Najdeh Association

Association Najdeh (AN) ( جمعية النجدة الاجتماعية in Arabic, Arabic Najdeh = “Relief” or “aid”) is an NGO Involved with development and educational projects in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon . It operates more exactly in and around the refugee camps . It defends the Palestinian refugees who are often victims of discrimination and also participate in different campaigns, in coalitions of local and international organizations, for the right to work in Lebanon and the right of return to Palestine .


The Association Najdeh was founded in 1976 by a group of independent Lebanese women and men to secure their lives in Palestine after the movement of Palestinian family to the camp of Tel-Za’atar. An initial work of embroidery was organized and generated an income, then a day-care center and a workplace for the women was created. Finally, in 1978, the Najdeh Association was registered with the Ministry of the Interior as the independent Lebanese social and non-governmental organization ( NGO ) with headquarters in Beirut . Between 2005 and 2006, the association Najdeh elaborated a code of conduct, intended to strengthen the role of the civil societyinstitutions. It opposes to the proposal in 2006, of an Islamic constitution in Burj el-Barajneh camp, by institutions with Islamic trend. It has been recently mobilized during the conflict in Nahr el-Bared camps of May, 2007 to bring relief and assistance to residents of the camp. [1] The association Najdeh organized demonstrations in all the regions of Lebanon, on April 30, 2009, for “the right to work with the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon”, in particular with Palestinian-Lebanese coalition’s commissions, after having published a report on the contribution of the Palestinian refugeesto the Lebanese economy, in January, 2009, thanks to funding agencies (Diakonia and Christian Aid). [2]


The main purpose of the Association Najdeh is to empower women in the Palestinian community Because They Are A Most Severely Disadvantage component of the Palestinian refugee community. The improvement of the role of women in the Palestinian community also concerns their economic, social and educational role.


The association is composed of a general assembly, an Administrative Bureau elected by that Assembly, members of the Executive Board assigned by this Administrative Bureau. The General assembly is 70% of women and 30% of men. The administrative board has progressed over the last few years to only one female member to a fifty-fifty female / male division (6 members). The staff is primarily women and members of the Palestinian refugee community. Eighty percent of the beneficiaries are women and Palestinians, while the remaining 20% ​​are men and women of other nationalities. The Najdeh Association operates on 26 centers in and around refugee camps . Its programs focus directly on the women and include: vocational trainingProgram, Popular Education and Training Program, Mother and Child Program, Social Affairs, Domestic Violence Program, Microcredit Project, and Embroidery. It also defends the rights of the Palestinians by activities of raising awareness on the subject of reproductive health, the rights of the woman and the rights of the child. The programs of the Association Would touch up to 10,000 Refugees, in all palestinian refugee camps , camps Including Burj el-Barajneh , Nahr el-Bared , Shatila , Beddawi , etc.

Core values

The association Najdeh has a personal belief in the importance of the community of the Palestinian nation , a belief in the importance of human rights , of social justice and gender equality . As a member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP International) since August 2009, she believes in the values ​​of PAHs based on transparency and accountability. [3]


The association Najdeh has several sources of funding. The donations are a big part, Their origins are multiple: Mainly funds from donor organisms and Individuals from Europe , and from Some partners in this United States and Canada . The other sources of income are: incomes from the production of embroidery, fees for students in the professional training program and those for the program of women and children.

See also

  • Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International
  • List of human rights organizations


  1. Jump up^ [1] ArchivedNovember 8, 2009, at theWayback Machine.
  2. Jump up^ “Palestinians pump up Lebanese economy – study | Gutter Poetry in the Arab World” . 2009-02-13 . Retrieved 2013-10-25 .
  3. Jump up^ [2] ArchivedJune 18, 2009, at theWayback Machine.

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