Capacity Building for Women and Girls from Nahr el-Bared Camp
Approximately 27,000 Palestine refugees were displaced from Nahr el-Bared camp and its adjacent areas in mid-2007 as a result of the conflict between the Lebanese Army and the militant group Fatah Al Islam. From the outset, UNRWA has led the relief effort for displaced refugees, in close coordination with a wide range of local and international partners. The initial emergency response focused on provision of critical life saving assistance, including food, water/sanitation and basic healthcare and shelter. As the extent of the crisis became clear, interventions have been enhanced to meet the basic needs of families facing a long period of displacement. Temporary shelters and related infrastructure were upgraded and facilities and equipment at prefabricated schools and health centers improved. Livelihood activities have also been initiated, to support the social and economic recovery for displaced communities.
The trauma of the conflict, and the prospect of protracted displacement, is having a damaging effect on the NBC population, in particular on those identified as vulnerable groups including children and youth, women and elderly. Women in such circumstances, if provided with the appropriate support and if given access to resources, can maintain the unity of their families and play an active role in their reintegration in their community.
This project intends to identify the gender-based needs of NBC women and girls, displaced and returnees, and accordingly plan specific interventions to address the psycho-social problems; and to re-build their economic capacity through skill training and grant / loan provision.