CRCs are the first and most well-known activity of Action for Hope, and they mark the start of our work in a certain community. By the end of 2017, we had conducted 8 CRCs, and have thus developed our work methodologies and tools for organizing the convoys to achieve impact on targeted communities and prepare for follow up activities. The main activity in all convoys is arts training, but we also respond to the other needs of the community such as medical services and sometimes food. Each convoy is preceded by a short introductory workshop for participating volunteers, and is followed by an assessment of activities and future plans.
It became clear in early 2016 that to sustain the services we provide to our targeted communities in Lebanon, we need to centralize most of these services in centers that we manage. Conducting activities in short-term rented venues has limited our impact on the community and has occasionally hindered the implementation of activities. In addition, there are no cultural centers in the areas where many Syrian refugees live in Bekaa. In late 2016 and early 2017 we opened two cultural centers
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 training workshop on design and management of cultural projects at difficult time. It aims to train cultural actors who live and work in communities going through difficult circumstances due to war, displacement, extreme poverty and social exclusion by providing them with administrative and planning tools that enable them to design and manage influential cultural projects that meet the needs of their communities.