Second Category Prize 2016:
For projects by National NGOs.
|Prize Subject:||Empowerment vulnerable Syrian refugees children in Lebanon. (Selected winner from 49 projects).|
|Prize Amount:||US$ 150,000|
|Implemented by:||Dar Al Amal http://dar-alamal.org/|
|Prize subject:||The NGOs-led efforts for the empowerment and social integration of refugees and internally displaced people.|
|Nominated By:||Diakonia – Sweden, Lebanon Country Office.|
The Project is an educational programme developed by the Lebanese NGO Dar Al Amal (DAA) to support both vulnerable Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese girls between the ages of 8 and 18. The project has helped to meet educational and other needs at the DAA centres, as well as providing a safe space upholding the children’s rights to leisure and protection against all types of violence. The project was implemented at DAA’s day centres in two needy suburbs of Beirut, Nabaa and Sabra, between 1 September 2014 and 30 April 2015. It had a budget of US$ 214,750.
DAA was established in 1969, with a mission to support vulnerable children at risk. Since 1987 it hs run specialized prevention centres targeted at children from poor and dislocated families. A multi-disciplinary team ensures individual support to the children and their families at all levels, including educational, recreational, vocational training, and awareness.
In recent years DAA has sought to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. Lebanon’s educational system is under pressure with over 480,000 school aged refugees, some 200,000 of whom lack access to education because of the lack of public school capacity. As regards the project location, Nabaa is an overpopulated area with around 150,000 persons densely packed together in an area around Beirut with insufficient infrastructure and accommodation. It also includes a dense population of Iraqi, Egyptian and recently Syrian families fleeing the Syrian conflict. Sabra and Shatila are two refugee camps in South-West Beirut, originally Palestinian but now also hosting a large number of refugees from other countries including Syria, often with no identity cards.
The project has had five principal objectives, namely: (a) to support the most marginalized and vulnerable children and their refugee parents in Sabra and Nabaa, in order to improve their living conditions (b) to ensure a secured space for children to express themselves and to consolidate their identity (c) to support children developing their skills and social abilities, giving them the means of empowerment, and protecting them against all kinds of exploitation and abuse (d) to prepare the children for later life, and (c) to develop parents’ skills and raise awareness of the families and community on children’s rights and other relevant topics. Main activities have been: remedial classes, literacy sessions, awareness sessions for children and mothers and the community, recreational activities, and follow-up psycho-social support for individuals and families,
Direct beneficiaries have been 100 girls aged 7-18 and their 25 mothers from Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese families in the Nabaa Centre; and 180 children both boys and girls aged 7-18 with their 60 mothers, both Syrian and Palestinian refugees and refugees without identity cards and their families in the Sabra Centre.