LEBANON / FUN BUS

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18-Feb-2019 00:01:43
In Beirut, a very special bus roams the city, bringing joy and education to children working on the streets. UNHCR

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STORY: LEBANON / FUN BUS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 15 JANUARY 2019, BEIRUT, LEBANON

SHOTLIST:

1. Med shot, “Fun Bus”
2. Zoom in, street children going on board
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Abed, Syrian Refugee(Arabic)
“They call us here, they tell us come and play. “
4. Pan right, street children going on the bus
5. Various shots, children doing activities on the bus
6. Various shots, children learning on the bus
7. Med shot, logos of EU, UNHCR and Makhzoumi on bus
8. Various shots, children playing
9. Med shot, Alaa writing letter B
10. Close up, Alaa writing
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alaa, Syrian Refugee:
“I was in school till grade 4, then my father passed away, so I had to work.”
12. Close up, Alaa’s face
13. Various shots, activities on bus
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Sirine Comati, Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR:
“Not only are we working with children, we are also working with the parents in order to raise awareness about the dangers of being on the streets.”
15. Various shots, children writing
16. Various shots, children leaving the bus
17. Med shot, children receiving gifts

STORYLINE:

In Beirut, a very special bus roams the city, bringing joy and education to children working on the streets.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Abed, Syrian Refugee(Arabic)
“They call us here, they tell us come and play. “

In Lebanon, more than two third of refugees live under the poverty line with limited access to employment, forcing them to send their children out to work to make ends meet.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alaa, Syrian Refugee:
“I was in school till grade 4, then my father passed away, so I had to work.”

The “Fun Bus” is a UNHCR and EU funded initiative implemented by the Makhzoumi Foundation, a Lebanese NGO, and aims at reducing the working hours of street children in Lebanon - most of whom are Syrian refugees
selling goods to help their impoverished families - by having them a few hours a week on board of a bus that offers them recreational and educational activities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sirine Comati, Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR:
“Not only are we working with children, we are also working with the parents in order to raise awareness about the dangers of being on the streets.”

The initiative aims to ultimately take children out of work and enrol them in schools. So far, 150 children have left the street through the program. Still, for many leaving the bus means they are going back to the street to work.

The “Fun Bus “remains the only place where they get to be children again.
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Alternate Title
unifeed190218c
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2358345