It aims to improve the social and economic situation of the most marginalized Palestinian families in the camps and communities in Lebanon by:
- Providing assistance and educational and mental health support for the most vulnerable Palestinian families in camps.
- Enabling the most vulnerable Palestinian families to support themselves financially.
- Strengthening the role and publicized the protection networks, and circulating those networks among the marginalized groups through local donations.
The Social Affairs program is a socio-economic program that contributes to improving the living conditions of Palestinian families, and helps Palestinian students by offering university academic assistance to them. The Social Affairs program also provides health assistance for surgeries.
This program targets males and females equally. Nearly 2,000 person and family benefit from the social, educational/health assistance, and annual interventions. Social Affairs has initiated its activities and grants with the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon in 1978, in order to support the displaced Palestinian families that have been affected by wars and the conflicts.
Families targeted in the social affairs programs are also referred to other organizations, especially organizations that empower economically and provide employment opportunities (vocational training), and enable educational and psychological support (mother/child social integration). Referrals aim to improve the level of skills and capacities of the families targeted to reduce socio-economic hardship.
Through local social solidarity networks, which work on family solidarity and individuals in the Palestinian community in Lebanon, donations are given to the most marginalized families to cover academic tuition for children / students, treatment costs and health care operations, and / or kits expenses or financial aids.
The socio-economic support program includes micro credit projects that enables marginalized families that belong to vulnerable social groups to become economically active, be able to meet the needs family members, and contribute to the growth and development of the Palestinian community in Lebanon.
The micro-credit program is considered an extension of the social development program targeting the Palestinian community in Lebanon. This program contributes to the support and / or the establishment of project initiatives that strengthens women’s productive and economic role in the society, and enables women to be financially self-sufficient and independent, which eventually leads to positive development within the local community and society in general.
The association encourages new graduates to submit micro-credit applications so they can put in use their newly acquired abilities. Women benefiting from the micro-credit program constitute 65% of the total number of those who receive support for the development of their existing projects. The project is implemented in Bekaa and southern Lebanon where Palestinian camps and gatherings exist.