Civil society projects
Started on: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, End date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Project description

Palestinian children in Lebanon suffer from multiple risk factors and disadvantages that impede their development. Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon form a distinct and disadvantaged sector, characterized not only by extreme poverty, but also by a mix of low status, limited opportunities, increased vulnerability, and social exclusion. High levels of stress and anxiety negatively affect their healthy growth and development.

Enrollment in preschool/kindergarten is an important stage in a child’s education: students who go from preschool to elementary school are more prepared for learning in a school environment and more likely to stay in school than students who have not. Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon enroll in elementary school at age 6. The two years of preschool/kindergarten prior to elementary school are non-compulsory. For the most part, preschool is available for Palestinian children through local NGOs, but these NGOs lack sufficient funding and support. They vary widely in quality and the 92 preschools currently in operation are only able to provide preschool education to 9,092 children, leaving about half of pre-school age Palestinian refugee children without access. Moreover, as a consequence to the limited funding and attention to this vital sector, more than half of the 92 preschools operating in the camps are in need of rebuilding, almost 80% need refurbishment of classrooms and/or playgrounds, and over 85% lack proper equipment for a truly child friendly environment.

Today, the situation has been aggravated with the mass influx of Syrian refugees from across the border, including around 60,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS). As the crisis drags on with no end in sight, the situation is become more and more concerning, especially as the existing structures—schools, health clinics, and social services—were already over-crowded and over-whelmed and are unable to accommodate the large influx of PRS.  There were approximately 400,000 Palestinians prior to the crisis, and the addition of 15% of the population is overstretching the limited resources, creating rising tensions between the communities. Young PRS children have acute needs as the majority were exposed to violent experiences while in Syria and suffer from psychosocial distress. Sending them to preschool gives them a chance to laugh and play, socialize with children their age, escape their dreary, overcrowded surroundings – many living in tents or multi-family one room apartments, and try to regain a sense of normalcy.

In response to the emergency situation some local preschools have opened their doors to PRS children and have increased their class population by at least 40%.This is the case of two of ANERA’s partner organizations; the preschool of National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (NISCVT) in Burj El Barajneh Camp (Beirut area), and the Kindergarten of Najdeh Association in Ein El Hilweh Camp (Sidon area).  

 

Project overall objectives

This project aims at building a classroom environment enabling refugee children from 3 to 6 years old to learn, play, and socialize in a safe, child-friendly space in two preschools in Burj el-Barajneh and in Ein el-Hilwe Palestinian camps.

Project activities

1. Arrange and rehabilitate 2 preschools (7 classrooms) in Ein el-Hilwe and Burj el-Barajne camps
2. Provide adequate educational resources to support children’s development

Started on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, End date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Project description

Due to the Syrian crisis, substantial numbers of displaced refugees have scattered around the Lebanese territory. This has caused deterioration in the economic situation of the majority of the population, especially in regions with higher presence of refugees. Hence the general objective of this project is to provide a quick income generating tool for women in need, in both host and refugee communities in four different regions of Lebanon (West Bekaa, North Lebanon, South Lebanon and Mount Lebanon). This will help mitigate the impact of the Syrian crisis on refugee and host communities through women empowerment. The plan of action consists of choosing 200 women, half from the host communities and the other half consisting of Syrian refugee women, from four different affected locations across Lebanon, and developing their skills in handicraft making and their capacity in food processing and production. The proposed curriculum consists of training sessions for hand-made accessories, soap making, and soap decorations; as well as various food processing and preservation sessions. These newly acquired skills will thus allow the beneficiaries to develop their own microenterprise and work in this field, having access to self-employment opportunities and extra income.

Project overall objectives

1- Mitigate the deteriorating economic situation of Syrian refugees and corresponding host families in Lebanon through the empowerment of women by providing quick income generation opportunities; which in return help improve livelihoods, economic resilience and social status of women from both host and refugee communities.

