This is our new periodic newsletter to keep you posted on our activities and progress! Please check out our website & facebook page to know more, or email us if you would like specific information.
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1 – Launch of our new Migrant Community Center!
On the 11th of September 2011, the Migrant Community Center (MCC) first opened its doors. Shortly after celebrating its second birthday, we moved to a more central & accessible location in Gemmayze.
MCC Gemmayze will officially launch THIS SUNDAY, the 3rd of November, and you are all invited to attend, along with any and all migrant workers you may know!
There will be new classes, activities, and services available. We are always looking for new volunteers to share their time and skills with small groups of migrant workers (giving a language class, tutoring children, arts & crafts, etc). If interested, contact us!
Or visit us anytime between 3pm and 8pm on weekdays, or 10am to 8pm on weekends.
Map to MCC Gemmayze:
2 – Recent Activities
In the past few months, we have focused mostly on the MCC. Here’s a recap of what’s been going on there:
We organized four day-trips for members of MCC and their friends and families!
We rented huge buses and headed off to different beautiful locations in Lebanon. So far, we have visited Laklouk, Byblos, Jeita Grotto, Dream Park, Douma, Balou3 Bal3a (Tannourine). They were a great success, and we will be planning the next one soon. We are always open to new ideas! Great pics on MCC’s page.
With the help of the lovely dentist Dr. Abdalla Kassem, we organized a dental health day for MCC members’ children. Dr. Kassem taught children about dental hygiene, and each child received a fluoride application and a small dental health kit to take home. Get a glimpse here!
In the past few months, many other activities have taken place, such as regular language classes, weekly community meetings, children’s activities, celebrations and parties, community leader meetings, legal workshops, community markets, etc. We are open to suggestions and collaborations so feel free to share your ideas!
Dental awareness campaign:
Outside MCC, here’s a recap of what has been going on at ARM:
Every few weeks, we invite an expert in the field to share their knowledge and experience with us in an informal setting. Open to all! Past info sessions speakers include: Kafa, ALEF, ILO, Dr. Charbel Nahhas, and Insan School.
In order to target a younger audience, we are currently working on new anti-racism projects targeting schools in Lebanon. More details soon!
Together with other NGOs working on migrant workers’ rights (Kafa, Insan, Caritas, and Amel, under the umbrella of DRC), we have formed a consortium in order to coordinate our efforts and work on joint activities and campaigns. Some highlights:
Information Sessions (ongoing):
- Workers’ Day Parade and Festival (April 2013)
- FiShiGhalat campaign against the sponsorship system (FB page)
- Upcoming: we are organizing to have a team of 90 migrant workers in the Beirut international marathon. If you spot them, take a pic and upload it to our page!
- Upcoming: Media Lab training for migrant workers, where they can learn to create and use videos and other media for activism and citizen journalism.
- Upcoming: The 3rd annual Workers’ Day Parade
3 – Ongoing Calls for Donation
It’s that time of year again, when we are cleaning out our closets to make room for the new season! It’s also the time of year when the less fortunate are most vulnerable. If you have clothes or other essential items you would like to donate, we are constantly collecting donations at Nasawiya or MCC, which (for now) all go to Syrian refugees (via Sawa for Syria) and the migrant women in Ebbe Prison, as well as needy migrant workers and their families in Beirut.
Items you could donate include: clothes in good condition, canned foods, long-life foods (rice, pasta, etc.), blankets, coats, towels, bags, sleeping bags, games, hygiene products, etc.
4 – In other news…
Rahel Zegeye, an Ethiopian activist in Beirut, is finally turning her play into a movie! She is collecting part of the funds through crowdsourcing. Encourage her by making a donation or spreading the word! Contact us for more details.
Africa Golden Jubilee: Africa United celebrates its 50 year anniversary in Beirut.
5 - Join ARM!
As you know by now, there is a lot going on at ARM. We're working on many interesting activities, campaigns, and projects, and we would love for more people to get involved. So if you're interested in joining any of our efforts, or if you have your own ideas you would like to work on with ARM, we want to hear from you!
Right now, we could also use some help building our new website. If you know how to create a good but simple website, and would like to help us out, please get in touch!