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Emergency Relief Plan

   Immediately after the war stopped, and as the displaced started moving back to their cities and villages, the Kamel Jaber Cultural and Social Center geared up all its human and logistical resources towards helping in the emergency efforts to provide aid to returning families, in co-operation with a number of international organizations working in the aid field.

   The beginning was an initiative from the center to distribute bread bags to the residents of the city of Nabatieh on the first two days of their return, since bakeries were not operating yet. The second initiative was made with the UAE red crescent through the UAE embassy in Lebanon, and more than 80 tons of food supplies were made into food parcels and disributed by the Jaber Center to all needy residents in the city of Nabatieh. This operation moved into a much bigger scale in co-operation with Mercy Corps. Thousands of food boxes and hygiene boxes were distributed by Jaber Center staff not only in the City of Nabatieh but also in more than fourty villages in Caza of Nabatieh in co-operation with municipalities and NGOs in those vollages. We made sure that no supplies go to warehouses, they were all given by our staff directly to the families in need, making sure that all aid is available immediatly and directly to the beneficiaries.

   During the period of the war and short period that followed, the center provided advice to mothers with infants and provided them with baby milk and diapers. There was a lot of demand, and hense the Jaber Center has decided to expand it, and in co-operation with ANERA has extended the period of the program and opened four additional outlets in the four villages in the Caza of Nabatieh.

   For the past 8 years, the Jaber Center has specialized in dealing with childrens programs. During the war some activities were carried for children in their refugee centers in schools in Beirut. After the war the center has again started to deal with returning children trying to make them feel that normal life is back. One of the projects it has started backed by UNICEF is the establishment of summer camps, that include entertaining activities, in eight centers in the caza of Nabatieh, and two centers in greater Beirut.

   Plans are being prepared for the coming weeks. they include helping children to go back to school, specially those who attend public schools. Also opening new centers for computer training, and use of the internet not only in Nabatieh, but also in other cities, plus all the usual programs that the center has been providing for the past eight years.

 

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