Ain El Remmaneh Development Center
What We Do ?
The area of Ain El Remaneh (suburb of Beirut) is one of the most vulnerable in Lebanon. 5,000 Syrian refugees and 10,000 Lebanese live in this region. Amel operates it’s center in Ain El Remaneh since 2007, targeting Iraqi refugees and marginalized Lebanese and Palestinian host communities. A series of empowering projects are being implemented at this center since then related to the following sectors: protection, education, vocational training and food security.
The Center has been hosting non-formal education activities since 2016. 250 Syrian and Lebanese children, under a program supported by the French Embassy (Credits out of crisis), benefit 3 times a week of non-formal educational activities (tutoring in English, French and mathematics). Recreational and sports activities, psychological support and events with community members are also organized.
A vertical garden and a vegetable garden, as well as professional training in food production (cooking classes), are carried out within the center, with the financial support of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Food Aid. More than 200 people, refugees and Lebanese, benefit from this initiative. On a weekly basis, 70 hot meals, prepared during training sessions, and baskets of fruit and vegetables are distributed to vulnerable families living close to the center. It is also within this framework that screening for malnutrition among children is carried out.
The protection and vocational training activities which are being implemented since 2007 are supported by UNHCR. Initially, the center had only refugees (mostly Iraqis and Sudanese), then, when the Syrian crisis irrupted by 2012, the target populations were redefined to include Syrian refugees and host communities. A comprehensive program is offered by the center and includes various activities including professional training (manicure, pedicure, hairdressing, craft production, etc.), English and French courses, computer courses, Recreational sessions, a youth committee, a women's committee, outings, awareness sessions, psychological support, etc. Monthey, 500 individuals benefit from these activities. In addition, the center hosts the "Mann Hiya" cooperative initiative (which means, "Where does it come from?"). It is a group of women who produce handicrafts, sold in Lebanon and abroad through Amel’s MENNA Shop. The Mann Hiya project support hundreds of women by empowering them and enhance their livelihood skills, in order to invest their cultural background to create unique items and ideas.