2- Strengthen prospects for community harmony, cultural exchange and understanding between host and Syrian refugee communities through the involvement of 200 women in shared training sessions and potential formation of women associations and micro-enterprises.

Project activities

1- Intensive Training in Handicrafts and Soap Making
2- Intensive Training in Food Processing and Preparation

Project hosted by: AMIDEAST
Started on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, End date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Project description

Are you a woman about to start a business?  Have you just started a business?

Apply now to qualify for a fully-funded training program designed to help you successfully launch or grow your business!

 

15 Days of training on business skills, conducted in Arabic

  • What makes a successful entrepreneur
  • How to register a business in Lebanon
  • How to fund a new business or business growth
  • How to assess risk and feasibility
  • Strategic planning
  • Accounting and cash flow
  • Customer service
  • Sales skills

Training

Mentorship

Group support

Develop a business plan

Network with business funders

Successful women guest speakers


The Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a Citi Foundation-funded initiative, implemented by AMIDEAST in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco.  In each country 20 women will compete to be selected to participate in the program.


Training Dates and Times:                                                 

Tuesday, November 26 & Friday, November 29

Tuesday, December 3 & Friday, December 6                    

Tuesday, December 10 & Friday, December 13                

Tuesday, December 17 & Friday, December 20                 

Tuesday, January 7 & Friday, January 10

Friday, January 17 & Saturday, January 18

Friday, January 24 & Saturday, January 25

Friday, January 31

 

All sessions to run from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

In addition, during the period of February – August, 2014, monthly half-day meetings as well as two full-day training sessions will take place on Saturdays.


Location:

A hotel conference room in Beirut

Venue to be confirmed


Application:

To apply, complete the application form in either Arabic or English and submit your completed application:

Via fax to fax number:   01-989901, ext. 100

Via email to:                       ajerab@amideast.org

In person at:                      AMIDEAST, Bazerkan Building, Riad El Solh, Nijmeh Square, Downtown Beirut

Deadline to submit completed applications: November 11, 2013


For Additional Information:

Contact Allyson Jerab AMIDEAST/Lebanon, tel. 01-989901, ext. 234, email ajerab@amideast.org

Or visit the webpage: http://amideast.org/lebanon/professional-development/arab-womens-entrepreneurship-program-awep

Project hosted by: Learning to CARE Institute
Started on: Friday, August 15, 2014, End date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Project description

A new magazine will be launched in September for people of Lebanese heritage around the world. Its first issue, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, will target those who are coming home to Lebanon this Christmas season with features on the cultural scene, family and kids' activities, gifts, outings, dining, festive recipes, shopping and much more. The magazine will feature an article encouraging the returning Lebanese and their families to volunteer. And it will provide information on volunteer opportunities to fit people of different ages, interests, and regions of the country. While the issue's title mentions Christmas - this is only meant to denote the time of year, since we would like to have opportunities for all those returning, regardless of their religious identity.  Some opportunities might be for individual volunteers, some for groups, and some for intergenerational volunteering, so that members of a family volunteer could together as a special shared experience. Some of the volunteer opportunities might need special skills, expertise, or knowledge, while others could be done by anyone.

What could the volunteers do? Paint ... Plant ... Sew ... Visit the elderly ...Help those with disabilities ... Build or renovate a building ... Clean and improve a park ... Play with children ... Translate  ... Develop a website ... Sing ... Dance ... Juggle ... Read to the blind ... Visit the sick ... Give a presentation ... Teach a skill ... Visit people in prison ... Help refugees or other displaced people ... Write a proposal ... Join an advocacy campaign.

The possibiltiies are endless. But all the opportunities should give the volunteers the opportunity to feel that they made a positive difference in the country.

This is a great opportunity to be featured in a publication viewed by mughtaribeen throughout the world, with a profile of the organization or institution, a description of  your  volunteer opportunities, other contact information, and possibly a few pictures. This information will also be listed online.

We are also giving the participating organizations and agencies the opportunity to list some things that the mughtaribeen could bring with them to support programs in Lebanon (such as books for schools or public libraries, eyeglass frames, clothes, or children's toys).

