The Community Development Project :
Who am I ? I receive children and youth from the age of 5 till 18 years. I launch this Social Development Project jointly with the children and local society to implement them with the following: :
• Learning and teaching chances to integrate with the scholastic curriculum.
• Creating volunteering chances for the youth.
• Development of personal and social abilities for the targeted category.
• The creative skills of children and youth.
The project is administered by motivators working in collaboration with a group of volunteers of remarkable artistic and creative skills . Those volunteers are helped by a parents committee consisted of mothers and fathers all of whom share the responsibilities together.
The project attempts to respond to the needs of the targeted category via a collection of diverse activities that suit their abilities:
• Minimized social, environmental, health and developing projects
• Diverse games and athletics activities
• Computer and internet activities
• The project works on the development of the youth and parents abilities in the local society via a collection of training activities (edification , management , group building, projects, children rights, from child to child methodology … etc)
• Founding an outlet for the parents to perform various activities.
The project did not neglect the granting of roles and responsibilities to children and youth; there are children committees carrying out the missions and responsibilities among them such as the planning committee : from child to child- the artisana committee- the newspaper committee and such other ones.
The work within this project is divided into four parts :
• Working with children five years old to prepare them educationally, healthily, socially and psychically to enter the school.
• Working with children of 6 to 12 years of age
• Working with the youth of 13 to 18 years of age
• Working with parents and the milieu
This project extends in Saida, Sour and North Lebanon.
The Learning and Playing Project :
As the villagers gathered around Naba'a asking questions, a little five year old girl advanced and said : What about us Naba'a? What can we do together?
Naba'a laughed and said :
• We will learn and play together .
Another child peered and said : How ??
The Learning and Playing Project will provide a chance to the young children of zero to 5 years of age to practice diverse activities such as :
• Children of five years : we will play with them, teaching them and learn from them
• We will prepare them psychologically, educationally and socially to enter the school.
A mother asked : what about the younger children ?
I will work with the mothers through :
• Provide a location where they can meet and exchange their experiences.
• Enable the mothers to endow their children with the qualitative care through building and improving their abilities and presenting the artistic support to them.
• Support the indulgence into and joining of the handicapped children to the educational methodology of the project, the school and the local society .
• Draw attention to and support the children’s rights within the local society.
Naba'a addressed the gathering people saying :
We will not be satisfied with being mere partners in the project, rather we will move our work to the houses and the localities. Together we can achieve a lot of activities such as : toy making workshops, social, health and educational seminars, other training workshops for the mothers so they become able to work in nurseries.
Together we draw, express and listen to the stories, identify the shapes, numbers and letters; we go in tours and share in celebrating the occasions and get to know the environment surrounding us .
In Sour (Rashidieh and El-Bass)
The Project of Children Out –of – School
A ten year old child heard all the conversation between the children and villagers about the two projects of the social development and the learning and playing. This encouraged him to ask:
What about me, I who is always staying in the village square?
So, Naba'a approached him saying :” My dearest children, be not sad. My team seeks to reach all the categories including the children out-of-school and the working ones, and we work to :
• Provide a secure and appropriate place for them.
• Develop their social skills and their abilities to build their future.
• Networking with the associations working in the field of vocational orientation for helping those children.
• A program of illiteracy elimination for illiterate children
• Provision of a daily meal and clothes through donors
Take back to school those who can do so
• Help some of them to issue registry documents
• Sportive , cultural and recreational activities.
• Health follow up in collaboration with the relevant associations and local society
• Activities with parents to increase their abilities and skills and raise their awareness about the children’s rights by holding training workshops based upon their needs thus enabling them of participating in the activities performed with the children and in the social and progressive work.
• Raise awareness within the local society about the needs and abilities of those endangered children.
Where is the Location of this Project ?
THE SMALL GRANT SCHEME :
A youth saw the gathering of the villagers from far away and came hurrying and said :
What about us we the youth ?
Naba'a turned towards the voice arising from the crowd and continued her speech: “I will tell you about the Minor Donations Projects :
• The goal of this project is to increment the self-reliance by performing a social act through founding a vital nucleus of youth working on the completion of projects within their local societies. By doing this, the youth may reflect their skills and abilities and share with the children in the performance of the projects.
• Through their daily existence inside the local society, the workers in this program will get to know the problems of this society and consequently will share and network with the other associations to deal with such problems.
• Remember … remember … the decision - taking about the work by planning, executing and evaluating within the local society will be taken by the youth and children.
• Naba'a will work on the development of abilities and building of skills as well as enabling the youth to share the social life through offering many training workshops including : ( the project administration, budget, child’s rights, participation, volunteering , group building, writing investment projects, contact and communicate , marketing). Hereby , you may develop your skills and determine your attitude towards citizenship which is an element of social sharing.
• This project is yours you youth and children as I will support you as much as I can by giving you donations , the value of each ranges from 100 to 500 U.S.D. given to groups not to individuals or associations.
