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Omar: The School Bus is my New Safe Haven

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Omar’s family fled the conflict in Syria seven years ago and came all the way to Bekaa, Lebanon seeking safety. The 8-member family, which constitutes Omar’s grandparents, parents, and 3 siblings, found themselves a home inside a tent at Al-Rahman refugee camp.

Since the launching of the School in a Bus project, Omar joined us to make his dream of going to school come true. In the beginning, Omar displayed an extreme hyperactive behavior where he could barely stay still in one place for more than a few minutes. His mother informed our team that he refuses to come back to the tent and prefers to stay outside all day. When the bus was launched, he felt a sense of belonging and a connection that really changed him. Now, Omar is more disciplined whether at home or on the bus. He listens to his parents and teachers and obeys them and wakes every morning excited to join his friends on the bus.

Omar, his brother, and his sister are students on the bus which they call their new home. 

“The project helped me get rid of stress and boredom which I suffered from, especially in the quarantine period. The bus is my safe haven and the reason why I feel happy these days."

Omar Kelani

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