Because sharing is caring and as part of its commitment towards community service, the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) and in collaboration with Teach for Lebanon (TFL), Elena Foundation, Sonbola Foundation, Dawaer, and FoodBlessed organized an awareness event under the name “Under-A-Wear” on September 17th, 2016 in Sonbola Learning Center in Hawsh Moussa, Anjar, targeting Syrian Refugee children in Bar Elias Camp and neighboring Camps.
Since the Syrian Civil War began, the number of Syrian refugees increased tremendously reaching around 5 million. Half of those affected are children. Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited.
People, all over the world, are donating food and wears to refugee children but very few are familiar of other basic needs that refugee lack such undergarments. In fact, many Syrian refugee children don’t own any underwear. Sanitation and cleanliness are increasingly important in refugee camps, and underwear is a necessity in maintaining proper hygiene. Wearing underwear also maintains privacy.
The MUBS event organized opened with awareness sessions by Dawaer Foundation stressing on the importance of wearing underwear, personal hygiene, protection from sexual abuse, and violence. Children demonstrated to their fellows what they have learned and enchanted songs related to the topics discussed. Hygiene kits and under garments were then distributed. After the awareness sessions, children were involved in educational activities conducted by MUBS Public Health students and TFL fellows. After a day full of fun and activities, FoodBlessed hunger hero volunteers prepared delicious meals for the kids all over the day.
A smile was drawn on the faces of those children who were in need for such extracurricular activities. This event will be one of a series of events that will be carried out by MUBS supporting communities in need.