Project Fratelli

Project Fratelli in Maicao, Colombia

The Fratelli Project was created in 2016 by the Congregations of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Marist Brothers to try to respond to the emerging and urgent needs of the most vulnerable and at-risk children and young people.
The Fratelli communities are composed of Lasallian and Marist Brothers, lay people and lay volunteers both in Lebanon and Maicao. They are Intercongregational, Intercultural and International Communities. A well prepared team of educators collaborates in the development of the Project.

It mainly serves Syrian and Iraqi children displaced by the wars in the Middle East. It operates in two socio-educational centers:
1- Fratelli Rmeileh, located in the former “Collège de Notre Dame de Fatima” of Rmeileh – Saida, 30 kilometers south of the Lebanese capital Beirut. The activities started in March 2016 and, since then, the project serves Syrian refugees with various programs (Preschool, School Reinforcement, Basic Learning Program and Youth Groups), aimed at children and youth and also develops activities for young people and adults (sewing, cooking, English and computer science).
Fratelli Bourj Hammoud. Located in the building of the “Société de Saint Vincent de Paul” in the city of Bourj Hammoud, metropolitan region of Beirut. It develops activities with Iraqi and also Lebanese refugee children and youth since December 2016.

Fratelli Maicao aims to manage and articulate the necessary efforts related to the care of migrant children and youth in contexts of vulnerability. In other words, the project is envisioned to create opportunities for social and educational inclusion for children and youth neglected by the migratory situation of Venezuelans arriving in Maicao in order to contribute to socioeconomic inclusion and the reduction of the gaps that are deepening on migrant populations entering through the Colombian-Venezuelan border to the territory of La Guajira, Colombia.

August 2021