Bukra Ahla, meaning "Tomorrow will be better"
Right outside of the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon sits a small apartment complex that includes a pharmacy, phone store and small fruit market. Further inside, you’ll see children running around as well as families and other locals going about their day. In the morning many of the children go through an old door, up a colourful staircase to the Bukra Ahla centre for class.
This education and empowerment centre has the goal of widening access to formal education as well as empowering the women in the community. Our students are 4 to 14 years old, Syria and Palestinian children and youth, and a large range of ages of women who participate in our life skills and English classes, and cash-for-work programme, in which they create the products in our shop.