The “New Generation School”- Hasbaya:
school (licensed by decree 2953) founded in 1983, enrolls
between 200 to 300 students with symbolic tuition. It
follows the Lebanese official program and teaches 3
The “New Generation School” in Hasbaya was founded in
1983 to cater for the educational need in the region.
Around 300 students were unable to enter any school
because the two schools available at that time had no
capacity. Moreover, the region was under Israeli siege
and the moving to and from neighboring villages was
costly and unsafe. We hired the building of the “Waqf”
and we’ve been there for 21 years. We hope to overcome
the financial hardships to build a private school premises
in the future, with the requirements for proper learning
school was refurbished and equipped in July 2003 by
a grant offered by USAID.
One of the items purchased by the Grant were 6 computers
to which we added another four, which enabled us to
initiate at the school premises a program “Children
Computer Literacy”. Its purpose is to introduce the
notion of computer work to the children of the area
at a young age.
Construction of a new Premises
new premises, is under construction on a piece of
land that was bought with a generous donation from
H.H Sheikh Nahyan Moubarak Al Nahyan.
The new premises will include:
- Kindergarten, Primary & Intermediate
- The Hasbaya Women Infirmary
- Nursing school.
The Nursing School will be a one year program open
to students who reached the intermediate fourth class
& they graduate as an Assistant Nurse.
future plan is to develop the Nursing School to a
3 years program thus graduating specialized nurses.
This program is a necessary opportunity to those
who cannot or do not want to continue their studies.
It enables them to get a profession & find a job.
“Society of Lebanese Artisanal Cooperative 526/1”
that reigned over rural remote areas urged us to search
for a way to help people to sustain themselves specially
women who depended on male members of the family.
So we established the “Society of Lebanese Artisanal
Co-operative 526/1” in 1993, which served a wide strata
of needy women most of whom became self-sufficient
in spite of the fact that they didn’t have the chance
to be educated and had no opportunities to work. So
we planned our fund-raising activities on the basis
of Artisanal and handicrafts production and marketing.
We organized exhibitions locally and internationally.
This policy had a double benefit of ensuring continuity
for the artisan and revenue for the “Society” which
enabled us to meet our responsibilities.
The tasks were:
artisans from all the regions of Lebanon.
the production of artisans
and orienting artisans
in Artisanal and handicrafts domain
exhibitions to show and market the production
578 women were trained in and graduated from the
Lately new training sessions were added to the existing
ones in the handicrafts domain opening new horizons
& availing new jobs.
1- Nol Beading
2- Accessories craftwork
The “Committee of Sofar
in 1994 to promote the Society’s social role in remote
areas where social, cultural and economic activities
are needed. We organized many successful activities
all through summer seasons, thus promoting tourism in
We organized many events like:
costume shows (Abayas)
events gave the region vitality and were economically
beneficial and socially successful. One of the basic
aims was to train young people to work together and
accept each other even when their ideas conflict.
This target left a remarkable impact even though in
a limited area and on a limited level. Group work
versus individuality, which is one of the defaults
of our society, will always be our concern.
The “Technical School
school is sponsored and run by the Society.
- Languages: English
for males and females, 2 classes with 15-20 students
each (2 sessions/week; 2 hrs/session) for beginners.
Classes for adults willing to learn and/or improve
their English language were and still are open twice
a week. The US Embassy in Beirut provided the free
of charge material, books and video/cassettes and
the classes are also for free.
Earlier we arranged annually free special sessions
for students sitting for official exams in remote
areas like Sofar and Sharoun, which are considered
central to the neighboring villages.
- Tailoring: courses
organized once every six months with maximum 22
students (2 sessions/week; 2 hrs/session).
Embroidery: courses organized once every
six months with maximum 18 students (2 sessions/week;
2 hrs/session). We depend on catalogues and CDs
for new modern designs.
- Painting on silk:
Maximum six students organized upon request.
- Machine Embroidery:
two classes with 2 students each (2 sessions/week;
4 hrs/session. For this activity, last year we had
32 apprentices 8 of which continue till April 2004.
training in the handicrafts domain is still taking
place with concentration on machine embroidery;
to respond to market demand & trainees willingness.
Every year 70-80 women are graduating in different
technical skills. Two new Technical trainings
are added since last year:
- Make-up sessions
- Hair Dressing sessions
graduates are finding jobs easily & sometimes
are working on their own. Most of the time, those
who excel from among them become employees at
the Society atelier. Their production competes
with the most refined international Handicrafts
production & the success of our exhibitions
all over the world is the evidence.
