Seenaryo's Refugee Week Campaign

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Support communities in Lebanon and Jordan to learn, lead, heal and thrive through theatre and play.

Over two million refugees live in Lebanon and Jordan. Last year, Seenaryo transformed classrooms through play and created theatre with nearly 20,000 children, youth and women from refugee backgrounds and their host communities. Through our work we supported them to process their experiences and rebuild their wellbeing.

This Refugee Week, will you help people in Lebanon and Jordan to learn, lead, heal and thrive through theatre?


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What's the situation in Lebanon & Jordan today?

Lebanon and Jordan are among the countries with the highest proportion of refugees per capita worldwide. Half of these are children. The World Bank has described the recent economic collapse in Lebanon as one of the three worst economic crises globally since the 1850s. The compounded challenges of Covid-19 and economic crisis have left refugee and local citizens increasingly vulnerable.

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Why the need for safe, creative spaces?

“Being a girl is not just a label, it’s a story. And theatre gives me the voice to tell this story.”

– FATIMA (Seenaryo Studio participant) 

In times of crisis, people - especially children - need to laugh, create and express themselves in order to make the present brighter and the future more hopeful. 

Communities in both countries suffer from high levels of toxic stress and increasing inter-community tensions. Moreover, in the face of sky-rocketing unemployment and brain drain there is a need for quality training for people to develop professionally.

Engaging in Seenaryo's theatre and training programmes:

  • facilitates intercultural understanding  
  • supports the building of life skills
  • fosters social cohesion within and between communities 

Last year, 79% of youth we worked with stated that they have at least one new meaningful relationship with someone from a different nationality or religion.

Read our full 2021 Impact Report here

 

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What's the plan?

Seenaryo has developed leadership training for youth to deliver theatre projects in their own communities, as well as creating the Seenaryo Playkit: a phone app and training for teachers, supporting them to deliver their curriculum through theatre, music and play.

“This training is another world, the techniques and ideas are different to what I’ve done before. I’ve learnt things here that I haven’t learnt anywhere else.”

– SAIF (Seenaryo trainee)

We also work with children, youth and women, facilitating the creation of original and high quality theatre, in which participants write their own scripts. These range from two week all-singing, all-dancing shows with children, to Studio productions that tour nationally.

We are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished so far, but there are many more communities who need our support. Help us reach another 20,000 people in Lebanon and Jordan so that we can continue delivering holistic initiatives addressing the long-term wellbeing of refugees and their hosts.

Who are Seenaryo?

In 2015, our founders headed to Lebanon’s Shatila refugee camp to make theatre with a group of children. The participants developed stories about dinosaurs, drought and an astronomer’s daughter… and Seenaryo came to life. Since that summer we have reached over 86,000 people from 3 to 70 years old. Through theatre and play, we support children, youth, women and teachers to find their voices as powerful agents of change amid injustice.

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Ways to support the campaign

Donate here: Give anything from £5 to £5,000 online through this page. Every dollar and pound makes a huge difference so please do give, whatever the level.

There may be a better way for you to donate: Would you rather give by cash, cheque, or CAF? Or do you live in Hong Kong, the USA, Lebanon, or Jordan? Learn how you can give here. 

Finally, don’t forget to share: Share our campaign with your friends, and help spread the word about Seenaryo’s mission across the globe.

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£35 or more

GIVE RESILIENCE

Fund one child to access play-based lessons for eight weeks

£60 or more

GIVE CONFIDENCE

Fund one child to create and perform an original piece of theatre

£120 or more

GIVE LIFE SKILLS

Fund one young adult's training in arts facilitation and leadership

£250 or more

GIVE THE APP

Fund subscriptions for 25 teachers to have access to the Seenaryo Playkit app

£500 or more

GIVE VOICE

Fund one woman to create and perform in a Seenaryo Studio production that will tour nationally

£1,000 or more

GIVE LEADERSHIP

Fund a new trainee to lead their own Seenaryo micro-project

£2,500 or more

GIVE TEACHING SKILLS

Fund every teacher in one school to participate in the Seenaryo Playkit training, giving them skills to teach through theatre, music and play

£5,000 or more

GIVE HEALING

Fund a small scale Seenaryo Showbuild theatre project

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