Civil society projects
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.

_____________

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

Project hosted by: Amel Association
Started on: Friday, July 5, 2013, End date: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Project description

يسر بيت عامل لحقوق الانسان أن يعلن عن بداية استقبال طلبات المشاركة ببرنامج التدريب على المناصرة عبر الفيديو للشباب 2013

بالشراكة مع بث حقوق، ينظم بيت عامل لحقوق الانسان برنامج التدريب على المناصرة عبر الفيديو للشباب بين آب وكانون الأول 2013.يتألف المشروع من مرحلتين، تمتد الأولى بين 19 آب و الأول من أيلول 2013 وتتضمن تدريبات حول مبادئ حقوق الانسان وحل النزاعات، اما المرحلة الثانية فتتضمن تدريب على المناصرة عبر الفيديو بين 16 و29 أيلول 2013، يليهما شهران من التدريب العملي من أجل انتاج الفيديوهات.

لتفاصيل المشروع باللغتين العربية والإنجلزيية يرجى زيارة الرابط التالي:

http://bit.ly/vaay_desc

يستهدف هذا البرنامج الشباب والشابات الذين تتروح أعمارهم بين 17 و 23 سنة من منطقتي عين الرمانة والشياح

لتقديم طلب الاشتراك:    http://bit.ly/vaay_app

آخر مهلة لتقديم الطلبات: 8 آب 2013

البرنامج سيعطى باللغة العربية، والمشاركة مجانية.

للمزيد من المعلومات، يمكنكم التواصل معنا على البريد الالكتروني التالي:  vaa.training@gmail.com

هذا المشروع مموّل من قبل UNAOC

Project overall objectives

بعد اكثر من عقدين على انتهاء الحرب الأهلية في لبنان، لا يزال الشباب في لبنان يفتقدون لأدوات تحسين حياتهم الاجتماعية، ولا سيما في المجتمعات المهمشة، وبالتالي لا بد من تمكين الشباب باستخدام أدوات جديدة في مجال حقوق الانسان وبناء السلام مما يساعدم على المشاركة في التنمية والتغيير الديمقراطي في لبنان. سعيًا لتحقيق هذه الأهداف، يعلن بيت عامل لحقوق الانسان عن اطلاق "مشروع المناصرة عبر الفيديو للشباب" الذي سيساعدهم على اكتساب أدوات لمناصرة قضايا حقوق الانسان وحل النزاعات في لبنان.

Project activities

حقوق الانسان وحل النزاعات في لبنان.
يتألف المشروع من مرحلتين، تمتد الأولى بين 19 آب و الأول من أيلول 2013 وتتضمن تدريبات حول معايير حقوق الانسان وحل النزاعات، اما المرحلة الثانية فتتضمن تدريب على المناصرة عبر الفيديو بين 16 و29 أيلول 2013، يليهما شهران من التدريب العملي من أجل انتاج الفيديوهات.

في المرحلة الأولى سيتم اختيار 70 شاب وشابة من منطقتي الشياح وعين الرمانة للمشاركة بالتدريب حول مبادئ حقوق الانسان وحل النزاعات30 شخصًا من المشتركين سيتم لاحقًا اختيارهم للمشاركة في المرحلة الثانية.

Started on: Friday, May 24, 2013, End date: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Project description

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011 and to date, more than a million Syrians have been internally displaced and more than one million fled to the neighboring countries. In Lebanon, the number of displaced has increased with the escalation of the conflict. By May 22, 2013 more than 395,000 displaced have been registered with the UNHCR, with more than 33% aged between 5 and 17 years old. More than 42% found refuge in the northern part of the country not counting the many awaiting registration in the north alone.

In addition and within this deteriorating situation, minority groups are under-served by the international response. Palestinian refugees from Syria are to be served by the United Nation Relief Works Agency (UNRWA). UNRWA in Lebanon is under-funded and ill-equipped to manage a large, rapid influx of Palestinian refugees from Syria. By early May 2013, more than 53,000 Palestinian, out of which 27% are between the age of 7 and 17 years, displaced from Syria have registered with UNRWA, with an approximate of 15% in and around the camps in the northern areas of Nahr El Bared, Beddawi and surroundings. The flow is increasing and hundreds continue to cross the eastern border of Lebanon on daily basis.

Several recent socio-economic studies have shown that social cohesion in the northern communities has been deeply affected by the Syrian crisis. Political and socio-economic historic frictions between Lebanese and Syrians and Lebanese and Palestinians have increased with tensions over space, resources and work.

Within its long time experience and presence in the Palestinian camps and its comprehensive program to support non-formal education through the integration of life skills and sports activities, ANERA has proposed to expand into a larger network to benefit more youth from the Lebanese and Syrian communities in the north.

Project overall objectives

Objective 1-Improve social integration of youth displaced from Syria with other Lebanese and Palestinian youth in and around Nahr El Bared, Akkar, Minieh, and Beddawi areas
Objective 2- Improve the services of sports clubs in promoting tolerance, communication, and peace building in their sports programs.
Objective 3- Improve access to shared sports activities for youth from the Syrian, Palestinian, and Lebanese communities that promote tolerance.

Project hosted by: FoodBlessed
Started on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, End date: Monday, December 2, 2013
Project description

 

Hunger Heroes unite is the title of foodblessed's virtual food drive, the first virtual food drive of its kind in lebanon and the middle east!

Every dollar counts and no contribution is considered too small!

For more info,kindly visit the following link:

 

Www.zoomaal.com/projects/foodblessed/914

Project overall objectives

"Feeding the hungry,one meal at a time."

Project activities

A virtual food drive