HOW TO: SUPPORT MIGRANT WORKERS

It’s no secret that life for a migrant worker in Lebanon can leave much to be desired.

In addition to leaving families and the lives they know behind, men and women working here face racism, abuse, limited rights and even questionable deaths and uninvestigated suicides. In many cases, each day is a countdown until they can return to their home countries.

The Migrant Community Center is trying to change that. The colorful, homey space in Bourj Hammoud offers free and low-cost classes, activities and events to migrant workers, as well as a safe place to meet and hang out. Right now, the center is at the end of a month-and-a-half long Indiegogo fundraiser to support their efforts, and they’ve raised just 19% of a $25,000 goal. There are only four days to go.

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Donations start at $10, so if you’re looking for a way to rack up karma points or do something good for your community, this is it. Read more about the center’s activities, visitors and the work they’ve done over the last three years here.

And if you’d prefer to contribute in other ways, the center is also looking for the following:

Tables and chairs
Lamps and lights
A comfortable couch
Yoga mats
A sewing machine
A microphone
Used musical instruments
Carpets
Educational books
Plants
Used laptops
A projector screen
Board games

If this isn’t a good excuse to offload that extra microphone you’ve got lying around, I don’t know what is.

Contact the Migrant Community Center on Facebook

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