A look into some of Nations United’s past projects
In the past, Nations United has organized a sponsorship program for Palestinian refugee women to attend university. Nations United committed to sending 10 women to the program. It was a collaborative sponsorship between Nations United and PALWHO which began in September 2010 when Nations United visited the Bourj El Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Together, we lobbied the Beirut-Arab University to create a program that is both accessible and pertinent to Palestinian Refugee women. Tuition was negotiated down to $2500 (US) per woman. The women who attended the program would return to the camp to share their knowledge through programs set up within the camp, thereby benefitting the community as a whole. Initially $12,500 (US) was raised to send 5 women to the program. Nations United visited the camp again in March 2011 and observed the positive result of this initial sponsorship. Only one semester into the program and already the women have created support groups and were actively part of a newfound camp community. The benefit of this sustainable program was astonishing; therefore they pushed further to send more women into the program. The sponsored women now run different social projects within the refugee camps that are associated with helping mothers, children and the elderly.
Artists Involved for Nations United
Nations United believes that the power to transform our world and bring about peace and understanding between the nations lies in the communicative power of the arts. That is why the team has been dedicated to starting film centers in areas that are underprivileged. This project aims at teaching people how to use the power of media to share their message and unite with others. Operated by the Artists Involved for Nations United Campaign and led by Jeff Barry, new film centers were established in regions that demonstrated the need for recreational programming and skill development. Nations United offered beneficiaries’ complimentary media equipment as well as human resources. Nations United instructors taught practical skills in areas such as project planning, camera operation, storyboarding, video editing, and interview techniques. The instructors also trained locals to replicate the curriculum so that lessons could continue to develop into the future.
Jeff Barry, past project manager for the Artists Involved for Nations United campaign, spent 3 months in 2010 establishing the first Nations United film centre in Beirut, Lebanon in partnership with local organizations Women’s Humanitarian Organization and IJMA3. Located next to the Bourj Al Barajne refugee camp, the film centre has a regular attendance of between 20 and 30 students daily. Jeff also trained the staff at Women’s Humanitarian Organization in photography and video camera basics, and provided similar training to the Girls! Girls! Club located within the camp.
Girls & Football SA
In South Africa, women and young girls alike endure difficult living situations due to poverty, disease and social status. Many young girls are forced to drop out of schools early in order to support themselves and their families. One way of boosting the self esteem of girls and keeping them healthy and in school is through the utilization of sports. It provides a platform for young girls to meet and communicate with mentors and other team members. Participating in sports also encourages body ownership and a healthy body image, two important factors that are often lacking with regard to the social development of girls in South Africa. Self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment are both fuelled by a successful day of hitting the field, which makes sport important for mental and physical development. Sport encourages team work, determination and a collaborative effort to support each other. Girls and Football SA recently developed a documentary in order to spread and share their work with others around the world. Nations United took the documentary and entered it into the Lebanon Film Festival in 2011, in the hopes that the importance of sports for young girls would be understood and implemented in other parts of the world as well. It won the title of “Best Documentary”. Nations United also aired the documentary in its awards ceremony in 2011, in which the organization gained further support.
Is a social program that focuses on the development of youth within refugee camps. It is a small organization that holds weekly meetings with young adults in order to discuss daily issues that affect their lives. Many of the topics discussed are ones in which young adults feel uncomfortable sharing with parents and family. This organization is made up of women who have created a secure and comfortable platform that allows for open discussion about sensitive topics. They also utilize fun activities such as arts and crafts so that the youth feel more inclined to attend. Nations United help with this program by exposing it through its social media platforms and providing any administrative support required.
Child Well-Being Fund
Child-well-being fund has been active in Ukraine since 1997. Its mission is to develop and apply innovative social work to improve the living conditions of children and families. The organization achieves this by creating positive environments that cater to children’s needs in order to increases their potential. Child well-being fund, implemented over 80 international and national projects in partnership with government agencies. These developmental missions made way for the implementation of several projects like the Ukrainian-Swiss Mother and Child Health programme, and the Childhood without violence programme which helped improve the child protection system in Eastern Europe. In 2011 Nations United helped support these projects by assisting the Child well-being fund in administrative maintenance and support.