The Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA), commonly known as AL-JANA, was established in 1990 as a local non-governmental organization registered in Lebanon. ARCPA works with marginalized communities in Lebanon through documenting their enriching experiences and creative contributions and building on them, while at the same time enhancing the capacity of children and youth towards conflict transformation, active learning, and creative expression. Furthermore, the organization specializes in producing educational and cultural resources based on community experiences and creative contributions. Its programs vary to include interventions focusing on community development and social inclusion, resource mobilization, and active memory.
ARCPA envisions marginalized communities, empowered by their ability to overcome adversity and cultivate richer societies. From here stems its interventions aimed at promoting harmony and building bridges.
Our Programs & Projects
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND PROGRAMMATIC COMPONENT
The objective of the Campji project is to depict the reality of refugee camps to international audiences with the aim of influencing stakeholders. This media platform gives refugee communities and their young journalists a voice while concurrently challenging preconceptions and the negative views towards refugee camps.
Campji covers the extraordinary stories of people who have been forced to live as refugees, portraying their dreams, successes, and challenges. Through this platform, refugee communities are given the chance to engage in social dialogue away from the marginalization that they have always suffered from. On a more micro level, Campji provides capacity-building and employment opportunities to young reporters and team members who cannot work in other media outlets in the country.
Shabab Live is a joint project of ARCPA, Al-Khatt and DW Akademia with the aim of Empowering Youth in the Middle East where Young Voices Speak up, and Media Makes them Heard. The program is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and works to spark more plural debates where the voices of the youth are truly represented. It is currently being implemented in six countries in the MENA region: Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. ARCPA is the managing partner for the first three countries.
E-Linc II Project
Refugees communities in Lebanon are constantly facing hardships with no signs of positive change. Different factors contribute to the current situation including marginalization, deprivation of basic rights, deterioration of social and economic conditions and instability of currency and banking system. Some of these problems are affecting the whole country, while others have direct impact on the refugee communities. Labor regulations have been enforced by the Minister of Labor restricting the work of Palestinian and Syrian refugees with no permit, affecting their livelihood and potential work opportunities.
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We invite you to become a volunteer. Volunteers are the heart of our work. Their dedication and contribution is most valuable to us. People make the difference and the change. Their time and energy is what makes our work move forward and expand.