CEPAL works with nine partner organisations in Lebanon.  Every year, prior to the arrival of volunteers in Lebanon, the CEPAL Overseas Program Director communicates with partner organisations to determine their demands for the Summer Program. The Summer Program is a reflection of the needs of our partners. The following is a list of partners CEPAL works with in Lebanon:

  • Arab Resource Centre on Popular Arts (ARCPA) / Al Jana
  • Association Najdeh
  • Children and Youth Centre (CYC)
  • National Association for Vocational Training and Social Services (NAVTSS)
  • National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training / Beit Atfal Assumoud
  • Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD)
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
  • UNRWA Women’s Centres
  • Women’s Humanitarian Organisation (WHO)

Arab Resource Centre on Popular Arts (ARCPA) / Al Jana

Background

ARCPA (more commonly referred to as ‘Al Jana’ – the harvest) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 in response to the needs of the community and grassroot NGOs for a resource centre that provides training and resources relating to youth, culture and creative expression. The Centre works to both impart skills and instil self-confidence in Palestinian children and youth through arts activities and active learning creative pedagogical techniques. Some of their past and present initiatives include: establishing a network of organizations that run child-friendly libraries; providing workshops for young filmmakers and hosting Palestinian and Children’s Film Festivals; facilitating child-to-child landmine awareness workshops; collecting oral testimonies from Palestinian refugees in Lebanon with attention paid to folk stories, songs, stories of uprooting, accounts of life in Palestine; facilitating music, writing and drawing programs for children and youth; running Summer Encounters workshops to develop skills and capacities of librarians, animators and volunteers; coordinating Spring Festivals to promote solidarity among the neediest and marginalized communities of Lebanon, regardless of their sectarian background; provide public access to their multimedia labs and library. ARCPA’s approach is thus pro-active: helping young Palestinians to survive their present difficulties by equipping them with important skills such as critical thinking, imaginative problem solving, effective interpersonal communication, and creative expression.

Association Najdeh

Background

Najdeh was founded in 1976 and works primarily to empower disadvantaged women to become positive contributors to the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon.  Its programs include vocational training, popular education and tutorial programs, mother and child programs, social affairs, domestic violence programs, micro-credit projects and embroidery.  It also works on educational initiatives related to reproductive health, women’s rights and child rights.  Najdeh operates in 26 centres in and around refugee camps in Lebanon and reaches over 10 000 refugees through its programs.

Children and Youth Centre (CYC)

Background

The Children and Youth Centre was founded in 1997 to serve the Shatila community and to provide a place for children and youth to develop their education, abilities and imagination.  It is an organization that places a great deal of importance on community work and strives to make its members sensitive to social justice issues, by empowering them as youth with a variety of skills.  Its aim is to develop an aware and responsible generation that is able and determined to positively contribute to the community around it.  CYC works in the following areas: child and human rights by emphasising gender equality, religious tolerance and non-discriminative right to literacy; follows a child-to-child method of education through intensive external workshops and continuous committed internal practice; aims to confirm Palestinian history and identity; runs training workshops, children’s activities, recreational and educational trips, after-school classes in  academic subjects, arts activities, sports activities, journalism workshops, summer camp activities, cultural events and community wellness seminars.

National Association for Vocational Training and Social Services (NAVTSS)

Background

The NAVTSS (formerly known as VTTC) is an independent social and educational institution established in 1983. It works to combat illiteracy, poverty and disease, helping young men and women in their career choices by offering intensive vocational training based on current market demands in Lebanon. Furthermore, it works to empower youth by running training workshops geared at community mobilization, human and child rights, gender and conflict resolution, facilitation and communication skills, time management and decision making skills. They run six vocational training centres and several cultural centres in Lebanon and train an average of 350 women every year in fields such as nursing and hairdressing.

National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training / Beit Atfal Assumoud

Background

NISCVT was founded in 1976 to care for children who were orphaned following the siege and massacre of Tel al-Zataar camp. Following the 1982 massacres in Sabra/Shatila, NISCVT extended its program to provide support to families that lost their primary income provider. Its objectives are as follows: provide financial and social support for the families; cultural, recreational, educational and health services for the children and their family members; development of economic and professional opportunities through programs geared towards women and youth; preservation of Palestinian identity through reviving cultural heritage and transmitting it to the new generation.

In 2007, NISCVT sponsored 1,360 children from 635 families throughout its 10 centres in Lebanon. Some of the services NISCVT provide include remedial education classes, vocational training, kindergartens, children and youth activities, embroidery projects, family guidance centres, dental services and reproductive health projects.

Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD)

Background

PARD was founded in 1985 as a grassroots, non-profit, non governmental organisation that seeks to improve the health and environmental conditions in the unofficial Palestinian gatherings and displaced buildings through water and sanitation programs, mother and child care services and by raising awareness and empowering the local communities. It envisages environmentally clean and healthy Palestinian communities whose members are actively participating in the development of their own communities. It currently provides primary and secondary health services through a network of five clinics in Lebanon, a range of environmental services including water supply and sewerage network rehabilitation and construction, preventative health programs, community development centres with activities targeting women, children and youth and First Aids service by trained youth volunteers in three centres.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

Background

UNRWA was established by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of December 8th, 1949. The purpose of UNRWA is to carry out direct relief and human development programs for Palestine refugees after the expulsion of Palestinians from their land following the creation of Israel in 1948. Currently, UNRWA provides education, health, relief and social services to over 4.6 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It staffs more than 29 000 people, the majority of whom are refugees, and comprises the largest UN operation in the Middle East.  UNRWA has been the main provider of basic education to Palestinian refugees over the past five decades and operates one of the largest school systems in the Middle-East.  UNRWA provides primary and junior secondary schooling, vocational and technical training courses, teacher-training programmes and scholarships to qualified refugee youth.

UNRWA Women’s Centres

Background

UNRWA Women’s Centres are aimed primarily at empowering women by offering skills-training to enable women to earn income, literacy training and household maintenance and income conservation assistance.  Several centres offer assistance with legal and civic matters and child-care facilities for working women.  Centres also provide educational and summer programs for children and youth and are involved in health education for women.

Women’s Humanitarian Organization (WHO)

Background

The Women’s Humanitarian Organization was founded in 1993 to serve women and children living in Bourj El-Barajneh refugee camp. Its objectives are as follows: to provide necessary care for women and children; habilitating and training women socially and vocationally; establishing various centres of habilitation and training in order to achieve the purposes and aims of the Association; establishing special centres for women and children care; conducting habilitating training programs. The organization currently works to provide early childhood education (nursery), kindergarten (three-six years old), vocational training (computer literacy, handicrafts, sewing), an elderly care program, a day-care program for the children of working mothers, an after-school tutorial program, a summer activities program for children and youth, physiotherapy and a community disability project.

CEPAL travaille en partenariat avec neuf organisations au Liban. Chaque année et, ce avant la venue des bénévoles, le ou la directeure du Programme outre-mer de CEPAL entre en contact avec les organisations partenaires pour connaître les besoins du Programme d’été et déterminer comment y répondre.

Voici la liste des partenaires avec qui CEPAL travaille au Liban :

  • le Centre de ressources arabe sur les arts populaires (ARCPA) ou Al Jana
  • l’Association Najdeh
  • le Centre des enfants et des jeunes (CYC)
  • l’Association nationale pour la formation professionnelle et les services sociaux (NAVTSS)
  • l’Institut national pour les soins sociaux et la formation professionnelle ou Beit Atfal Assoumoud
  • L’Aide populaire pour le secours et le développement (PARD)
  • l’Office de secours et de travaux des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés de Palestine (UNWRA)
  • les centres pour femmes de l’UNWRA
  • l’Organisation humanitaire pour les femmes (WHO)

Arab Resource Centre on Popular Arts (ARCPA) / Al Jana

Background

ARCPA (more commonly referred to as ‘Al Jana’ – the harvest) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 in response to the needs of the community and grassroot NGOs for a resource centre that provides training and resources relating to youth, culture and creative expression. The Centre works to both impart skills and instil self-confidence in Palestinian children and youth through arts activities and active learning creative pedagogical techniques. Some of their past and present initiatives include: establishing a network of organizations that run child-friendly libraries; providing workshops for young filmmakers and hosting Palestinian and Children’s Film Festivals; facilitating child-to-child landmine awareness workshops; collecting oral testimonies from Palestinian refugees in Lebanon with attention paid to folk stories, songs, stories of uprooting, accounts of life in Palestine; facilitating music, writing and drawing programs for children and youth; running Summer Encounters workshops to develop skills and capacities of librarians, animators and volunteers; coordinating Spring Festivals to promote solidarity among the neediest and marginalized communities of Lebanon, regardless of their sectarian background; provide public access to their multimedia labs and library. ARCPA’s approach is thus pro-active: helping young Palestinians to survive their present difficulties by equipping them with important skills such as critical thinking, imaginative problem solving, effective interpersonal communication, and creative expression.

Association Najdeh

Background

Najdeh was founded in 1976 and works primarily to empower disadvantaged women to become positive contributors to the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon.  Its programs include vocational training, popular education and tutorial programs, mother and child programs, social affairs, domestic violence programs, micro-credit projects and embroidery.  It also works on educational initiatives related to reproductive health, women’s rights and child rights.  Najdeh operates in 26 centres in and around refugee camps in Lebanon and reaches over 10 000 refugees through its programs.

