PACES is a sports program that works with girls between the ages of 8 and 14. The girls meet twice a week to play soccer and basketball, improving their physical health, enhancing their social lives, and providing them with a healthy outlet. It is a free program that works year round, from which 120 girls have already benefitted.
Since December 2013, the Women's Program Association (WPA) of Bourj al Barajneh has run an informal education program for Syrian and Palestinian youth. We named this program “Nour” because it means “light” in Arabic. This name represents our trust in the power of education, to bring light where there is darkness, and to foster hope for our children and our communities.
In the four years since its inception, the Nour Center has grown from providing services for 25 children, to supporting over 150 children between the ages of 4 and 20. These children and young adults receive daily care and education services, the majority of whom would otherwise have no access to educational support, services, or formal schooling.
The Nour Center's mission is to provide a safe space that promotes academic and social-emotional wellness for every student. Our teachers work hard to nurture our students’ intellectual development, but also to catalyze their growth as young men and women, broadening their opportunities beyond the classroom.
Our programs include:
- Daily Arabic, English and Math Lessons
- Children’s Rights and Human Rights Awareness Workshops
- Positive Parenting Courses
- Health and Hygiene Workshops
- Music Lessons and Soccer Camp at the American Community School of Beirut
- Trips around Beirut and Lebanon