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Blue Mission is founded on humanitarian and egalitarian ideals. We believe in the intrinsic worth and dignity of every human being and are committed to the values of acceptance, self-determination, and respect of individuality. We believe in the obligation of all people, individually and collectively, to provide resources, services, and opportunities for the overall benefit of humanity. Our approach to development is holistic and based on human rights, with a psychosocial focus as its cornerstone. Through our programs, we have gained extensive experience raising awareness and building capacity through activities and trainings. essentially unchanged.

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Sanaa El-Bezri

Founder and President

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Hanadi El-Bizri

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Paulinho Rubos

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WHAT DO WE DO?

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On-going projects

Ambassadors of Peace (since 2002) This is our central program under whose philosophy and methodology all of our other programs fall. Ambassadors of Peace prepares children and youth to become responsible citizens in all aspects of their lives, to become self-aware of their own actions and their interactions actions with others, to develop their capacities, and to understand their role in protecting human rights in the world. Our program provides them with support they need to continue in this process of working with other children after the trainings. The children we first worked with in 2002 were able, as youth during the 2006 war, to help other children deal with their experiences. As part of this program we work through schools to access students and provide trainings once a week in constructive problem solving, citizenship, and human rights. We also work in parallel with teachers and parents to provide trainings in positive discipline. This project has been implemented in schools across Lebanon as well as through the Ministry of Education in Yemen and in women’s prisons in Syria.

From Village to Village, Our From Village to Village projects are a continuation of Ambassadors of Peace programs we have implemented in schools and bring together youth from greater Saida and villages in the south. The central idea is that violence is a decision not a reaction. By learning to recognize the sources of their anger and understand their emotions, they can channel this energy in a positive and constructive direction. Using art, theater, music, and community development as a vehicle for positive self-expression, the youth build self-esteem and self-confidence. The project allows them to recognize and develop their talents and interests. In this way, they clarify their goals and are given the resources to achieve them. Each of this projects established three youth clubs with forty youth members. These clubs were led by youth leaders who received specialized trainings in project management and leadership. In addition to working with psychosocial trainers in theater, music, dabkeh, and computer technology, the youth also attended citizenship workshops and psychosocial trainings. Each club was given a small budget to start their own community project. The youth were responsible for all aspects from the initial proposal and budget through getting quotes and implementation. Projects have included public bus stops, benches in town centers, and a youth library.

Saida Youth Library This project began as the community project of the Saida Youth Club formed under From Village to Village 2. In addition to providing a library where youth can come to study and socialize, it will host several clubs including music, dabkeh, cinema, and theater. Trainings in graphic design and computer skills will also be held in Blue Mission’s computer center. It will bring together youth from all parts of Saida and Ain El Helweh Palestinian refugee camp to work, study, and exchange ideas and experiences. This project is being implemented in collaboration with the Saida Pulic Library.

Saida Public Library (since April 2010) In April 2010, the Mayor and City Council of Saida signed an agreement to give Blue Mission the responsibility for the organization and operation of the Saida Public Library for the next five years. This will entail cataloging and shelving the existing collection, hosting cultural and community events, creating a children’s program, activating the electronic library, training volunteers, and finding a paid librarian.

Past projects

Countering autism-related stigma (summer 2010) In summer 2010, a psychologist specializing in children with Autism came to Lebanon for two months to work with children and families in Palestinian refugee camps. The purpose of this project was to give families individual support to help their children and to increase awareness about Autism in the Palestinian refugee community where it is often overlooked and carries a stigma.

Ambassadors of Peace Summer Camps (summer 2010) Between 500 and 750 children from the greater Saida area will participate in one of two sessions in July and August 2010 to be held at the Blue Mission center, the Saida Public Library, and public spaces around Saida. Youth volunteers selected from the From Village to Village projects will participate in sixty hours of intensive training to act as councilors. The curriculum will be based on the AOP methodology, but will be tailored to the needs and interests of the participants. NGO’s working in Saida will be invited to participate to share their expertise and provide a different perspective.

FUTURE PROJECTS: HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Blue Mission has the human and physical resources to execute the following projects, but lacks the funding! This is where you or your organization can help. Please read through the list of project proposals below and contact us at bluemission@gmail.com to discuss our common way forward.

Regional Youth Conference and Training Session (2011)
This is a new project that follows up on work we began in Yemen in 2006. It invites representatives from youth groups from around the Middle East, including Yemen, Egypt, and Jordan to come to our Centre in Lebanon to participate in an Ambassadors of Peace training session. They would then take this program back to their home countries where they would train other trainers and implement it in their communities and schools. We would continue to provide support and follow up visits. After one year, we would bring that participant organizations together for a conference where the youth could exchange experiences, receive further training, and work together on a common project. We are currently in the process of finding funding for this project
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

Cultural Center
Located in Bkassine, this center will be a place for work and research and a space for dialogue and exchange between all the actors in local, national, regional, and international education. It will be developed in partnership with the Bkassine National Reserve and provide a recreational and educational resource for individuals and families interested in outdoor activities. We are currently in the process of finding funding for this project
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

Interdisciplinary Research Center
This project would develop a national strategy to ensure the respect of human rights with a particular focus on discrimination against mental health issues and to offer psychosocial intervention in emergencies. We are currently in the process of finding funding for this project
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

Saida ECO Neighborhood
This project would focus on the old city, the suburbs, and the villages around Saida with the goal of promoting eco-citizenship and of improving the quality of life through environmental action. We are currently in the process of finding funding for this project
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

Ownership Campaign
This project will focus on the people of Saida. It will spread awareness, provide information, and encourage direct participation on the part of the residents to improve their quality of life. We are currently in the process of finding funding for this project
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

Refugee Projects
The mission of this project will be to put an end to violence against children in Lebanon. The first step will be to identify a group of at risk children and adolescents and engage them in recreational and artistic activities. We will also offer psychological support such as art therapy and individual and group counseling. The parents will be involved in all the stages of the project including outings, group work, and cultural events. The final goal will be a group of young leaders who are trained to lead awareness and intervention campaigns with other young people in schools. We are currently in the process of finding funding for this project
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

Social and Cultural Program for the Elderly
This project would give elderly citizens the space to become active in their communities and participate in project and in the exchange of ideas with people of all ages. It would take advantage of their professional and life experience and give them the opportunity to work to improve their community.
you can help! Are you interested in (partly) sponsoring this project? Contact us at bluemission@gmail.com

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