Ministering to Cedar Home Girls
Since 1950, Cedar Home in Beirut, Lebanon has run a residential program for orphaned and disadvantaged girls. Due to COVID-19, the Lebanese government mandated that all residential programs be put on hold and children sent home. As some of the Cedar Home girls didn't have a home to go to, they had to be placed with host families. Those who could, returned to their families. With the economic crisis and rising cost of living in Lebanon, there was already a struggle to purchase food and medicine. This is a huge challenge for refugee and disadvantaged families struggling to support themselves, like those of the Cedar Home girls. This is a huge challenge for refugee and disadvantaged families struggling to support themselves, like those of the Cedar Home girls.
This is the first time since Cedar Home started its residential program that there have been no girls living in residence. In order to continue supporting the girls, lessons were moved online for the remainder of the school year. Fellowship International missionaries Karim and Rita Anayssi also started bi-weekly distribution of food and medicine to the girls and their families, providing them with the opportunity to also check in on the girls' wellbeing and to encourage them while living in isolation.
Plans for the Future
The Anayssis and the staff at Cedar Home are looking forward to the return of the girls as soon as it is safe to do so. Until that time, food and medicine distribution will continue as long as there is need.
Funds raised will go towards the purchase of food and medicine items for the bi-weekly deliveries to the Cedar Home girls and their families.