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‘SHARE’ 248 – Learning Brings Hope amid the Gunfire

Written by Ness Ma (Communications Officer) In Hong Kong, it is common to see students carrying school bags and playing with their classmates on the streets before and after class. It seems ordinary, but it is not a must that students can go to school safely without worrying about sudden attacks. In other parts of the world, children may be unable to go to school safely. Since the coup d’état in Myanmar began in February 2021, the country has been engulfed in ongoing conflicts. In January 2023, the UN reported that after two years of coup d’état, over 34,000 civilian buildings, including homes, clinics, schools, and places of worship, have been destroyed in Myanmar. The country has 1.2

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‘SHARE’ 248 – Learning Brings Hope amid the Gunfire

In this issue, we will lay out the needs of people under crises in different countries with the perspectives of the 3C’s – ‘Conflict’, ‘COVID’, and ‘Climate’. Myanmar has gone through years of turmoil, and its people have experienced displacement and poverty that wears their hope for the future. In ‘Focus’, we will introduce ‘Children’s Learning Space in Myanmar’, a new project that aims to help children regain hope through learning amid the war. In ‘Learn a Little More’, we will share the difficulties residents of developing countries face when receiving money from overseas relatives during the pandemic. Besides, we hope that everyone will fall in love with the world created by God, as many people suffer from

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‘SHARE’ 247 – The AES Girls We Encountered in Nepal

Editor’s Note At the end of November just past, CEDAR’s staff members went to Nepal to visit several partners. During the trip, apart from showing our care for our partners, we also monitored the progress of the projects, hoping that the projects would have better results. In ‘Focus’ of this issue, is the sharing from our staff about the new project ‘Prevention of Trafficking and Exploitation of Women and Girls in the Adult Entertainment Sector‘ in Nepal and the situation of the beneficiaries. In ‘Back to the Bible’, we can think about the relationship between climate change and developing countries and how we in rich areas can lend a helping hand from the Book of Jeremiah. In ‘Learn

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Rayak & Anjar Learning Centres

Project Name Rayak & Anjar Learning Centres Project Location Lebanon Project Natures Children and Youth Development Peace and Reconciliation Project Objectives Provide trauma-informed education for displaced and out-of-school Syrian children. Beneficiaries Syrian children aged 6 to 12 who are unable to access formal education. No. of Beneficiaries Approx. 300 Key Activities Support the operation of two learning centres run by a local church, providing education and services to refugee children: Offer approved foundational Arabic, English, science, and math courses, along with extracurricular activities such as sports, music, or crafts, to prepare them for future enrolment in formal schools. Provide trauma-informed education. Supply school uniforms and hygiene items and distribute healthy snacks every week. Organise summer activities, such as

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Community Engagement Program for Sustainable Education

Project Name Community Engagement Program for Sustainable Education Project Location Bangladesh Project Natures Children and Youth Development Project Objectives Encourage local community involvement to establish sustainable, high-quality education programs for impoverished children. Beneficiaries Children and young people from impoverished families and their parents No. of Beneficiaries Approx. 1,620 Key Activities Provide opportunities for impoverished children to attend quality primary and preschool education. Promote professional training for teachers (such as teaching methods and classroom management) to provide quality education. Address social issues related to education, such as child trafficking, child rights and protection, health, and disaster awareness management. Construct 22 School Management Committees to provide sustainable leadership and management skills. Hold parent meetings and bi-monthly teacher training workshops. Provide

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Gender Equity and Child Rights Promotion

Project Name Gender Equity and Child Rights Promotion Project Location Bangladesh Project Natures Children and Youth Development Advocacy Project Objectives Reduce gender-based violence (GBV) in the community by empowering females and community support system Promote the rights and protection of children and children with disability Beneficiaries Adolescent and youth boys and girls, adults and children with disability from poor families (over 75% are female) No. of Beneficiaries Approx. 2,715 Key Activities Organise training for peer educators and adolescent and youth girls and boys group leaders with lessons on basic life skills, including on positive and supportive gender roles. Support People Institutions (PIs) as local community leaders to plan, set up and manage a community training centre to provide

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‘I don’t want to miss out on studying!’ said the Syrian children.

Written by Edward Lai (Senior Communications Officer) ‘I want to become a doctor when I grow up,’ said Bayane. ‘I really enjoy coming to the learning centre. Whenever I am here, I feel extremely happy. I never want to miss out on my daily study sessions at the centre!’ said Bayane, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee. In Lebanon, 90% of Syrian refugee families live in extreme poverty, a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, shelter, sanitation facilities. Refugee families are already under considerable financial strain. In order to survive, they usually resort to negative coping mechanisms, including child labour. Since 2019, CEDAR has been supporting the operation of two learning centres, ran by our

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Fortunate, Unfortunate, or Called? – Children in God’s Eyes

Written by Dr. Sarah Shea (Assistant Professor of Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary, Vice President of Asia Academy of Practical Theology) No one can choose their mother; we are accustomed to calling children of wealthy families lucky and those born amidst poverty, war, disasters, or disability unlucky. Is this interpretation of children precise and comprehensive? We suggest the contrary, that children are the called ones. Based on the Scripture, children are not arbitrarily manipulated by destiny, instead, they are the actors endowed with different missions in families and communities (Bunge 2001). In the Bible, the vocations of children can be varied, spanning from respecting their parents, loving the Lord, studying and practising the Word, and even teaching adults

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THE LETTER FROM CEDAR | JAN 2022

Dear supporters, Year 2021 has gone, but we are still living under the influence of COVID-19. Life in the pandemic hasn’t yet changed. Additionally, the world is still very volatile in economy, society, and governance. We ought to keep changing our mentality to face daily challenges at different degrees, so that we can live positively with people around. One of my family members passed away last year. I understand how helpless and painful families could be when they can’t stay with and care for their loved ones in quarantine. By the time of writing this letter, over 5.2 million people died of COVID-19. We can imagine the enormous pain and regret their families are bearing. The COVID-19 tragedy

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‘Go on Fighting!’ Interview with CEDAR’s Acting Chief Executive

Written by: Edward Lai  (Senior Communications Officer) When she was young, she walked through the northwest, southwest and central plains of China. She used to climb mountains and ridges; not to visit the most beautiful lakes and mountains or participate in cross-country competitions. She went to respond to the clear voice in her heart – to serve the poorest of the poor. For the past 30 years, she has never doubted or denied this voice. When she is exhausted, she is strengthened by her aspiration and carried on. She often says that she is just an ordinary woman, but the Lord lets her see the plight of the poor; this cannot be overlooked. Since last May, she has

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