Programs in Favor of Palestinian Children

Palestinian Program

 

Women Development and Micro-Scheme

A mother proudly shows her child in the Burj El-Shemali refugee camp, in the Municipality of Sidon, South Lebanon.
© UNICEF Lebanon/2009/Lombardi
A mother proudly shows her child in the Burj El-Shemali refugee camp, in the Municipality of Sidon, South Lebanon.

Our objective: developing self-employment opportunities 

Initiated in 1997, this program supports the self-employment  of especially female-headed households in Palestinian refugee camps.

In Lebanon, the legal constraints on employment and owning property make it hard for Palestinian refugees to access credit and receive mortgage loans. UNICEF's Revolving Loan scheme  provides start-up capital for income-generating projects and promote economic and self-reliance among Palestinian refugees.

The Revolving Loans Project benefits more than 500 Palestinian families yearly start-up capital loans. To provide additional income-generation opportunities in vulnerable economic situations, the micro-credit scheme was expanded in 2011, benefiting  35 Youth and Special Hardship Cases Families.


What do we do?

  • Training on project management for 96 people;

  • Expanding micro-credit scheme with focus on youth and special hardship cases;   

  • Developing and enhancing capacity building of microcredit committee members and youth entrepreneurship;

  • Supporting  literacy courses & community services centers targeting out-of-school and working children in  close cooperation with UNRWA & ILO;

  • Increasing the prospects for marginalized adolescents and youth enrollment in quality vocational training and employment schemes;

  • Reducing illiteracy rates among out-of-school children, and illiterate working children & non-ID Palestinian children.

 

 
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