In 2007 the Society received a generous donation
from H.H Sheikha Jawaher wife of H.H Sheikh Sultan
Qassimi governor of Sharja Principality.
donation enabled the Society to buy a piece of
land in Aley to build a “Center for Women
Vocational Training” embracing the Technical
School, a hall for a permanent Exhibition
& a Pavillion for events. The donation realized
our dreams in locating our Society in descent
We will soon publicize the plan on this site.
The “Lebanese Woman Leadership
LWLC represents the Great Lakes Consortium for
International Training and Development sponsored by
the “US State Department Bureau of Educational And Cultural
Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges”.
The President of the Society Princess Hayat Arslan participated
in March 2001 in an exchange program “Lebanese Women
in Political Leadership”. The aim of the program of
2001 as stated by the organizers is “to enhance the
capacity of program participants to play an extended
role in rebuilding Lebanon”. It gives the participants
the chance to learn about the American political process,
opportunities for women in government, mobilizing resources,
running for office, public-private partnership etc”.
After extensive discussions to make the most possible
benefit from the program we established the LWLC
to be partners with the GLC working for the benefit
of both societies.
necessity of the Lebanese women to be incorporated
in public service.
learning and benefiting from others’ experience.
Promotion of practical workings of institutions.
Participation in decision-making.
Democracy and Law on the national and the international
We believe that they are the principle requirements
to organize the world, spare humanity the atrocities
of wars and make the World a better one.
Women Leadership is the question. Can a Lebanese woman
be a leader?! Historically the answer is yes and currently
she has to be given the opportunity and this is what
the LWLC will be working for.
The status of women in Lebanon still needs a lot of
work on the level of rules and regulations as well
as on the public opinion specially the awareness of
women themselves of their rights.
program “Strengthening Non-Governmental Organizations
in Lebanon” is the common current event we (GLC
& LWLC) are coordinating. In May-June six
ladies representing six NGOs in the six regions
of Lebanon will have the chance of participating in
this program. They will extend their experience to
other local NGOs by training them & organizing
pertaining workshops. Each participant will be responsible
for the region she represents. An American follow-up
committee will visit Lebanon few months after the
end of the program.
In this context we organized a campaign advocating
women political quota funded by AMIDEAST in November
2004. The campaign consisted of:
- Petition signature for Constitution amendment
(Visit to 128 Deputies)
- Awareness Campaign (Billboards plastering
- Media (TV , Radio stations)
- Popular Campaign ( Flyers distribution in the
streets, Malls & public places)
- Activity Documenting (Book publishing المرأة
application we submitted to AMIDEAST expressed our
belief in women role & complimented our activity
in this field. Here we find it useful to mention its
Believing in equality & equal chances& in
an era where intellect, capacity, education &
knowledge are the criteria, there is no justification
for discrimination against women. In Lebanon, in particular,
women gained credibility due to their ability to achieve
high standards in education, business & administration.
Those facts enhanced women status in all fields of
social & economical life but not the political
Political involvement of women is a national duty
& human rights at the same time & the way
to facilitate this role is the adoption of the quota
system as a transitional period. This is also a call
for public responsibility balance, where men &
women share the duty. The cornerstone for a typical
society is giving the opportunity to every willing
capable person to participate in decision making through
The campaign added to earlier Women efforts resulted
in including Women political Quota in the new electoral
Law which unfortunately is not yet ratified because
of the political situation in Lebanon.
Infirmary for Women”
Women Infirmary in Hasbaya was established in 2002 to
satisfy an urgent need for medical care. The conservative
society in the region and the lack of women doctors
were basic in implementing the idea and thus the infirmary
was established and restricted to women and children.
Four women doctors visit all round the week (two days/week
The Infirmary provides tests for Eyesight, Osteoporoses
and Glands and provides as well Physical therapy and
The number of patients from 1/11/2001 till 10/12/2002
The number of patients from 11/12/2002 till 1/8/2003
The number of patients from 2/8/2003 till 15/1/2004
services were rendered to 293 patients.
The Doctors are working under contacts with the Society
with symbolic fees. The patients pay symbolic fares.
2006-2007, number of visiting patients 2142
Drs with symbolic fees:
Laure Malek Sabah Karam
Blindness Prevention Program
the “Society of Lebanon the Giver”, planned,
organized and implemented the Blindness Prevention Program
in coordination with IMPACT, a welfare association headed
by H.H Prince “Abdel Aziz Bin Ahmad Bin Abdel Aziz Al
It was a pilot project restricted to the Aley region
in the district of Mount Lebanon. The target was students
of public schools- a part of the needy strata where
poverty and ignorance could lead to any disability;
we believe the saddest is blindness.
