a. Cultural Relief Convoys
This program aims to integrate cultural activities into the lives of refugee and marginalized communities, primarily those resident in Lebanon and Jordan, with some engagement with other Arab countries with large displaced or marginalized communities.
b . C ommunity Cultural Centers
Action for Hope has launched two community cultural centers in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, situated in close proximity to several informal refugee camps:
Ghazzeh Cultural Center: Founded in December 2016, this popular centre consists of a public library in arts and literature and a multipurpose hall with a regular cultural program of film screenings and small-scale performances. The center is the location of Action For Hope’s film training school and hosts regular film screenings and discussions, in collaboration with other organizations. It also hosts events organized by partners, . in 2017 this included film screenings as part of the Karama human rights film festival, in partnership with Oxfam. Also, Nadi Lekol Nas screened three films, then presented their work to the video school students.
Ghazzeh Cultural Center
This center is situated within 100 meters of a very large refugee camp. It offers a public library in arts and literature, a multipurpose hall with a regular cultural program of film screening and small-scale performances. It also houses the video school that we started in March 2017 for a regular 9-months study of film-making.
Bar Elias Arts Training Center
This center houses the music school and the theater training program. It’s a one-story little villa situated very close to a number of small refugee camps. A semi-covered mobile theater will be mounted in the empty plot in front of the center, but it might take up to spring 2018 for the theater to be fully operative.
Fa’ael is a program of work which aims to build the capacity of cultural managers and activists working in difficult conditions and targeting communities in crisis, with a focus on the Arab region.This program has two main components: a training workshop for cultural managers working in communities in crisis across the Arab region, and an in- depth mentorship program for 3-5 of these projects , with additional in-kind support and technical assistance.