Philemon Project Preschool
in Beirut, Lebanon
About Our Partner
The Philemon Preschool Project began operation with a single child – the eight-month-old baby boy of an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker who had been raped by her sponsor. It was this story that partly inspired the establishment of the preschool. The only available options in the mother’s price range were illegal, unlicensed daycares where children were tied to their chairs for long periods of the day. Unable to get the pictures of these marginalized children (most two-three years old) out of their minds, a small group of concerned church women envisioned an alternative where Christian love and care was the guiding ethos. In late March 2013 renovations began on a building located within the Armenian Old People’s Home in a poor suburb of Beirut, and there are currently 70 students in the program. All the teachers and caregivers are Christian women.
This Christian ministry focuses on the (mostly Muslim) children of low-income immigrant workers and refugee Syrians, providing quality care and an avenue along which Christ may be made known to the children and their parents.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $30,000 to assist with scholarships and general operations.