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On the outskirts of the Bekaa Valley town of Saadnayel, a cluster of tidy slant-roofed wooden buildings stand out against the farmlands and nearby tented settlements. For the children who live and work in the surrounding area, this first-of-its-kind center to protect children from the worst forms of child labor is an oasis. The center has been operating for around a month, offering Arabic, English, math and literacy classes as well as psychosocial support activities for around 300 children.Amhaz said the roughly 15-strong Beyond team at the center is half Syrian, half Lebanese, as was the site's building crew.According to Amhaz, around 5,000 refugees live in the two tented settlements adjacent to the center, and while the center has space for 200 children, another 200 are already on the waiting list with more registering every day.Thirteen-year-old Mahmoud's family lives in the settlement south of the center.A sister center is set to be opened in south Lebanon's Nabatieh, with a view to launch more across the country.
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