Rabouaa arrived in Lebanon from Aleppo when she was 6. Her family fled the war in Syria and found refuge in the fertile Bekaa valley.
Living conditions for refugees in Lebanon are difficult – 80% lives in extreme poverty - and many children either do not get into or drop out of school.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Rabouaa had been enrolled in an education and psychosocial support programme. Appropriately called ‘SHIELD’, it is run by a consortium of NGOs with EU humanitarian funds.
Rabouaa started an accelerated learning programme and managed to get into school. COVID-19 confined her in a tent, but that did not stop her. The girl’s motivation moved her to start making facemasks and raise awareness in her camp. This is her story.
Story by War Child in Lebanon.
Publication date: 15/12/2021