Happy Faces: Bringing a Touch of Joy to Tripoli’s Underprivileged areas

Eid is an event for kids to have a good time and reunite with their family members however sadly that’s not the case in a number of areas in Lebanon and particularly in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest metropolis and one in every of its poorest. Final 12 months, I visited Tripoli throughout Eid and visited a few of its most disadvantaged streets the place NGOs and locals had ready small gatherings to entertain the kids.

What caught my consideration essentially the most was a volunteer-led clown flash-mob in 7aret el Tanak (Tin Neighborhood), one in every of Tripoli’s most underprivileged components which had little-to-no infrastructure. Journalists, engineers, college students and activists got here from throughout Lebanon, dressed up as clowns and spent the entire day celebrating Eid with the locals.

Photograph Credit: Firass Hallak

No NGOs or associations are behind this initiative and it’s nice to see it rising, turning into extra organized and attracting additional individuals as was the case this 12 months. Glad Faces is the fruit of a handful occasions round Tripoli the place members from throughout Lebanon collect to unfold pleasure and happiness with these whom life received laborious on. None is an expert clown, they simply costume up like clowns and unfold smiles!

I missed out this 12 months however I might be there subsequent 12 months with Brian 😀

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