Love of reading
'I had never heard of a library and was fascinated when I saw all those books stacked on shelves. I was invited to attend story reading sessions, which started in me a love of books and a love for reading.'
Elise, now 16, is Palestinian, and yet she has never seen Palestine. She was born in Dbayeh refugee camp near Beirut, Lebanon, which was built to house Palestinians who had fled their village during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It is now home – and yet not really home – to almost 4,500 people. They deal with cramped living conditions and few jobs.
It is here, in this often bleak environment, that the Joint Christian Committee in Lebanon (JCC) opens the pages of hope for despairing people.
The Love of Reading Alternative Gift supports JCC's library and community centre at the heart of the camp providing access to books. The library is a safe space for children who are having problems at home or need extra support with their schoolwork.
This gift will help provide books and activities for children, opening up a world of imagination and inspiration.
By buying an Alternative Gift you are making a donation on behalf of a loved one to a Christian-led project that is changing lives. Lives and communities are being transformed because of your generosity! Thank you!
When you buy an Alternative Gift, you will receive a card with details of the project and people who have been helped to pass on to a loved one. It also includes a feel-good bookmark.
Because your gift is a donation, if you are able, you can add Gift Aid. Just tick the box in the checkout and we'll do the rest.
Find out more about how our Alternative Gifts work.