The implementation began in November 1996 and was completed
in July 1997 throughout the following steps:
|| A tripartite
committee with daily coordination (Society, Impact
and the ophthalmologists).
instructing, sorting results, coming up with the
statistics, paying symbolic fees for the ophthalmologists
and buying the eyeglasses for the students.
|Around 10,000 students
in 52 schools were screened: The health instructor/s
at each school screened the students and noted
out those who should be transferred to the ophthalmologists.
The doctors examined 885 students and prescribed
eyeglasses for 574 students. The eyeglasses were
distributed at the Society’s Headquarters in the
presence of journalists.
Six months later, the Society sent letters to
the schools asking about the performance of the
students who were given eyeglasses. The answer
was that there was progress, they could follow
better the explanation on the board and evidently
read more easily.
Social Awareness program
Society implemented this program in Nov 2003 (From 14
till 25/11/2003). It took us eight months (beginning
10 February till 3 September) of discussions to prove
to the Amideast that our project was valid and approved
it to be funded by USAID.
Below is our latest proposal to Amideast and the report
after 24 shows
Theater Play (BALA WASTA)
Promote awareness of citizens’ rights and duties.
The clan affiliation is a harmful element in our society;
it affects the concept of patriotism. Citizenship comes
second to clan, religion and political inclinations;
instead of being a good citizen, the person becomes
a good subject to a political or religious leader.
The fact that the citizen needs “WASTA” in any affair
supports this situation. We need to eradicate “WASTA”
and replace it with the MERIT system. When we apply
and practice the concept of “the right person is in
the right place”, people will become more able to liberate
themselves from subduing to leaders; consequently the
administration becomes more effective and many problems
Lebanon is facing could be solved.
Rights are directly related to accountability
from the leader, politician, to the policeman. Duties
are directly related to transparency and the net result
should be good governance. After all, the three objectives
are tightly interrelated and cannot be isolated from
rights and duties. It is a chain maintained and
fortified by citizens and public awareness
then, we need to educate the public about their rights
and duties; we need to introduce to them concepts
of accountability and transparency. People need to
practice their rights and duties; they need to know
that they are citizens who have certain rights and
at the same time they have duties; one of the basic
rights is to get what they are entitled to without
any interference or wasta; one of their basic duties
is to respect laws and to watch on the officials who
are running public affairs and holding them accountable.
We will try to do that through the production of a
Awareness: Medical awareness is a yearly program
aimed at raising awareness in various topics:
The medical awareness meetings are always organized
with the collaboration of doctors, specialists, psychologists
The medical awareness campaigns are organized in collaboration
with the minister of health (lately Breast Cancer
Campaign Oct- Nov 2007), minister of Social affairs,
Embassies & Civil Societies.
Food supplies, medications , clothes , mattresses,
hygienic products, school bags donated by UAE Red
Crescent, Kuwait red Crescent were distributed to
over 50 villages.
The shows of the theatre play “Bala Wasta” began on
the 14th of November 2003, two shows a day. Students
of public and private schools as well as university
The audience found it interesting, direct, daring and
The play was deep and serious colored by the traditional
comic personality, Geha. The fall in the elections of
the “Zaim” who depended on mediating in favor of his
followers to stay in power; was most appreciated.
There was a response to the ideas we wanted to ring
a bell at the students’ minds like:
The silent strata should speak their minds; the change
will come if not today, tomorrow. No one should loose
one’s dignity to gain a favor and beg a leader to mediate
in quest for people’s rights’, the Constitution, rules
and regulations should keep everybody’s rights and not
the privileged only.
The future generation possesses the power of change
and the elections are the tools for the change in the
Some schools included questions in the tests about the
importance of the play in the future national life.
Some others will present it on the graduation Day
I am sorry to note that to my surprise I was blamed
to preach a change in the prevailing relation between
the leader and the people because many of the leading
families consider that this issue shouldn’t be changed.
Other friends were astonished that a member of a leading
family could preach for a change. This attitude emphasized
my conviction that this orientation should continue
to break the vicious circle that binds us to feudal
system and tribal relations. The importance is the survival
of the country without which neither leaders nor leading
families will survive.
“I am happy to convey
this message from Amideast commenting on the impact
of the play:
In an attempt to promote awareness for citizens'
rights and duties among youth, the Society of Lebanon
the Giver developed and produced a play entitled, Bala
Wasta, which focused on nepotism, wasta, misuse of authority
and official positions, and corruption. The play was
performed in November for approximately 8,000 students
by a dynamic team of actors with great success, which
was very well received by all who attended the performances.
