Since CEPAL first began working in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon in 1997, the situation on the ground has shifted dramatically. In particular, the recent influx of thousands of refugees from Syria, many of whom settled in the camps, has led to changing needs and priorities among our partner organizations and the communities with whom they work.
In 2017, CEPAL therefore decided to carry out an in-depth needs assessment with its partner organizations and other organizations and actors in the camps to understand how it could best continue to provide support. We are currently working from this needs assessment to strengthen and reinvigorate our programming in Lebanon, as well as our fundraising and awareness raising work in Canada. While we hope to have a volunteer team in Lebanon in summer 2021, for the time being, we are collaborating with local organizations in support of distance education for Palestinian refugees.