DEVELOPMENTAL ACTION WITHOUT BORDERS-NABA'A
Nabaa is a Lebanese registered NGO that focuses on inclusive education through active community participation. In its work it addresses the shortfalls in meeting the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In order to reach this objective Nabaa intends to change common practices and structures, which undermine the Rights of the Child and to promote the active participation of civil society – and in particular children – in the realization of Nabaa’s objectives. Nabaa applies a holistic approach in its strategy and program implementation by targeting several groups, children aged 0 -18, parents, teachers and the community as a whole as well as NGOs and governmental agencies. Current programs include: Small Grant Scheme (Community Builders) This project, which focuses on children aged 5-18, aims at providing children and child orientated groups to develop their own community projects. This project is supported by community facilitators who work with community leaders and relevant agencies to address unmet needs of the children. The project offers small grants for training and developing children and youth skills to set up projects, which are based on their needs. Social workers, teachers, families and the community provide children support and follow the progress of the projects. School dropout project Target group of this project are children aged 7-15, with no school education or school drop-outs. They aim of the project is to provide a safe environment in which children can develop their work skills, increase the social participation and improve their living conditions as well as to raise awareness of their children’s rights. Advocay and Training Unit A major part of Nabaa’s work consists of training. Nabaa trains NGOs and agencies in the region as well as all beneficiaries and social workers to build capacity and develop skills. Training is provided among others in the fields of early childhood development, non-formal education, child rights, child-to-child methodology, child rights, planning and programming, participatory rapid assessment, and in community-based rehabilitation. Community Development Project The project intends to develop community skills and capacities. It focuses on disadvantaged children and youth between 5 and 18 years, who live in severe conditions. The most important components is to raise awareness of the community on child rights and needs, to increase the participation and inclusion of children. During project implementation it coordinates with parents and schools participating in the project.