Fadi Kaheel, 11, is one of many Syrian refugee children who participated in a recent photography workshop in Lebanon, part of our Moving Forward program there.
The goal is to help young Syrian refugees — most of whom feel scared and isolated — integrate into their new community and develop self-esteem, teamwork and coping skills by participating with Lebanese kids in sports, support groups, and creative projects like theater, filmmaking and photojournalism.
During the photography workshops in particular, the youth learn not only the basics of capturing an image, but take an active role in their new lives in Lebanon. Through learning, engaging with their peers and documenting their surroundings, the children learn that each new day can be meaningful even as they wait to go home again.
For Fadi, the photography workshop also meant making new friends and gaining a deeper understanding of his host community in Lebanon. In the images above, you can read more about his story and see some of his photographs from the workshop.
As more refugees continue fleeing the escalating violence in Syria, Mercy Corps teams in Lebanon are expanding these programs to new communities. Learn more about how we're protecting Syria's children ▸