For more information about the project and Pidraya go to: http://www.learningtocare.com/home-christmas

If your institution (organization, service institution, school, university, municipality, or government ministry) is interested in having your volunteer opportunities listed,  CLICK HERE to complete a brief information form as soon as possible by August 22. We will then send you a separate link to list your volunteer opportunities. There will be no charge for this service.

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Website information: http://www.learningtocare.com/home-christmas

Information Form for Participating Institutions: http://www.learningtocare.com/volunteering_mughtaribeen

The Learning to CARE Institute (LTCI) is partnering with Pidraya (see below) in their production of a magazine targeted to مغتربين (Mughtaribeen - people of Lebanese heritage) returning to Lebanon during different seasons of the year. They plan to launch the magazine with an issue called #ff0000;">HOME FOR CHRISTMAS for those coming to Lebanon over the Christmas holidays (November 15-January 15), with future issues focused on Ramadan and Summer 2015.

LTCI will draft an article for the magazine about volunteering of the mughtaribeen, appropriate to the season and to their circumstances. And we would then like to provide a list of at least 20 volunteer opportunities of different sorts to fit people of different ages, interests, and regions of the country. While the issue's title mentions Christmas - this is only meant to denote the time of year, since we would like to have opportunities for all those returning, regardless of their religious identity.  Some opportunities might be for individual volunteers, some for people who would volunteer in groups. Some could be opportunities for intergenerational volunteering, so that members of a family volunteer could together as a special shared experience. Some of the volunteer opportunities might need special skills, expertise, or knowledge, while others could be done by anyone.

The institutions that host the volunteers can be organizations, service institutions, schools, universities, municipalities, or government ministries.

What could the volunteers do? Paint ... Plant ... Sew ... Visit the elderly ...Help those with disabilities ... Build or renovate a building ... Clean and improve a park ... Play with children ... Translate  ... Develop a website ... Sing ... Dance ... Juggle ... Read to the blind ... Visit the sick ... Give a presentation ... Teach a skill ... Visit people in prison ... Help refugees or other displaced people ... Write a proposal ... Join an advocacy campaign.

The possibiltiies are endless. But all the opportunities should give the volunteers the opportunity to feel that they made a positive difference in the country.

This first issue of the magazine will only be in English, and our communications with the participating organizations or institutions will be in English, but hopefully future editions will be in Arabic as well as other languages of the Lebanese diaspora. That does not mean that the volunteer opportunities have to be in English. Specific language fluency can be one of the details to be listed in the requirements for the position. (for example, volunteer must be fluent in Arabic, or French, or Armenian)

This is a great opportunity to be featured in a publication viewed by mughtaribeen throughout the world, with a profile of the organization or institution, a description of the volunteer opportunities, other contact information, and possibly a few pictures. This information will also be listed online.

We are also giving the participating organizations and agencies the opportunity to list some things that the mughtaribeen could bring with them to support programs in Lebanon (such as books for schools or public libraries, eyeglass frames, clothes, or children's toys).

Below, I have provided information about #ff0000;">HOME FOR CHRISTMAS as well as about Pidraya in both English and Arabic.

If your organization, service institution, school, university, municipality, or government ministry. is interested in having your volunteer opportunities listed, please CLICK HERE to complete a brief information form as soon as possible. We will then send you a separate link to list your volunteer opportunities. There will be no charge for this service.

Dr. Patricia Nabti
Director, Learning to CARE Institute

- See more at: http://www.learningtocare.com/?q=home-christmas#sthash.rDq4Zjlh.dpuf

The Learning to CARE Institute (LTCI) is partnering with Pidraya (see below) in their production of a magazine targeted to مغتربين (Mughtaribeen - people of Lebanese heritage) returning to Lebanon during different seasons of the year. They plan to launch the magazine with an issue called #ff0000;">HOME FOR CHRISTMAS for those coming to Lebanon over the Christmas holidays (November 15-January 15), with future issues focused on Ramadan and Summer 2015.

