While IDRF has not received money personally from the government—our agency has not been funded for that—I know many of our colleagues have been and are doing exceptional work that we've had the opportunity to see.
Speaking for my own organization, IDRF support comes from a very engaged donor base. We are a proud Islamic faith-based organization, but we're committed to diversity. The projects and partnerships we undertake, and in all of our work internationally—Lebanon and Turkey are no exception—we always work with local organizations based in those communities.
One of the communities with which we work very closely is the Palestinian refugee community as well, who were displaced in Syria and then displaced yet again into Lebanon. They live in areas often outside of those areas where Syrian refugees or poor Lebanese communities are. We're trying to expand the scope of the work that we do to work with refugees and displaced people throughout those countries, always working in direct partnership and led by local organizations that are doing this.
One of the things we're seeing there is that with a lot of programs, because they can't be tied in effectively to existing national programs, or because these programs have restrictions about the ability for young people to get jobs when they graduate, there is a real sense of helplessness and frustration among a lot of young people about the point of completing their education, where it will take them, where they will use it, where they will go. A lot of services have their hands full dealing with that, or dealing with the symptoms of stress, which I mentioned.
As well, one thing I didn't talk about is that we are working more and more with schools programs that serve children with physical and mental disabilities in those areas. Again, where there are limited resources, a lot of times those children are the last to access those programs.
We've been working always to fund those local organizations and the work they're doing, to try to also create a sense of hope for young people that there's value to the education they're getting, and of course, hope that one day they will be able to use it in the careers of their choice.