijeh etc.

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These three football loving very energetic brothers are from the old city of Homs ".. Most of the other boys are from the Wadi al Nasara (Valley of the Christians) not far from the medieval castle/fortress called Krac de Chevalier, which this observer has visited several times and which is one of the most preserved medieval castles in the world. Krac de Chevalier was 'liberated' from rebels who occupied it for more than one year in 2013 before fleeing westward into the Tripoli area of Lebanon.

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A majority of this group of Syrian refugees shown above are from the South of Syria including Daraa (where the revolution started in March of 2011), the Druze town of Sweida southwest of Damascus, as well as Quneitra Governorate located opposite the Golan Heights and near the border with Jordan, Lebanon and occupied Palestine.

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Rana and her cousin Rasha shown above fled Barzeh with their families in 2014. All they want, as does virtually every other refugee child MSRCL has had the honor to meet from Syria is to return home to as soon as possible.


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The young ladies above are from Damascus, East Ghouta, Barzeh, Adha, and Hama.

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The above evidently rather severely traumatized young lady lost all of her family and does not remember her name or where she is from in Syria. UNICEF has been asked by MSRCL to immediately arrange psychological counseling for this Princess who is living in a frigid tent with strangers in some woods near the Presidential palace in Baabda near Hadath above Beirut.

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These young ladies are from Damascus, Palmyra, and Deir a Zoir.

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These cousins shown above are from Saraqjib village in Idlib Governorate SW of Aleppo.

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The above three sisters, Manal, Rania, and Hanadi and their cousin Wafa are from the Christian/Muslim village of Maaloula near Homs which was substantially destroyed by rebels in 2013. Maaloula has since been partially restored.

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Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon (MSCRL) was founded in March 2016 by a non-denominational international handful of private individuals in an attempt to respond rapidly and effectively to the urgency to protect from financial and sexual exploitation, as well as feed the hundreds of homeless and parentless Syrian refugee Children, whom the tide of War in Syria since 2011 had washed up on the beaches of Beirut and pushed into the Beka'a Valley.

 

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