Established in 1968
Programs were initially geared to Palestinians, at rented
quarters near Ain el Helwé refugee camp. These included
literacy, sewing, basic secretarial skills, home economics, and
first aid. The programs were administered in partnership with
the government office of Social Development, benefiting an average
of 500 annually.
Quarters were bought and equipped for accredited Vocational
Training in 1983, with financial support from the YWCA of Canada
and CIDA development programs. Secretarial training, accounting
and language instruction graduated close to 90 young women yearly,
equipped for well earning jobs.
Services included a day care, weekly nutritious meals
and medical check-ups for undernourished children; a knitting
and sewing workshop for women needing to support their families
and weekend youth clubs.
1985 the Center had its share of destruction and loss
from military clashes in the area and activities were interrupted.
© Lebanon YWCA 2002