In 1947, two years after the end of the Second World War, the United Nations decide to split Mandatory Palestine in two States, a Jewish one and an Arab one. In the portion under jewish control, the new residents almost systematically send away christian and muslim palestinians, 418 palestinian villages are destroyed and 760.000 Palestinians are forced to flee into exile.
In September 2014, OFCI visited a few refugee camps in Lebanon. We soon took notice of the state of hopelessness among the population, due to the lack of resources provided by the NGOs and by the international institutions. To top that, the extremist tendencies that often result from despair make it so that the camp periodically becomes a conflict field which sees new terrorist groups opposing the authority of the Palestinian security forces. In such a harsh environment, the refugees have to deal with the absence of educational structures, with a state of generalised violence and with unemployment. Given such a dramatic situation, OFCI, in collaboration with the palestinian association Nuwat Center For Social Solidarity based in Lebanon, started developing an experimental, socio-educational program which encompasses three facets. This experiment will be carried out until October 2017 in Ain Al Hilweh, the biggest refugee camp in Lebanon, located on the outskirts of the city of Saïda.
Among the three aspects of the project, the first has an educational nature: we aim to provide scholastic support five times per week for about 30 young people in subjects such as Arab, Maths and Sciences.
The second aspect targets younger children for whom we will organise leisure, recreational and psychological support activities.
The third aspect focuses on sport, with the objective of setting up a men’s and women’s rugby team.
Why organising just one crowdfunding campaign for three different objectives, you may ask.
We think they complete each other and concur to the realisation of the global project. It’s then necessary to finance all of them together at the same time.
Short term goals
◦ To educate the young refugees on the value of art as a mean of expressing oneself.
◦ To offer a much needed moral support to those children who have been worst psychologically affected.
Mid term goals
‣ To give the students the possibility of successing in their studies through a non formal and personalised didactic support.
‣ To boost young refugees’ self-confidence through rugby training.
Long term goals
⁍ To equip a great number of young refugees with new learning strategies, in order to emancipate them from traditional pedagogical methods.
⁍ To strenghten young refugees’ hope in the future by helping them in finding an employment or in setting up a business.
⁍ To let young refugees play in rugby national and international championships representing the Ain Al Hilweh camp.