Fa’ael

Fa’ael is a program of Action for Hope that 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 project support program for 3-5 of these projects after each workshop.

The program was launched in summer 2017 and until today 3 regional workshops were held in Lebanon during summer 2017, 2018 and 2019. Another Fa’ael workshop is planned to take place in Lebanon in June/July 2021.

2 other workshops were held in Iraq and Sudan targeting their local communities in 2020 and 2021.

The workshops topics included: community definition, community needs assessment tools, community participation, cultural project design, cultural project planning and management, and impact and sustainability measurement.

Activities:

  • The first Fa’ael workshop took place from 25 till 30 September 2017 in Broumana, Lebanon and it was led by Basma ELHusseiny and Abdullah AlKafri as lead trainers and Seif Jlassi as assistant trainer. 24 Cultural Actors took part in this workshop from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
  • The second Fa’ael workshop took place from 24 till 30 September 2018 in Broumana, Lebanon and it was led by Basma ELHusseiny and Abdullah AlKafri as lead trainers and Seif Jlassi as assistant trainer. 21 Cultural Actors took part in this workshop from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Mauritania.
  • The Third Fa’ael workshop took place from 2 till 8 August 2019 in Broumana, Lebanon and it was led by Basma ELHusseiny and Abdullah AlKafri as lead trainers and Attiah AlHasadi as assistant trainer. 23 Cultural Actors took part in this workshop from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
  • Fa’ael Iraq was divided into 2 phases. The first phase took place in Maadaba, Amman from 6 to 10 March 2020 and 21 participants were selected to participate in the workshop from the following governates: Dyala, Salah El Din, Anbar, Kirkuk and Nineva. 15 candidates were selected by the trainers to attend the second phase of the workshop that was held in Erbil, Iraq between 17 and 23 November 2020.
  • Fa’ael Sudan was divided into 2 phases: 23 cultural managers and activists from all over Sudan took part in the first phase of the workshop from 5 to 9 March 2021 in Khartoum, Sudan. 19 candidates were nominated by the trainers to attend the second phase of the workshop that will be held in Sudan during May 2021.

Project Support:

For the first time the call for Fa’ael project support was open to Fa’ael 2017 participants. The call for applications was issued on 5 June 2018 with a deadline on 3 August 2018. We received 7 applications. 3 applicants were selected to benefit from the project support package:

  • Douzan Cultural Center, by Rami Magharbeh from Syria – Gaziantep – Turkey.
  • Training program on making musical instruments using recycled objects by Shadi Rabab from Luxor – Egypt.
  • Mashtal Zad theater training, by Mohamed Ali Hozayen from Cairo – Egypt.