LTCI will draft an article for the magazine about volunteering of the mughtaribeen, appropriate to the season and to their circumstances. And we would then like to provide a list of at least 20 volunteer opportunities of different sorts to fit people of different ages, interests, and regions of the country. While the issue's title mentions Christmas - this is only meant to denote the time of year, since we would like to have opportunities for all those returning, regardless of their religious identity.  Some opportunities might be for individual volunteers, some for people who would volunteer in groups. Some could be opportunities for intergenerational volunteering, so that members of a family volunteer could together as a special shared experience. Some of the volunteer opportunities might need special skills, expertise, or knowledge, while others could be done by anyone.

The institutions that host the volunteers can be organizations, service institutions, schools, universities, municipalities, or government ministries.

What could the volunteers do? Paint ... Plant ... Sew ... Visit the elderly ...Help those with disabilities ... Build or renovate a building ... Clean and improve a park ... Play with children ... Translate  ... Develop a website ... Sing ... Dance ... Juggle ... Read to the blind ... Visit the sick ... Give a presentation ... Teach a skill ... Visit people in prison ... Help refugees or other displaced people ... Write a proposal ... Join an advocacy campaign.

The possibiltiies are endless. But all the opportunities should give the volunteers the opportunity to feel that they made a positive difference in the country.

This first issue of the magazine will only be in English, and our communications with the participating organizations or institutions will be in English, but hopefully future editions will be in Arabic as well as other languages of the Lebanese diaspora. That does not mean that the volunteer opportunities have to be in English. Specific language fluency can be one of the details to be listed in the requirements for the position. (for example, volunteer must be fluent in Arabic, or French, or Armenian)

This is a great opportunity to be featured in a publication viewed by mughtaribeen throughout the world, with a profile of the organization or institution, a description of the volunteer opportunities, other contact information, and possibly a few pictures. This information will also be listed online.

We are also giving the participating organizations and agencies the opportunity to list some things that the mughtaribeen could bring with them to support programs in Lebanon (such as books for schools or public libraries, eyeglass frames, clothes, or children's toys).

Below, I have provided information about #ff0000;">HOME FOR CHRISTMAS as well as about Pidraya in both English and Arabic.

If your organization, service institution, school, university, municipality, or government ministry. is interested in having your volunteer opportunities listed, please CLICK HERE to complete a brief information form as soon as possible. We will then send you a separate link to list your volunteer opportunities. There will be no charge for this service.

Dr. Patricia Nabti
Director, Learning to CARE Institute

- See more at: http://www.learningtocare.com/?q=home-christmas#sthash.rDq4Zjlh.dpuf

Project overall objectives

To provide returning mughtaribeen with volunteer opportunities between November 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015.

Project activities

A magazine will be launched in September to encourage returning mughtaribeen and their families to volunteer. Organizations and institutions are invited to list their volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities, and in all regions of Lebanon.

Project hosted by: AL Hadatha Association
Started on: Monday, April 15, 2013, End date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Project description

مشروع نسيج:

    أطلق مشروع نسيج في نيسان 2013 من قبل جمعية الحداثة، إحدى منظمات المجتمع المدني مقرها في برقايل عكار ، بدعم من الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية / مكتب المبادرات الانتقالية لبنان.

يهدف نسيج ، وهو ما يعني "نسيج " في اللغة العربية ، لخلق منصة لسكان المناطق والقرى، سواء السوري واللبناني ، على الانخراط مع الحكومة المحلية لتحديد احتياجات المجتمع المحلي بشكل جماعي والحد من الضغط على المجتمعات المضيفة.

ويتم اختيار المنطقة وفقا لأربعة معايير هي:

1- حجم السكان .

2-  عدد اللاجئين السوريين .

3-  وجود توترات متكررة في المجتمع.
4- إستعداد البلدية للتعاون.

