LEAP Testimonials: Najwa, Sarah, Dayana, Nadia, Francis

LEAP Testimonials: Najwa, Sarah, Dayana, Nadia, Francis

“The plight of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is not well documented. We do not see or hear stories about the inhumane conditions they live in within Lebanon. This experience informed me of the historical and political context of Palestinian existence in Lebanon.”
Najwa B., LEAP Volunteer, Summer 2010, Columbia U.,International and Public Affairs

16“This program has given me more of a sense of how Palestinians are affected in refugee camps, way beyond the education system. Upon building my relationship with many of the students I happened to meet, I learned about many problems that affect the camps as a whole and the amount of stress these problems have on minors.”
Sarah I., LEAP Volunteer, Summer 2010, Brooklyn College

“The LEAP program proved to be a vital resource to Palestinian refugee school students. During these most formative of years, LEAP’s aim to re-inspire a passion for knowledge and hope for a brighter future is essential in correcting the path of poor education and lack of motivation. The Learning English Advancement Program not only provides a vital and immediate service through its Brevet preparation program but also reintroduces Palestinian Refugee students to hope, optimism and a value for knowledge.”
Dayana K., LEAP Volunteer, Summer 2010, Columbia University

“I have to say that LEAP was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I feel blessed to have been exposed to so much at such an early stage of my life. There are moments, every so often, that I spent with the students that I will remember forever.”
Nadia I., LEAP Volunteer, Summer 2010

“Their stories are now much more personal to me, rather than being a statistic on a page or a description in a book.”
Francis L., LEAP Volunteer, Summer 2010, Harvard University

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