Grow to learn - Learning gardens for Syrian children and youth in Lebanon
Nine years into the war in Syria, Lebanon remains at the forefront of one of the largest humanitarian, political, and developmental challenges of our time. The Government of Lebanon estimates that the country hosts 1.5 million of the 6.3 million Syrians who have fled the conflict since 2011. Despite the support provided and recent improvements in school and training enrolment, displaced Syrians in the region are becoming increasingly vulnerable and more than half of the displaced Syrian children are out of school. Since 2016 the Danish non-governmental organization (NGO), Zaher – Grow to Learn, together with the Lebanese NGOs SOILS – Permaculture Association, Buzuruna Juzuruna, and Food Heritage Foundation, has been working with Syrian communities displaced as refugees in Lebanon. While vegetable seeds and some of the annual flowers for the gardens were sourced from Buzuruna Juzuruna’s organic farming school, the perennials, trees and some flowers were sourced from a common nursery.