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ARM & MCC's Quarterly Newsletter
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Hello everybody! Hope you’re keeping warm this winter. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to since the last newsletter.
We are Opening a New Migrant Community Center in Saida!
Due to the success of our Migrant Community Center (MCC) in Beirut, we have decided to expand our efforts to reach those outside the capital. We are now opening a new MCC in Saida (near “Se7it el Nijmeh”, Sitt el Nafiseh area facing “thanawiyyet el banat”). The center will offer similar services as MCC Beirut (free classes, activities, events, capacity-building, access to resources and information). We are very excited about this new space, and will keep you posted on its opening date, which should be in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we could use your help getting settled in Saida! Let us know if you can help us find new volunteers, connect with activists, locate trustworthy service providers, or spread the word to the migrant workers there. We are also very happy to receive used items you would like to donate (items we need most include furniture, equipment, computers, books, stationery, games).
Migrant Communities 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 been very successful at introducing people to the huge variety of cuisines of the communities living in Lebanon. So far we have had lunches from EthiopiaWest AfricaNepal, Sri Lanka, and India, and are planning to have many more! Join us next time for a delicious meal (details will be posted on our pages). 
ARM Joins Newly-Established Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders
A regional coalition for women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Middle East and North Africa has been launched. Here is an excerpt from the launching statement: “Amidst the grim reality of our region, the regional coalition is adamant to bring hope to WHRDs in the MENA region, who are now not only facing gender based violence existing in their communities and families and that which exists in discriminatory laws, but are also facing more violence as a result of the political tension and increased tendencies in the various states across the MENA region to become militarized.” “We wish our website to become a hub for information about WHRDs in MENA region, where they can share information, resources, and opportunities made available for their protection and empowerment.”
To know more, visit their website, or follow them on twitter and facebook
Anti-Racism Sessions in Schools
We have been regularly visiting schools for over a year, but our sessions have recently become much more frequent, and migrant workers from MCC are getting involved too. In fact, they will soon be taking the lead in many of these discussions. In the past 2 months, we have conducted 10 sessions in Ahlieh School and the German School (in Beirut and Doha). The topics include racism, discrimination, bullying, human rights, and the struggles of migrant communities and domestic workers in Lebanon.
 
Help us connect with your school, whether you're a teacher, student, or even if you graduated years ago. We’re looking to organize sessions in the coming weeks with 8-10 year olds.
Recent Videos
Video on the Sudanese refugees’ ongoing protest at UNHCR, and the aggressive treatment by internal security forces - watch it here.

An MCC member’s personal message to Lebanese people – watch Fatma here.

Video about the gathering at Jafra Meeting Place in Bourj El Barajneh camp, which aimed to break barriers between people in the camp and the surrounding communities - watch it here.

In case you missed it, here is the latest video by Kafa (enough) Violence & Exploitation, about employers’ (lack of) knowledge about the rules of the work relationship with domestic workers, as well as their perceptions and practices. Check out their latest campaign as well, which includes this short clip.
Straight Outta Syria
“A World at School” is launching a new film, Straight Outta Syria, which follows three talented young brothers who arrived in Lebanon as refugees four years ago. The film explores their story, their talent for rap music, and how education is crucial for the talent of Syria's children, and with it, their futures - and ties into the campaigning to secure the funding necessary to get 1m Syrian refugee children into school this year across the region.
Invisible Women
Tamkeen Fields for Aid (Jordan), have just published a study called “Invisible Women: The Working and Living Conditions of Irregular Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan”, which sheds light on the working and living conditions of migrant domestic workers in general, and more specifically those who hold irregular status in Jordan. It can be found on their website
Updates from the Migrant Community Center

 
It’s been a busy few months at MCC, with classes and events almost every day, and great ones coming up! Here are a few highlights. You can like the MCC Facebook page to stay posted on future events!

As always, we planned a few outings, day-trips, and gatherings, which were greatly enjoyed by MCC members and non-members alike. Here are some pictures from our trips to Jeita Grotto & Harissa, our outings to Sursock & Sanayeh, our participation in the Beirut International Marathon, and other classes and events.
Our day-trips to a summer resort, and to Jeita & Harissa.
Discovering the beautiful Sursock Museum, and having a picnic in Sanayeh Garden.
Excited MCC runners getting ready for the Beirut International Marathon, and one of our frequent biking trips.
Pictures above from the MCC health class, computer class graduation, poster design (advocacy workshop), and yoga class!
A birthday party at MCC, children's art class, and the weekly community lunch.
MCC's end of year party, attended by over 250 migrant workers including lots of children! There was delicious food, good music, dancing, games, and even a special appearance by Mama Noel (female Santa Claus) who gave presents to all. A friend of ARM and MCC took the opportunity to gather some children and film a video, which you can watch here. A special thanks to the lovely people at Dammeh for hosting us.
Upcoming MCC Events

Health Day at MCC

We are hosting a migrant workers’ health day at MCC this Sunday February 7th, by LeMSIC (Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee) and SCOPH (Standing Committee on Public Health). The event will include health awareness booths, basic medical tests, and doctors' consultations. Please spread the word to migrant workers around you! Also, if you are a doctor and would like to donate a few hours of your time on one Sunday to provide free consultations at MCC, please get in touch. The event is free of charge to all migrant workers.

Snow Trip to Laklouk

     
On Sunday February 21st, MCC is organizing yet another snow trip for its members and volunteers. It will be a full-day trip, and will include lots of fun snow activities for all ages!
MCC Class Schedule - February 2016
 
Here is the updated MCC schedule (only regularly occurring classes are included – to know about others, please visit our facebook page).

Mondays and Tuesdays: 6PM to 8PM English Classes for beginners
Wednesdays: 5PM to 6PM French Class for intermediate level, Arabic class (launching soon)
Friday: 8AM to 8PM Children’s Daycare
Saturdays: Children's art and tutoring activities (2PM to 5PM), Computer Class level 1 (2PM to 3:30PM), Poster Design Workshop (4PM to 6PM)
Sundays:
9AM to 10AM: Drawing Class
10AM to 12PM: French Classes
12PM to 2PM: English Classes
2PM to 3PM: Break and Meeting
3PM to 4PM: Health Class
4PM to 5:30PM: Computer Classes Levels 1&3
 
All classes mentioned are free of charge for migrant workers (members and non-members), and taught by volunteers. 
Contact us or visit us to book your seat.

MCC opening hours: Monday to Thursday 4PM to 8PM, Friday 8AM to 8PM, Saturday & Sunday 9AM to 9PM.
Join us!

We're always looking for new volunteers to join MCC. Right now we are looking for:
  • public speaking trainers
  • research interns (more details here)
  • dancing teachers
If there are any other skills you’d like to share or teach, let us know.
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