في كل قرية أو مدينة،  تعمل حداثة مع المجتمع المحلي لتشكيل لجنة محلية مكونة من سكان لبنانيين وسوريين . وقد تم تحديد أعضاء اللجنة من خلال منظمات المجتمع المدني المحلي و اللاجئين السوريين الناشطين أيضا، واختيار ممثل من كل مجلس بلدي ليمثل البلدية في اللجنة. وبعد تشكيل اللجان يبدأ التدريب في تشكيل الفريق، و صنع القرار ، وتقييم الإحتياجات، كتابة المقترحات ، وتنفيذ المشاريع.  وبعد التدريبات  تجري  اللجان التقييم السريع للاحتياجات المحلية ذات الأولوية على أساس توافق آراء جميع أعضاء اللجنة  والبلدية.

تصوغ اللجان عدة مقترحات حلول للتحديات الرئيسية الحالية التي تواجه كل بلدة لصنع تغيير إيجابي في المجتمع عبر هذه اللجان، ثم تقوم اللجان والبلديات بعرض هذه الحلول في مؤتمر المانحين لدعم القرى المتأثرة بالنزوح السوري الذي يتم عقده  بحضور المنظمات و الجهات المانحة حيث تتاح الفرصة لمواصلة مناقشة التحديات المحلية والأفكار المقترحة مع كل لجنة .

لجان نسيج هي لجان أمان مجتمعي للمجتمع المضيف وللاجئين السوريين تعمل على التدخل في تخفيف النزاعات ومساعدة المجتمع المحلي على تخطي الأزمة عبر تنفيذ مبادرات ومشاريع دعم وتنمية.

Project overall objectives

توفير الأمان المجتمعي للاجئين السوريين والمجتمع اللبناني المضيف

Started on: Friday, June 1, 2012, End date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Project description

The youth of the Nahr El-Bared and Beddawi refugee camps face immense challenges on numerous fronts. The job market is severe, with both high unemployment and low wages as the norm. This situation is further complicated by the high rate of dropouts among students, as well as the lack of resources in schools at all age levels. In addition, camp youths often lack proper recreational facilities – which would give them a chance to develop important social skills, as well as provide relief to the harsh reality of life in the camps.

Enhancing Non-Formal Education project (ENFE II) aims to improve the camp youth’s chances for a better future. By building on the successes of ENFE I, the program seeks to continue making Palestinian youth more competitive in the difficult marketplace. ENFE II focuses on building capacity for vocational training and remedial education providers, as well as using sports as a cross-cutting program strategy to enhance the effectiveness of those priorities. 

Project overall objectives

Palestinian Youth in the North of Lebanon have enhanced capabilities and life skills through non-formal education
1. Improved vocational training services and increase in the employability of 200 students
2. Improved learning support/after-school services (remedial education) to assist 600 elementary students (6-13 years old)
3. Improved access to sports activities, promoting personal development and healthy lifestyle for 2,000 youth

Started on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, End date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Project description

THE LEBANESE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (LNDP)

1) WHAT WERE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ABSENCE OF A PLAN IN LEBANON DURING THE PERIOD FROM 1995 TO DATE?

In our opinion, most of the ills that have befallen the Lebanese economy during that period: the horrendous escalation of our public debt, the low growth of our economy, the poor quality of our social services, and the degradation of our environment are, in many cases the direct result of an absence of vision and forward looking policy that a well conceived and carefully implemented NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN would have generated instead.

2) WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE CONTINUE WITHOUT A PLAN?

In our opinion, most probably the overall economic situation will grow worse. Our Public Debt will reach $160 billion in 2022, unless some serious reforms are introduced as soon as possible. That condition may lead eventually to some serious civil disorders, unless the introduction of a NATIONAL PLAN brings an end to the anarchy by diverting all the energies toward finding some appropriate and comprehensive solution to the country's economic and social problems

3) WHAT SHOULD BE OUR NEXT STEPS?