AMIDEAST thanks the Society of Lebanon the Giver for
their exceptional efforts, creativity, and resourcefulness
for making this project a real success, one that we
hope will be continued to benefit all of Lebanon.”
Women Empowerment Program
Program is meant to encourage women to play an extended
role in Social & political life in Lebanon. Because;
one of the gaps, which should urgently be bridged, is
the deteriorated political status of Lebanese women.
To make up for this deterioration wide, rapid &
steady steps should be taken. Governmental & Non-Governmental
organizations are requested to give this subject enough
attention especially that municipal & parliamentary
elections will take place soon.
Essential steps are necessary to trigger the process,
which has long been the issue with different intensities
varying according to circumstances. Now the circumstances
are favorable & the subject is mature thus the efforts
will be fruitful. ”. Earlier we advocated the principles
and values of judging and evaluating people according
to capacity irrespective of gender. It didn’t work out,
and women were left in perpetual second-class citizenship.
This inherited mentality is at the basis of the social
history of the region and it continues to be the equation
and needs women concerted efforts to change it. Here
the need is to train the mentality on the fact that
men and women are equal when it comes to mental and
intellectual capacities and politics apply to those
capacities. On the governmental level the work should
be on amending rules by adding the quota system-for
a transitional period- because the constitution safeguards
women’s rights. Equality with men & full rights
cannot be complete without the political part.
means that women have the right to occupy governmental
posts in their country and to represent their country
abroad. The rights of women fall in the context of the
good of the society, which makes the whole society a
productive and cooperating entity. But unfortunately
we need to always remind men our partners in humanity
that we are there awake and aware of this social illness.
Moreover political involvement for both men and women
touches deeply on family relations. We still make politics
on individual basis, with three dimensions:
history, inheritance since Feudalism
relations, common interests and power
unfortunately money, the most powerful with the
The feudal lords are transformed now to money lords
and in between there were the warlords during the
war years. In the three classes women are absent.
No doubt that the customs and heritage of feudal families
give priority to male members of the family, they
are ready to accept female representation only if
males are not there or not ready yet, age wise. During
war years women’s role in military action was limited
to few individuals who participated, so no women were
rewarded by parliamentary or ministerial positions.
While in civil life their role was great in conserving
and backing the family and clan morally and economically.
The involvement in politics on individual basis, still
impose great efforts and personal interference in
matters like mediating, helping and serving. Moreover
a politician should be present in social events like
weddings, funerals etc… The alternative is Parties,
which is the basic foundation for political life and
which is still the sheer cover of personal political
leadership. This means that political involvement
implies receiving people at home and hospitality is
the measure of a successful politician. The traditional
term “open house”; and lately with less appreciation
from people, open office is the essential factor for
success. No matter at what time of the day or the
night a dedicated politician must be ready to serve.
This can be -and it should be -changed by strengthening
political parties and passing laws of obligatory candidacy
from within a party or organization. Equality in front
of the law will also eradicate mediating. When laws
and regulations give citizens their rights then the
politician will do his/her right job in legislating
and planning for the country and not to consume time
and energy for individuals. Moreover the system enhances
the status quo by distributing public positions as
shares on communal and regional basis. Instead it
should be based on qualifications and efforts and
accountability should be there for judgment. Clan
and tribe still dominate the political scene and they
usually prefer to choose men.
(It is a terrible contradiction between the wide step
of social progress and the prevailing political stagnation).
There are women who are potential political leaders
and they should be given the chance to show their
talents and to overcome social, political and psychological
pressures. They should be encouraged to get involved
in political life with a practical and moral push
to those who are still hesitant and have the potential.
We expect numerous women to be nominated for the next
elections and the new ministry.
work v/s individualism: we trained people
in villages to work in groups and to accept each
other. We showed them how effective is coordination
and co-operation to overcome individualism and
its negative impact on society.
This Program was at the basis of the establishment
of the Committee for women Political Empowerment 15/AD.
Its aims & objectives:
- Women Awareness of her rights
- Duty to participate in “National Decision Making”.
- Women & men have similar roles in building
the Society & the Nation
- The roles of men & women compliment &
meet to build a better society
The advocacy was enriched by three Conferences:
- UNESCO Palace- Beirut 26/6/2004 المرأة في الإستحقاق
- House of Lawyers 21/9/2004 التشريعات التي تسهل دخول
المرأة الحياة السياسية
- UNESCO Palace 21&22/5/2006