Children and Youth Centre (CYC)

Background

The Children and Youth Centre was founded in 1997 to serve the Shatila community and to provide a place for children and youth to develop their education, abilities and imagination.  It is an organization that places a great deal of importance on community work and strives to make its members sensitive to social justice issues, by empowering them as youth with a variety of skills.  Its aim is to develop an aware and responsible generation that is able and determined to positively contribute to the community around it.  CYC works in the following areas: child and human rights by emphasising gender equality, religious tolerance and non-discriminative right to literacy; follows a child-to-child method of education through intensive external workshops and continuous committed internal practice; aims to confirm Palestinian history and identity; runs training workshops, children’s activities, recreational and educational trips, after-school classes in  academic subjects, arts activities, sports activities, journalism workshops, summer camp activities, cultural events and community wellness seminars.

National Association for Vocational Training and Social Services (NAVTSS)

Background

The NAVTSS (formerly known as VTTC) is an independent social and educational institution established in 1983. It works to combat illiteracy, poverty and disease, helping young men and women in their career choices by offering intensive vocational training based on current market demands in Lebanon. Furthermore, it works to empower youth by running training workshops geared at community mobilization, human and child rights, gender and conflict resolution, facilitation and communication skills, time management and decision making skills. They run six vocational training centres and several cultural centres in Lebanon and train an average of 350 women every year in fields such as nursing and hairdressing.

National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training / Beit Atfal Assumoud

Background

NISCVT was founded in 1976 to care for children who were orphaned following the siege and massacre of Tel al-Zataar camp. Following the 1982 massacres in Sabra/Shatila, NISCVT extended its program to provide support to families that lost their primary income provider. Its objectives are as follows: provide financial and social support for the families; cultural, recreational, educational and health services for the children and their family members; development of economic and professional opportunities through programs geared towards women and youth; preservation of Palestinian identity through reviving cultural heritage and transmitting it to the new generation.

In 2007, NISCVT sponsored 1,360 children from 635 families throughout its 10 centres in Lebanon. Some of the services NISCVT provide include remedial education classes, vocational training, kindergartens, children and youth activities, embroidery projects, family guidance centres, dental services and reproductive health projects.

Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD)

Background

PARD est une organisation indépendante à vocation médicale et sociale. Fondée en 1985 par un groupe de bénévoles expérimentés et spécialisés, elle agissait d’abord comme agence de secours. Depuis, elle offre des services médicaux et sociaux aux personnes déplacées et à faible revenu dans les camps et les régions démunies du Liban. PARD a créé deux dispensaires, une clinique ambulante et mis sur pied une équipe chargée de mettre en œuvre des projets communautaires et de soins de santé primaire. En plus, PARD offre du transport scolaire aux enfants déplacés. PARD cherche à combattre la maladie, la pauvreté et l’analphabétisme en mettant sur pied des projets d’intérêt public et à conscientiser les personnes déplacées et démunies aux questions de santé communautaire.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

Background

UNRWA was established by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of December 8th, 1949. The purpose of UNRWA is to carry out direct relief and human development programs for Palestine refugees after the expulsion of Palestinians from their land following the creation of Israel in 1948. Currently, UNRWA provides education, health, relief and social services to over 4.6 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It staffs more than 29 000 people, the majority of whom are refugees, and comprises the largest UN operation in the Middle East.  UNRWA has been the main provider of basic education to Palestinian refugees over the past five decades and operates one of the largest school systems in the Middle-East.  UNRWA provides primary and junior secondary schooling, vocational and technical training courses, teacher-training programmes and scholarships to qualified refugee youth.

UNRWA Women’s Centres

Background

UNRWA Women’s Centres are aimed primarily at empowering women by offering skills-training to enable women to earn income, literacy training and household maintenance and income conservation assistance.  Several centres offer assistance with legal and civic matters and child-care facilities for working women.  Centres also provide educational and summer programs for children and youth and are involved in health education for women.

Women’s Humanitarian Organization (WHO)

Background

The Women’s Humanitarian Organization was founded in 1993 to serve women and children living in Bourj El-Barajneh refugee camp. Its objectives are as follows: to provide necessary care for women and children; habilitating and training women socially and vocationally; establishing various centres of habilitation and training in order to achieve the purposes and aims of the Association; establishing special centres for women and children care; conducting habilitating training programs. The organization currently works to provide early childhood education (nursery), kindergarten (three-six years old), vocational training (computer literacy, handicrafts, sewing), an elderly care program, a day-care program for the children of working mothers, an after-school tutorial program, a summer activities program for children and youth, physiotherapy and a community disability project.

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