To create a successful National Economic Development Plan we suggest adopting the following action framnework:

a.- The Plan initial build-up


We should proceed as follows:

1.-Scrutinize attentively the seven national plans that were previously formulated in Lebanon (a list of these Plans is appended at the bottom of this report) and discuss the matter at length with the experts at the CDR who developed a number of proposals in this connection.Their guidance and their advices will be useful.

2.- Examine the Plans that were created and successfully implemented in some countries like Brazil, Cyprus, Jordan and the Irish Republic. Trace and identify the causes for their success.

3.- Collect and analyze all local and foreign documents relating to these subjects in order to build up the 18 sector Plans that will make up the entire LNDP. 

b.- The enhancement of the Plans

1.- At the end of our studies, their findings should be published and the readers should be called upon to present their feedback and their recommendations.

2.- A special should be brought to seek the opinions of experts in their respective fields: the faculty teachers and the faculty graduates in economy, finance and public administration, the agricultural, industrial, and building engineers, the doctors, lawyers, and accountants, as well as IT specialists, as well as the members of Trade and Workers Associations to name but a few.All the citizens should be invited to PARTICIPATE in building and developing the LNDP

c.- The adoption of the Plan

After the Plan is completed it should be presented to the Parliamentary Commissions for study and consideration before it is transferred to the Council of Ministers for examination, discussion, and eventual adoption.

d.- The implementation of the Plan and its monitoring

This is the most crucial in the entire planning process. During the past 20 years, no less than fifteen different sector plans were studied and proposed by Ministers, but NONE of them was successfully implemented, and most of them lie gathering dust in the government's archives. This is all due to lack of follow-up and monitoring.

Project overall objectives

1. Focusing attention upon achieving defined objectives.
The in-depth study that will be required to develop the National Plan will allow us to  identify precisely what is going wrong in our country and how it should be rectified. It will make it possible to single out and ascertain the objectives that ought to be achieved over a definite period of time, at some specified cost.
2.        Fighting corruption The study will also expose the extent of the corruption that mines the Administration and its harmful consequences. It will reveal ways and means to fight and eradicate this  corruption.
3.        Gaining hope for a better Lebanon The National Plan, once it is formally adopted and enters its implementation phase, will  boost the morale of the population and the Civil Administration alike.
boost the morale of the population and the Civil Administration alike.
4.        Improving governance Good planning will allow the Authorities to anticipate and prevent crises rather than  rushing to solve them after they occur.
5.        Providing a platform for the 2014 parliamentary elections Probably the most valid “raison d’etre” for the National Plan is that it will provide the  voters in the June 2013 forthcoming parliamentary elections, with an action plan and a  yardstick to gauge the value of the claims and the promises of the different candidates.

Project activities

1.- We have already published the introduction to the LNDP on our blog on Google, besides our two web sites which can be accessed at http://www.cpi-lebanon.org and http://www.ma-study.net/

Project hosted by: Learning to CARE Institute
Started on: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, End date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Project description

#000000; font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif;">ENGAGING VOLUNTEERS

#000000; font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif;">See information about training programs on all aspects of volunteerism offered by the Learning to CARE Institute in Lebanon, and an interest form you can use to register which training programs and initiatives you are interested in at www.learningtocare.com/training-programs.

Project overall objectives

Provide capacity of organizations and institutions to recruit and manage volunteers more effectively and have volunteers who are capable, available, reliable, and engaged.

Project activities

Complete the interest form to register which training programs and initiatives you are interested in (www.learningtocare.com/interestform). Training in Arabic and English

Project hosted by: Fair Trade Lebanon
Started on: Friday, April 1, 2011, End date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Started on: Friday, November 15, 2013, End date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Project description

Syrian refugee crisis: Lebanon is currently facing one of the worst refugee crises in its history. As the violence has increased, so have the flows of refugees into Lebanon. As of September 2013, UNHCR notes that upwards of 726,000 Syrian refugees having been registered or in contact. The real number is likely to exceed more than 1.2 million (Government of Lebanon estimate). With more than one in four persons on the Lebanese territory now a Syrian refugee, the country's resiliency is strained to the limit.  

