For decades, the Middle East region has been engulfed by a wave of conflicts, varying in intensity between countries. This upheaval has caused the realignment of power in some countries, and a persisting turbulence in others. Although the civil war (1975-1990) in Lebanon is presumed to have ended, Lebanon’s political scene remains split. Though issues of dispute change, the split is broadening
The socio-political and economic situation in Lebanon remains highly unstable due to a series of events, including but not limited to the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (2005), the Israeli aggression causing destruction and the displacement of thousands of citizens (2006), the conflicts in the Nahr El-Bared camp leading to the displacement of its residents and the destruction of the camp (2007), the street fighting of Lebanese groups from different political parties increasing the rift between the various central actors in the country (2008), and the ongoing political crisis in Syria that lasts to date and has resulted in millions of refugees.
Social actors have been making considerable efforts to promote tolerance, equality, and justice and to instill a sense of balance. The Arab Resource Centre of Popular Arts AL-JANA is one of these active civil organizations. Aware of the critical issues raised in Lebanon today concerning identity, rights, equality, social justice, inclusion, dialogue, consensus, and societal values, AL-JANA utilizes nontraditional techniques to implement interventions addressed to support social cohesion, inclusion, justice, critical thinking, active learning, and non-violent means of conflict transformation.
ARCPA is formed of a group of community activists and artists who focus on utilizing non-traditional techniques to empower marginalized communities, including children, youth, women, community activists and artists as well as NGOs to build on their strengths as active agents of change.
Vision & Values
ARCPA envisions marginalized communities empowered by their ability to overcome adversity and cultivate richer societies.
At ARCPA, we believe in and are committed to four core values that guide our decisions and actions.
The Rights of all Human Beings to Participate
We are a grass-roots organization which values community participation. We believe that all human beings are born equal and have equal rights to be actively involved in the world around them to their fullest potential.
AL-JANA targets marginalized and war-affected communities in Lebanon. Our beneficiaries include children, youth, women, and the elderly. Beneficiaries also include members of the Janana network, an established collaborative system which has grown to include 42 Palestinian and 37 Lebanese civil society organizations, libraries, and youth centers working with marginalized and disadvantaged children and youth in Lebanon.
Our key stakeholders are varied. Working to achieve our mission, we are guided by the belief that a long-term partnership with each and every one of our stakeholders is key to our success.
- Local Authorities and Ministries
- Local and International NGOs.
- Community members, including children, youth, women, & the elderly
- Cultural and educational centers and institutes
- Trainers, Facilitators, and Educators
- Donors / Supporters, including embassies, UN Agencies, EU
- Elected bodies and community associations and groups
- Networks & Learning Societies (Hakaya, Janana)
- Performers, activists, and artists.