Forge Bonds Between Lebanese & Palestinian Youth

by Bridging the Divide


This project aims to improve community relations in Bourj al Barajneh, Lebanon, where Palestinian refugees and Lebanese live in poverty and with tension, by facilitating regular youth interaction.

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The Palestinian refugee population in Bourj al Barajneh, Lebanon lives in the most densely populated camp near Beirut. They have shared the negative affects of continuous war and conflict for the past 63 years, without the benefits of state protection. They remain marginalized by the Lebanese government and are perceived to be a source of conflict by the Lebanese people. Not only do many live in extreme poverty, but their isolation will only exacerbate looming sectarian conflict in the area.


Led by the Center for Excellence (CFE), this project will support joint activities for Palestinian and Lebanese youth living in the Bourj al Barajneh community, providing them an opportunity to erase stereotypes in a fun and interactive way.

Long-Term Impact

It will offer two distinct communities the opportunity to breakdown stereotypes and develop solidarity, while instilling civic activism and conflict mitigation skills among the Bourj al Barajneh, Palestinian and Lebanese youth population.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Bridging the Divide

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Azadeh Meshkaty
Washington, DC United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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