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Iraqi Families Activity

The Nursing Program at the University of Balamand (UOB) organized a one-day activity for sixty-two Iraqi families (two hundred individuals) living in the Zgharta district. This activity was held in collaboration with the Order of Malta-Khaldieh and under the auspices of the Zgharta Municipalities Federation. The activity aimed at promoting the quality of life of Iraqi families by giving them the opportunity to meet and learn more about specific health topics. A needs assessment was carried out through a questionnaire and entertainment was provided.  

The day began with a celebration of the Eucharist, an Iraqi priest officiating. Educational sessions followed. Those attending were grouped according to age, whereby five health-education sessions, “Promoting Personal Hygiene” for children and “Dealing with Children in Emergency and Crisis” for parents, were held concurrently. These sessions were organized by third-year UOB students enrolled in the course entitled “Nursing in the Community”.

All participants, along with members and students of the Faculty of Health Sciences Nursing Program, assembled for lunch. Afterwards there was a Fiesta, animated by a group of children entertainers. Parents and kids joined in the fun activities and Santa Claus surprised all when he appeared and distributed hats, scarves, umbrellas, and hygiene kits.

According to Dr Gergess of the UOB Office of Student Affairs, “the smiles and happy faces of children were overwhelming. This is a success story of community service!” Mr Khayr, President of Zgharta Municipalities Federation, expressed his gratitude to the nursing faculty members for this “outstanding initiative towards the Iraqi refugees”. Sister Hasna Finianos, Director of the Primary Health Care Center, had this to say: “Today, this event was excellent, very well organized, and highly professional. It targeted the needs of the whole family and addressed the many different health aspects.” 

A father of a recently displaced family said: “We felt that we were surrounded by a family here. I am really thankful to all of you”. 

The students all agreed that the activity had been a great learning opportunity. It had given them the chance to experience the nursing process in a community setting and provided them with a problem-solving tool in nursing practice. They expressed their happiness at having participated actively in such a joyful event.

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