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?
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.
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.
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.
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