Girls on a mission performed 12 weeks of refugee related research and identified methods to combat in-camp issues. GOAM ultimately concluded an issue with education and the stateless status of children. In partnership with Cedar Home for Girls, GOAM has proposed an un-official school building initiative to educate and up-skill stateless children. In doing so, GOAM hopes to rid begging children from Lebanese streets and dramatically reduce youth crime by 2025.
GOAM launched its 'Reach' project in one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in the northern town of Bibnine, Akkar, known as the Al-Rihayniyeh camp. Working along side the Sisters of Al-Burak based in Kobe, Tripoli, GOAM provided women, widows and children with material and welfare aid. This included a distribution of toys, learning material, family food allowances and medical allowances for ill women. Children also enjoyed the perks of our dollar bill distribution program.
GOAM launched its social research in the Beddawi Camp, situated in the North of Lebanon. Beddawi bore the brunt of the crisis at Nahr el-Bared, where fighting between the Lebanese armed forces and the radical militant group, Fatah Al-Islam, forced 27,000 refugees to flee. Beddawi's population swelled from 15,000 to 30,000 overnight. After witnessing the neglect and vulnerability of countless children, GOAM organised a toy and food which left children in an abundance of joy.
GOAM embarked on a journey through an urban slum, known as Hay al-Tanak (Tin Neighbourhood) which is home to countless Syrian families, many which are occupied by widows. Through story telling, GOAM understood the complexities of individual cases, each entailing unique hardships. GOAM conducted countless home visits (not limited to this neighbourhood) to determine the urgency of cases and prioritise our aid accordingly.
In collaboration with the Sisters of Al-Burak, upwards of 150 Syrian women participated in learning seminars to read and write Arabic. This initiative is still in progress, and runs weekly in Kobe, Tripoli. These seminars are also open to Lebanese citizens and includes a fortnightly distribution of food and rental allowances.