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Camp for Blind and Sighted Children in Lebanon

In Beirut and Tripoli, Lebanon, Maysa Mourad (Lebanon, UWC USA) and three fellow Wellesley College students led Camp Rafiqi — a rarity in Lebanon, because it was cost-free to families — that brought together low-income blind and sighted children. Children learned math and science, did camp activities, even learned to swim.

“This relates to peace because in Lebanon, students with disabilities are marginalized,” said Maysa, now a graduate student at Harvard in international education policy. “Breaking down the social stigma associated with disability is very important, and this is something we achieved.”

This was a Project for Peace.