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ARM & MCC's Quarterly Newsletter
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Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to since the last newsletter. Please enjoy and share!
ARM Opens a New Migrant Community Center in Saida!
Our new Migrant Community Center opened its doors in Saida on February 28, 2016, with a fun and crowded launch party (pictures below)MCC Saida is located in the Zaatari building on Sitt al-Nafise street near the Saida Girls’ High School, in the Dekerman neighbourhood. There are already 126 registered members (but it is open to members and non-members alike).

So far we have been focusing mostly on developing the education programme. Volunteers and staff are offering free classes to migrant workers in the area, in English, Arabic, computer literacy and ICDL preparation, drama, and art, every day of the week except Monday. Open to all migrant workers free of charge! Please contact MCC Saida to know more.


Here are a few highlights of the activities that have been taking place in MCC Saida, starting with the launch party:

 

Pics from the MCC Saida launch party

Language and computer classes
Art class and theater workshop
An Iftar and the Sunday members' meeting
MCC Saida's first Sports Day!

A field trip to the beautiful organic farm "Basatin Baanoub", one of the last remaining unspoiled nature reserves in Lebanon, and a picnic at the nearby river

MCC Saida Opening Hours
 
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3:30 - 8:00
Wednesday: 4:00 - 8:00
Thursday: 4:00 - 8:00
Friday: 2:00 - 8:00
Saturday: 4:00 - 8:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 8:00


You can like the MCC Saida Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming activities and events.
Updates from the Migrant Community Center in Beirut 
It’s as busy as ever at MCC Beirut, with more classes, training sessions, events, and members than ever before! As part of our capacity-building for self-advocacy programme, we are offering free public speaking and poster design workshops (in addition to ongoing language and computer classes), targeting migrant domestic workers. Most workshops are taught by volunteers, so if you know anyone willing to share their advocacy-related skills (campaigning, communication, etc.), please let them know we’re always looking for new people! Like the MCC Beirut Facebook page to know more about all our activities and events. Here are a few highlights:
Some poster design students at the level 1 graduation
Legal information session with lawyer Hasna Abdul Reda from CLDH - Lebanese Center for Human Rights, where we discussed how the various types of abuse migrant workers face in Lebanon are being handled
MCC members and friends celebrating International Domestic Workers Day #June16 #RatifyConvention189
MCC Members' Sunday meeting (left); English class students bid farewell to Samhita and Sumayya, two of their most committed teachers (right)
MCC goes to the beach!
Music lessons & Yoga class
Children's summer activities & visiting the Palestinian Museum
Migrant Communities Continue to Showcase their Delicious Cuisines
Starting last October, we have been organizing lunch events at t-marbouta, featuring chefs from different migrant communities. The events have so far been very successful at introducing people to the huge variety of cuisines of the communities living in Lebanon. Check out some of the lunches from EthiopiaWest AfricaNepal, Sri Lanka, and India.
Migrant Workers' Newsletter
Some migrant workers at MCC Beirut have decided to start a migrant workers’ newsletter! It will be a new platform for migrant workers to discuss and share their struggles and stories from their daily lives in Lebanon. It will be published online and offline on a regular basis in several different languages, in order to reach many migrant communities, as well as the Lebanese community. 
We at MCC have been facilitating this process, but it definitely requires a larger team (to help with editing, translation, design, creative writing, outreach and technical support). So shout out if you know anyone who wants to be involved!
Workers' Day Parade & Festival 2016
In case you missed it, here are some pictures of the 7th annual Workers’ Day Parade and Festival. It was the result of efforts made by a large group of migrant workers and migrant community leaders, several NGOs, and of course lots of helpful volunteers. An alliance for migrant domestic workers’ rights met at MCC Beirut to prepare for the events, draft slogans to chant, make banners, and write a list of demands.
MCC Beirut Opening Hours
 
 
MCC Beirut summer hours:
Everyday 8:30am to 8pm
(will revert to usual opening hours - afternoons on weekdays and all day on weekends - in October)


There are many regular classes/trainings/workshops at the moment, including: English, Arabic, French, computer, public speaking, poster design, health, yoga, guitar, German, drawing, and kids’ activities. They are open to all migrant workers free of charge. Contact us to know more!

You can like the MCC Beirut Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming activities and events.
Coming Soon...
MCC Classes in Hamra will start again in September! They will include language classes, as well as some activities. Classes will be offered every Sunday and are open to all migrant workers free of charge. Community meetings will take place before classes, for people to share information and updates, make plans, and assist on cases. Check our page for more info.
Jounieh, here we come! We're excited to announce that we are opening our third MCC around the Jounieh area. We are still looking for the ideal location between Jounieh and Kaslik, but plan to open in the next month. If you'd like to help us out, you could donate a used or new item to the space. Here is our current wishlist. (pic from Bayinn Hotel)
Support MCC!
 
MCC's existence would not be possible without all our volunteers' efforts and your generous donations - thank you!! 
To support us, you can donate items to the centers, or 
donate online by following this link: https://www.ammado.com/nonprofit/mcc

You could also lend a helping hand by volunteering or interning with us. We are always looking for new people to join our team. Right now we really need people to help us with:
  • computer classes
  • language classes
  • public speaking training
  • social media training
  • photography class
  • dancing, singing, music, art, zumba, etc. classes
  • videography
  • legal advice and assistance
  • IT support
  • Or any other skills you’d like to share!
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