Lebanon: Shatila camp of Palestinians refugees

In collaboration with NAJDEH Association:


There are approximately 450 000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. More than 50% of these refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNWRA), which provides with basic assistance. A relatively small minority has been integrated as Lebanese citizens and at the other end of the spectrum, more than 100 000 refugees are without status, having been refused authentication documents from UN or the Lebanese government. At the bottom of the pyramid are the Palestinians living in the refugee camps, where conditions are primitive and security very problematic.

They are presently 12 refugee camps in Lebanon, including four which have been heavily destroyed as a consequence of numerous wars. Shatila camp is one of the three large refugee camps in Beirut. It has presently 4000 people, distributed between 500 families.


To concentrate on the vocational training programme in order to:

  • Build long-term and sustainable self-sufficiency by the people, especially young palestinian women;
  • Equip participants with skills that help them secure jobs, become self-employed or, at least, reduce their family’s expenses towards clothing and other essential needs.


14 sessions have been given:

  • Sewing (2 sessions, 5 hours, 5 days a week for 6 months)
  • English: Intensive for beginners (3 sessions, 2 levels, one hour daily, 5 day a week for 4 months);
  • Typing and word processing: English and Arabic (3 sessions, 2 hours daily, 5 days a week for 4 months);
  • Hairdressing and Barber skills :(2 sessions, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week for 6 months);
  • School Strengthening Courses: (Maths & science, 1 session, 2 hours a day, five days a week for 9 months);
  • Literacy: one session, 2 classes, 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for a year;
  • Beneficiary Strengthening Course: (in Arabic, with addition of the technical drawing course, 2 sessions, one hour a day, 5 days a week for 6 months);
  • Workshops for graduate to help them to prepare to the labour market: (preparing a curriculum, preparing for job interview, etc.)

Number of people enrolled: 156 (145 remaining)

Duration: March to September 1994