Liberal Hollywood actor opening schools for Syrian refugees


The George Clooney Foundation is set to open seven schools for more than 3,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, according to a statement released by the actor and his wife, Amal.

In the statement, the couple talks about the broad goal of preventing the thousands of young people destabilized by conflict in Syria from becoming “the lost generation.”

“They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope,” the couple wrote in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “Our goal with this initiative is to help provide Syrian refugee children with an education and put them on a path to be the future leaders their generation desperately needs.”

The Clooney Foundation for Justice is purported to be putting forth $2 million towards educating the Syrian refugees and announced a partnership with Google, HP, and UNICEF to begin the process of building schools in Lebanon.

The couple founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice late last year as a vow “to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world.”

The organization’s mission statement reads:

“We believe that justice means fighting for the rights of individuals unfairly targeted by oppressive governments through the courts. But justice is more than what is meted out in courts, it is litigated in communities as well.  So, advancing the cause of justice also means advancing justice for victims of war; justice for vulnerable children deprived of opportunities to learn; and justice for refugees seeking to rebuild their lives abroad.”

A UNICEF spokesman described the couple’s support as “investing [in] the future of the entire region.”

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