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Kids moving beyond crisis

Lebanon, Syria, October 9, 2012

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    In Baalbeck, 60 children happily bounced between activities including sports, group games, computer and English lessons. They were eager to learn and make new friends. Photo: Mohammed Salhab/Mercy Corps
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    Kids in Addous, a village near the Syrian border, were not used to playing — families here spend most of their time collecting tobacco from the fields. But they had plenty of energy to go around. Photo: Mohammed Salhab/Mercy Corps
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    Fifty local children enjoyed the day, full of funny games and lots of smiles. Photo: Mohammed Salhab/Mercy Corps
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    Their quotes say it all: "I can't stop laughing!" Photo: Mohammed Salhab/Mercy Corps
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    "It's the first time that I say my name without being shy." Photo: Mohammed Salhab/Mercy Corps
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    "I liked this day. Can we please do it everyday after school?" Photo: Mohammed Salhab/Mercy Corps

We began our first Moving Forward activities in two areas of Lebanon a few weeks ago. The sessions give kids — both Syrian refugees and those from Lebanese host families — a safe, structured place to learn and play away from the current chaos.

Learn more about of Mercy Corps' response to the Syrian refugee crisis.