Nahed was 9 years old when she started attending the social and community center of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Roueisset, an impoverished neighborhood in northeastern Beirut, Lebanon. Just like dozens of children like her who come every afternoon to the center, Nahed received tutoring for her homework and was happy to participate in the recreational activities on Saturdays. Nahed was a very shy child, but the sisters and staff helped her to come out of her shell and understand that that she was loved and appreciated. With her educators’ support, Nahed became more self-confident and more able to think of herself as a talented and cherished girl.
As she grew up, she started helping out at the center as a tutor’s helper, then became a tutor herself after many training sessions. She was studying interior decoration, yet while she worked at the center, she discovered her new potential and talent in teaching children. She loves working and playing with kids and, now, encouraged and supported by the sisters, Nahed continues her studies at university to become a specialized educator and better help marginalized children in Lebanon to thrive and develop according to their talents.