The Shatila refugee camp is located in Beirut, Lebanon. There, in overcrowded housing, are thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees, suffering from poverty, poor environmental health, poor infrastructure—especially the sewage network–and the lack of schools.
There is only one school located in the camp, which is insufficient to accommodate all children.
Therefore, our Bukra Ahla Center is located right outside the Shatila refugee camp in order to be easily accessible to our beneficiaries.
Attending our programs are children who have no other opportunities for education, and youth and women who are looking for a better future.
“Bukra Ahla,” which means “a better tomorrow,” is the first center we opened in Lebanon.
Supporting children between 4-14 years old with our non-formal education program, we instruct them in the Lebanese curriculum, including Arabic, English, mathematics and weekly science classes, as well as PSS activities and life skills.
These course increase children’s chances to be accepted into Lebanese public schools or ALP (Accelerated Learning Program).
In Bukra Ahla, the empowerment program serves youth ages 14-18 and women, and it focuses on both literacy and vocational training.
Arabic literacy and English courses help beneficiaries improve their language, and computer courses help them learn computer basics, internet use, Microsoft office, and software skills.
To support them economically, this program provides youth and women with courses in crochet, arts and accessories, in which they make products that we market and sell on the women’s behalves to support their incomes. 100% of the proceeds from products sold goes directly back to the women who made them.
Youth (age 14 to 18)