One project in Sour and another in El-Barid River
The Project of Building Abilities and Enablement
This project is launched to be the nuclus of development of :
• The abilities of workers and those targeted by Naba'a
• Enabling and building abilities of workers in local associations, the parents, the youth volunteers and the social
• support and build the abilities of the local social committees for the future administration of projects.
Then, the mayor came and said : All of this is good, but ….
Naba'a smiled and proceeded: concerning the workers for Naba'a, this will be the first level of building abilities and enablement; consequently, a training plan is put including the training to work with the youth.
The importance of volunteering :( active education , the child’s rights, democracy, the administration of projects ).
On the second level : the work will be with the parents and youth volunteers as well as the local society committees who will run the projects in the future, to put a study of their training needs such that Naba'a will work with partners to fulfill such needs within a studied plan.
The third level of training will be oriented towards the active organizations within the local society. This results in enabling the development and exchange of experiences with the organizations through the training programs that include : ( training nannies for nurseries, the child to child methodology , the group work dynamics, child’s rights, projects administration, leadership skills, folklore, home economics , artistic and creative skills, and basics of national culture ).
In all the Lebanese , Syrian and Egyptian regions .
“Developmental Action Without Borders” (Naba’a) was founded in Sep 2001 as a non-stereotyped, non-patterned alternative for change in the developmental social field. Its birth went through lots of ups and downs, for, after Save the Children Fund – UK reviewed its Palestinian program, many scenarios were possible. The possibilities ranged from complete closing of the program, handing projects to local community or local associations, to shrinking the projects. What came out after several consultations with different actors in the local community especially the children was a broader and more efficient alternative: It was to build a developmental model, characterized with political neutrality and non-patterned approach to development, giving children and the local community more opportunities to global education and to effective democratic societal participation.
What is Naba’a (Developmental Action Without Borders)?
Naba’a is a local Lebanese organization joining children and local communities in order to reach global education and more effective societal participation in Lebanon - from the children of the refugees and their community to the children of Lebanon and their community. Since its foundation, Naba’a has been working within global education that provides children, parents, and all civil society organizations with opportunities to participation through finding the right tools and means within the society, improving the skills of the children, and building their personality for better participation and more global protection. For that, Naba’a introduced societal educational samples within the context of the children based on the 4 axis of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC):
1. Right in Participation
2. Right in Protection
3. Right in Education
4. Right in Survival
Through its holistic vision built on a child centered approach, Naba’a facilitates active efficient learning within the society. Active learning is a lively approach with a strategy based on interaction, experience, and the participation of all. All actors are given the opportunity to participate in planning, building the objective and achieving it at the same time, in addition to learning form each other and finding solutions for daily problems. Learners’ awareness is increased through this operation – whether children or parents-, and knowledge of attitudes, behaviors, and skills is developed so that they make changes within their community. They learn to redefine their roles within society.
Based on this close link between the child and the community, Naba’a found the CRC as the framework reigning its relations with its partners, the developmental societal structures, the children, and the parents it works with. This entails the participation of individuals through providing them with opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding when needed, so that Naba’a intervention becomes efficient and fruitful.
Moreover, Naba’a works on achieving societal participation and governance through mobilizing local communities into taking their roles in building their societies. Naba’a hopes that the local communities own and govern all the activities and projects that Naba’a is working in for the moment with the children, the parents, and the different categories within the local community.
2-1 To develop skills and attitudes within the community so that individuals acquire autonomy
2-2 Every child has a voice to be heard
2-3 To support local community to create means to respect child and human rights in an efficient way
2-4 To participate with children in creating services to change their reality and to improve their capacities so they are fully active
2-5 To create opportunities to develop the child’s inherent capacities to learn academically, creatively, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, physically, socially, and etc…
2-6 To appreciate the fully understanding of the cultural identity of individuals and groups.
3) Target Groups
Naba’a’s work is based on the CRC, which makes children between 0 and 18 years the target groups it works with. Naba’a deals with issues that affect children’s lives, whether dropout, child labor, special needs, or children at risk of drop out. It also works with associations dealing directly with children, parents, and actors in the civil society, active social workers, educators, animators, the government, and with International NGOs.
Programs and activities will support and provide the target groups with tools and resources in addition to developing Naba'a’s work within the local community. This will result in the community’s ownership of skills and potentials to empower the community to deal with issues that affect children’s life and their rights.
Another output is the capacity of the local community and the children to make decisions and learn skill in planning, executing, evaluation, and finding the right solutions to the problems they face within the society.
Ownership and development of these skills and potentials represent one side of mobilizing the local community into reaching autonomy and self-governance of the programs and activities. Naba’a will provide the local community and the children with tools to allow them efficient governance to reach ownership of these activities and this through the developmental projects that are “learn and play”, “community builders”, and “skills development”