World day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development Friday 19 May 2017

Caritas Lebanon’s Social Center in Mreijeh celebrated the World day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development on May 21. The center’s team opened their doors for the Lebanese, Syrians, and Iraqis to participate in a full day event.

Diversity Day is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

When you enter, a girl will ask you if you would like to write a message or a quote on the wall in the color you choose and at the end, this resulted in the creation of a masterpiece.

On your right, a traditional Arabic sitting room with guys wearing "Abaya", "Tarboosh", "Kafiye" to show the traditional clothes of the Lebanese people, Syrians, and Iraqis. And of course, Feirouz voice was a symphony to all the attendees.

And, when you enter the class, there's a social worker with children from different nationalities playing together. "I love to swim, but I don't know how to do it so when I used to go to the beach, I used to play on the shore and build sandcastles but I would love to learn how to swim," said Ayat from Syria.

In the other room, there was an exhibition for tools from the three different countries. Also, you will find drawings made by children, some of them drew their family, others drew their country, but all the paintings consolidated the children's dreams or nostalgia.

At the end, an awareness session about the world day for Cultural Diversity for dialogue and development was held. And during this session, two guys started shouting and fighting. But, it turned out that they were only acting to show the importance of dialogue and to be open to other cultures.