Projects > Active Ageing House
Established in 2006, the Active Ageing House has served as a second home, support center, and vibrant hub of cultural and recreational activities that have transformed the lives of seniors in Burj Al-Barajneh camp. In 2008, a second center in Nahr Al-Bared camp opened its doors to refugees with the same purpose, values, and quality of service; and now in 2018 we are in the process of opening a new center in Shatila Camp.
The Active Ageing House hosts regular arts and crafts sessions. Activities include puppet theater, crocheting, knitting, flower arrangement, carpentry, working with clay and portrait drawing. The importance of such activities lies not only in relieving stress and adding color to the lives of the seniors, but also in stimulating them, physically and mentally. One activity that stands out is our traditional doll-making craft that takes seniors back to their childhoods in Palestine.
The Active Ageing House project is based on the need of seniors to learn new skills, connect and engage with younger generations, and their ability to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of their community. The project also organizes activities that are recreational and stress-relieving while at the same time ensuring that seniors remain active, both physically and mentally.
Literacy and Computer Classes
The elderly, who had never had a chance to attend school, learn how to read and write in a simple and motivating manner. They also engage in basic computer literacy classes which help them connect with the world of today and communicate with their families around the world.
Sports and Health
The elderly enjoy regular sports sessions at a club nearby and participation in the Beirut Marathon is offered. Visiting doctors from Medecins Sans Frontiers provide regular checkups. We participate in the Diabetes and Blood Pressure Awareness campaign that includes monthly follow ups on how to live a healthier life.