“Here I go to school in a tent. In Syria my school was a building. But it doesn’t matter, what matters is that I am going to school.”
10-year-old Yamama (in the black t-shirt) came to Lebanon with her mother and older brother. That was three years ago, and she hasn’t seen her father since.
They now live in Fayda informal tented settlement in the Bekaa Valley. Yamama goes to the school in the camp, supported by UNICEF and our partner Beyond Association. When snow came, the tented classroom leaked and the classes were moved to nearby office space until weather-proof tents arrive.
“My school in Syria was nice, I used to have a teacher who was really good and I liked him very much. I did really well in school, I used to pass all my exams and get full marks. Going to school is nice, even here in the camp.”
“Back home my father used to take us every week to the sea and to the park to play with swings. But here we can’t go anywhere. There isn’t anywhere we can go.”
Hayat, 13, is Yamama’s cousin. Hayat’s family came from a nearby settlement to stay with Yamama’s family after their tent collapsed because of the rain. There are now 15 people living in the tent.
“It was raining, the wood is old and broken and it started raining heavily our tent fell on us. And we came here. Everything was ruined – my clothes and my school books.”