About Alsama Project

Mission

Alsama means “sky” in Arabic. We educate refugee children and empower refugee women. We offer them a new horizon.

Alsama sets up education centres, sports hubs and social enterprises in areas of the Middle East affected by conflict. Our projects are run for – and, in large part, run by – refugee communities.

It’s isolation that hurts us. When we stay separate from refugees and they stay separate from us. The Syrian refugee crisis requires both sides to look up, reach out and connect.

Meike Ziervogel, CEO, Alsama Project

Vision

Alsama raises up the lives of children and women by honoring the mind, the body and the spirit.

'I love you so much. I am putting this message in the complaint box and I am sorry that I have no complaint or suggestion but I love you all so much. I'm crazy with love for you.' A message left in the complaint box of the Girls Centre in Shatila.

The Mind

Each child who comes to our center learns to read & write (if she can’t yet do this). They will acquire English language proficiency, an understanding of budgeting and an education in the life-skills necessary to survive in a refugee camp. Most importantly, they will receive “awareness” mentoring on topics such as sexuality, early marriage, bullying, sexual harassment and self-esteem.

For refugee women, Alsama offers opportunities to earn a living by starting a social enterprise, joining an embroidery business, or by working as teachers or coaches.

Sing, dance, practice yoga, do everything you can to keep the smile on your face. Don’t give up on life, love it!

Maram, 13

Spirit

We give children tools to express themselves creatively by running classes in creative writing, drawing, graffiti, film and literature. In the future we hope to add music and dance to our offering.

 

Yoga at the Girls Centre in Shatila.

Body

You can’t move your brain without moving your body. So, all girls and women are encouraged to attend Yoga classes. In addition, we run sport hubs where we teach boys and girls to play a team sport.

Cricket coaching in Shatila.

Legal

Alsama is registered in the United Kingdom as a not-for-profit limited company, Alsama Project Limited, registration No 12433605.

Registration as a Lebanese NGO is pending.

Meike and Kadria and their beautiful tea maker in the kitchen of the Girls Centre in Shatila.

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