Mishwar started in May 2016 in response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Lebanon. Since 2011, well over 1 million Syrians have sheltered in the country, adding to the 500,000 Palestinian refugees residing in camps here since 1948. The ongoing war in Syria and occupation of Palestine means refugee communities and their hosts must be supported to maximize their latent potential and minimize the acute affects of this ongoing crisis.
Our goal is to provide support for refugee communities by launching creative projects led by the communities themselves, and encourage them to foster further initiatives for the benefit of their community well-being.
We work with hundreds of youth through the north of Lebanon in 3 tent settlements, one Palestinian camp and several other locations. We run regular workshops of music, sports, cinema, all with the goal of educating youth, unleashing their potential and supporting their communities.