An Overview of Walid's Fund
The Syrian Civil War has created the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War 2 and as the war continues, matters are only getting worse. Over 3 million Syrians have been forced from their homes and found temporary, but impoverished, safe havens inside Lebanon. By recent count, 1.5 million refugees are trapped in camps set up by the UN refugee agency. Their homes are in ruins and they are not allowed to move forward into Lebanon. Many are paralyzed by past trauma, poverty, illiteracy, and a total lack of resources. A few international relief agencies, such as the UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF, provide minimal shelter, clothing, food, and water to the people living in the camps. Refugees quickly become dependent on hand-outs as their primary means of survival. The camps are places where hope dies quickly.
To inspire hope by developing practical occupational skills among the adults. With skills, individuals and groups can help each other and begin to earn money by selling services and crafts. Occupational skills bring income and hope for a stable future. Skills bring new confidence in individuals and families. Our remedy is simple, original and is making a difference. Practical job skills across a range of occupations, each with the potential to improve circumstances for the families now prepare them for the hoped-for return to their homes in Syria. We tap innate talent and skills and promote self-reliance and new enterprises within the camps. We believe the human spirit is resilient, powerful, and positive even amidst the greatest suffering.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."