Mar Elias camp is located within Beirut city between Watt Musitbeh and UNESCO palace, situated on a small piece of land, 1.5 square km donated by the Roman Orthodox church.
The camp was established in 1956; its population of 1500 inhabitants was a mixture of Christian and Muslim families who fled Palestine in 1948. During the Lebanese civil war many families left the camp and were replaced by families who came from Tal El Zaatar camp and other areas in East Beirut.
1. Socio –Economic Conditions:
Mar Elias camp is the second smallest camp in Lebanon. Similar to other camps, the living conditions are difficult, unemployment is very high, and water and electricity problems are constant issues that need to be addressed.
2. Health Conditions:
Patients with chronic diseases are in dire need of medical support, which is not being provided by UNRWA services.
Beit Atfal Assumoud, Center national institution of social care and vocational training:
The social / cultural center inside Mar Elias was established in 1987 to support families living inside the camp and in areas scattered throughout Beirut , mainly those displaced during the civil war , and expanded to reach out to those living on the coastal road to Saida and the surrounding hills . The center s ground floor serves consist of an administration room for our families and friends from the surrounding in the camp. The first floor consist of a room for Art administration and large hall specialized for our children training and workshop .in additional to two store for management purposes .the second floor has a large hall specialized for training activities and workshops for all centers and it is available upon request for other NGOs . Recently, a side room was converted into room for files Archive for the general Administration of the institution .the third floor has a room dedicated to the purposes of Manama.
Projects & Programs
- Art activities and handicraft
- Picnics for the children and mothers
- Cultural / Awareness programs for youth and mothers
- Ramadan dinners