Astarte in Lebanon
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.
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.