Christmas Has a Different Taste at Haigazian University
Students Bloomed a Neglected School in Beirut Suburb
Little did Haigazian students expect the contrast of an area half an hour drive of their campus located in the heart of the capital Beirut, when they arrived to the "Children Blossoms School", in the Chatila refugee camp, early Monday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, they even least expected that this unique experience would have impacted their lives in such a profound and positive way.
Around 90 students, divided into 3 groups, spent 3 full days of their Christmas vacation, renovating entirely the "Children Blossoms School", a huge project anticipated by Desert Streams, the humanitarian club at the university.
The project carried the theme, "Building a School, Building a Future", aimed at bringing happiness and better living and learning conditions to 250 underprivileged children, with ages varying from 3 to 6.
On the site, students engaged in resolving different problems that the school was undergoing, such as humidity, broken walls, and electricity.
At the end of the workshop, green, blue, yellow and pink paints covered the darkened walls, thus making the classes radiant with cheerful colors.
Students, in their turn, improved their organizational skills, in addition to the spirit of help and cooperation which led to the success of the event.
"We started with 90 volunteers, and ended up with 90 professionals", said Alan Keyrouz, Assistant Student Life Director.
"The Student Life at Haigazian aims at discovering every single capability in each student, channeling theses capacities in the actualization of projects that require a big capacity", noted Antranik Dakessian, Student Life Director.
The event was well covered in the local media.
In a TV appearance, students Sima Tchakhtchakhian and Khaled Saleh explained how this experience enriched their interpersonal skills, as well as helped them fulfill the University's motto, "truth, freedom and service". Another student, Zeinab Fawaz stressed on the vital importance of carrying out such activities, especially in underdeveloped areas. During a radio talk show, Aline Keshishian tackled the issue of the organization and the coordination of such a big event.
President Haidostian paid a site visit, and was quite astonished with the students' eagerness and professionalism at the same time.
"University education is never complete without the development of a strong sense of compassion, as well as social responsibility, and these types of support of the needy are a step towards character building and the type of education we aspire to", Haidostian concluded.
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