Abjad Centre, once known as “Cinema Al Andalos,” is a welcoming and functional community centre accessed by thousands of residents of the Jabal Mohsen and Tebbaneh neighbourhoods: both from the refugee and host communities. The Centre provides those who access it with a multitude of opportunities for personal growth through life skills workshops and vocational training, self-expression through art, theatre and intercultural dialogue and access to an array of income generating activities especially for women and youth and much more.
Abjad Centre member during a registration session.
Children participate in an obstacle course event organized by the Abjad Centre.
Enhancing community safety and security through the services provided by “Abjad” centre.
Abjad Centre is a space for refugee and local communities to come together and share their common interests in and its importance to the neighbourhoods of Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.
Abjad: A socio-cultural centre in Bab el Tabbeneh, Tripoli, Lebanon.
Once a war shelter, the building that houses the Abjad Centre is now the first community centre in Tabbeneh, Tripoli that provides psychosocial support, life skills workshops and vocational trainings and promotes self-expression through art, theatre and intercultural dialogue. Beneficiaries also access cash assistance and income generating activities especially for women and youth.
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Donors and partners
UN-Habitat along with Al Fayhaa Regional Technical Office mapped out all stakeholders in Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods through the neighbourhood profiles and assessed their needs to set up the framework of the Centre. In addition, UN-Habitat collaborated with the Municipality of Tripoli and the Ministry of Social Affairs to define the community members’ needs to be addressed through the Centre’s activities and main objectives. Throughout the project, UNICEF was the main link to local NGOs focused on supporting youth and children while UN-Women coordinated with NGOs focused on women. All of this was done through a coordination group formed by the project, called “SHANKAL,” that brought together all local and international NGOs working in the area. The Centre is now managed by, UTOPIA, an NGO based in Lebanon.