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Amidst the many challenges that Lebanon is going through, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, SKILD Center is stretching a helping hand to educators, parents, and children who are bound to stay at home and pursue distance learning. For this reason, we developed an electronic library for Lebanon and the Arab speaking community in Jordan, Tunis, Egypt, and Sudan to enable children to build their capacities in different fields.

The aim is to reach the largest number of children whose access to education and specialized support was limited by these hardships. SKILD Center team joined efforts to bring specialized intervention home through online resources (videos) under the تنمية القدرات e-library divided into five main categories:

  1. Special education
  2. Psychological support
  3. Speech and language therapy
  4. Psycho motor therapy
  5. Behavioral support

A special sixth category is reserved for parents of children with special needs who share their testimonies and lessons learnt.

Together we can withstand the challenges surrounding us, and we can support children, including children with learning difficulties to unlock their potential.

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Emily Hoppin

A native from the state of Colorado, USA, Emily first came to Lebanon in 2016 to volunteer teach at a summer English camp for refugees hosted by one of LSESD’s partner churches in Zahle. Upon arriving in Lebanon, she immediately fell in love with the country and knew that she was destined to come back for the long term. After completing her master’s degree in Linguistics at the Free University of Berlin, Emily was finally able to realize her dream of moving to Lebanon. In August 2019, Emily Hoppin joined the LSESD team as its Communications Officer. “Working at LSESD is like putting that missing piece into a puzzle. For the first time in my life, everything fits,” she states. With a knack for languages, writing, and connecting with people, Emily feels as though all of her skills, talents, and passions have finally come together in one place through her work at LSESD. Just as her first name means “industrious”, Emily believes in hard work and perseverance. Allowing Colossians 3:23 to guide her work ethic, Emily seeks to serve the Lord in her role at LSESD with all of her heart, mind, soul, and strength.

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