Palestinian refugees from Syria: As of mid-August, the Lebanese Government has tightened entry requirements for Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS), resulting in a dramatic decrease in the numbers of PRS entering Lebanon. It has also contributed to a large decrease in UNRWA's latest PRS estimates in Lebanon. Many PRS were travelling back and forth between Syria and Lebanon, but many now find themselves unable to re-enter Lebanon. Thus, in early September, UNRWA announced that its latest headcount of PRS in Lebanon was revised downwards to approximately 45,000 (from a peak estimate of 93,000). This project's targets are based on these revised population statistics.

UNRWA in Lebanon is in an under-funded position to single-handedly manage a large inflow of Palestinian refugees from Syria.  The existing structures—schools, health clinics, and social services—provided by UNRWA were already over-crowded and over-whelmed and cannot accommodate a large inflow of PRS. There were approximately 400,000 Palestinians prior to the crisis, so UNRWA now charged with serving an additional 10% of the population on much the same resources as it had previously.  However, despite these additional needs, the UNRWA appeal for 2013 is only about 70% funded.  As such, UNRWA relies upon partners like ANERA to fill in the gaps and/or complement its services with holistic approaches. For this project in particular, UNRWA requested ANERA to focus on the refugee camps in the Saïda region, and especially on Ain el Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, as it is hosting a large number of PRS families.

Palestinians from Syria arrive in Lebanon with particularly acute needs—even worse than those of other Syrian refugees.  Firstly, Palestinian refugees in Syria have not been working over the past two years as the Syrian economy crashed following the start of the war.  Palestinians usually filled day-laborer and unskilled positions in Syria, most of which dried up during the economic crisis that began with the violence and sanctions against the country.  Secondly, Palestinians with any savings at all lost their value when those savings were brought to Lebanon.  A combination of a poor exchange rate between Syrian pounds and Lebanese pounds (which are pegged to the US dollar) as well as prices in Lebanon which are at least triple those in Syria meant that savings evaporated almost on arrival in Lebanon. Thirdly, as the conflict continues in Syria, this prolonged displacement is creating additional needs. Refugees who got assistance when they arrived in Lebanon remain in need of further humanitarian aid because they have not able to find jobs since arriving in Lebanon. In fact, there are significant amounts of PRS who are returning to Syria, preferring to survive in a war zone because the economic conditions are nearly impossible for survival in Lebanon. 

Thus, Palestinians are in need of critical aid almost from the moment of arriving in Lebanon.  Unlike other Syrian refugees, the response for their humanitarian aid needs is particularly inadequate.  Their host families were already well below the poverty line, and the burden of additional persons in their households requires families to make extreme sacrifices.  On top of this situation, there are signs of tensions among Palestinians in Lebanon, host communities and the Palestinians from Syria.  As aid for Palestinians in Lebanon has been decreasing, they see that aid is now increasing for the Syrian refugee crisis.  Tensions are increasing between the two groups on a community and political level.  At the household level, host families—already living in poverty and in cramped conditions—are experienced severe stress and strain to add more persons to their homes and to their financial needs. 

Project overall objectives

Overall Objective: To ensure that 2,300 Palestinian refugee families in the Saida area who are affected by the crisis in Syria (eq to approximately 7,600 individuals) and about 450 host families are better equipped for the winter season in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
Outcome 1. 2,300 Palestinian refugee families from Syria and 450 host families are better prepared to cope with winter conditions
Outcome 2: 2,300 PRS families and 450 Palestinian host families maintain acceptable personal and home hygiene conditions
Outcome 3: 2,300 Palestinian refugee women from Syria are supported with gender-sensitive winter apparel
Outcome 4: 900 Palestinian refugee children from Syria between under 5 years of age
Outcome 5: 2,300 Palestinian refugee families from Syria have improved knowledge on hygiene and specific winter illnesses, delivered in a gender-sensitive manner