Astarte in Lebanon

Grant Recipient:

Association Najdeh has worked with Palestinian women and children refugees in Lebanon since 1978. Association Najdeh created programs including health assistance, vocational training, kindergartens, income-generation projects, literacy classes and educational scholarships.

Setting Snapshot:

There are nearly half a million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Many of these people left Palestine after 1948. Recent conflict in the region has caused additional displacement.


Funded for 1 year by an Astarte small grant, Najdeh addressed the needs of refugee women by designing a reproductive health educational program. The workshops were designed to provide 2,500 women not only information on critical reproductive health topics, but also a forum for participants to make recommendations for addressing their needs.

After the Grant:

Leveraging the Astarte small grant, Najdeh received new funding from the Women's Refugee Commission to continue the workshops and increase the program's focus on violence.

Health worker servicing Palestinian woman and family.
© Elizabeth Brooks/JSI
Health worker serving Palestinian woman and family.

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