The Emergency program is designed to ensure immediate response to the needs of groups affected by the conflict in Lebanon, through the implementation of relief interventions and developmental projects that are closely linked with the relief and other Association Najdeh’s programs.
Safety and security measurements for staff and emergency centers are adopted by the association throughout emergency interventions. The association also coordinates with local, national and international organizations to avoid duplication and conflicting interventions, in order to:
- Benefit vulnerable refugees and displaced persons affected by the conflict, and to ensure quick access to services and protection.
- Enhance the resilience of refugees / displaced persons affected by the conflict because of the alternative assistance programs.
- Involve refugees / IDPs members of the community in the formulation of policies and solutions for emergency interventions and community development.
Since the founding of Association Najdeh, it had targeted women primarily, and marginalized groups in the Palestinian community in Lebanon in its rescue interventions. The first project in the association was Badia for embroidery that began in 1978, and the goal of it is to provide the Palestinian women, who lost their husbands or their family members in the war, with the means and skills to contribute in economical development in the light of the difficult living conditions and lack of security and safety, because of the Lebanese civil war. Kindergartens were founded during that period to take care of children whose mothers are working in the embroidery project or in other work fields or not employed but as a preschool education support for children.
After the Israeli invasion in 1982, association Najdeh worked on the restoration and reconstruction of houses, through providing camps with secure building materials, in order to bring life to and maintain the existence of camps. This step was crucial especially with the increase of women’s needs in light of the evolution in local community that has suffered from security and economic crises due to the war, and impacted the living conditions of women.
Association Najdeh develops the professional capacities of women as part of the rescue-relief intervention, through establishing vocational training program that organizes regular n in many fields. It also works on raising awareness of women regarding their rights, through women’s rights program.
During the war of July 2006, Association Najdeh was the only local and international association that targeted women primarily in their relief programs, and has also allocated rations to women containing female hygiene kits. It also organized sessions to address the trauma experienced by women and children during the war. After the declaration of ceasing fire, the association aided those affected by the war, according to the needs of every region and category.
In 2007, when Nahr El-Bared crisis began, Association Najdeh aided people that had withstood inside the camp, where water and electricity were not available, and medical needs, centers, as well as daily necessities of life (such as bread, water, and food) were not met. The association also helped the displaced persons in Baddawi and other camps, and allocated services for women according to their needs. At the end of Nahr El-Bared crisis, the association organized cleaning campaigns of volunteers, to remove the effects of the destruction and to rebuild the camp, as an initiative to get people to return to the camp.
Association Najdeh has intervened after the crisis in different forms in order to reduce the psychological and social pressures on women and children by organizing communication, catharsis, and recreational activities sessions.
When the Syrian war broke in 2011 and thousands of Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians were displaced, the association has provided support in various forms, including non-conditional aids, food and health assistance-especially for cancer patients-, and also psychosocial intervention to lessen the trauma and stress cause by the displacement, particularly to women.
The services provided by Association Najdeh for the displaced Syrians and the Syrian-Palestinians, are still provided till this moment.