Norwegian Aid committee (NORWAC
): NORWAC was established in 1982 and has since then been engaged in health related projects in Lebanon in cooperation with local NGOs. Their work, being financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, includes developing health institutions, running emergency relief and educating Palestinian and Lebanese health workers.
NORWAC's former coordinator in Lebanon, Kjersti Fiveland, was one of the initiators of FORUM and a board-member during the first few years. As part of NORWAC's Mental Health Project FORUM has received both practical (sine 2004) and financial (sine 2010) support from NORWAC.
The Norwegian Acadamy of Music (NMH)
): NMH has been involved in the Lebanon Project since 2004, and has since then yearly carried out practice-projects with music educator- and music therapy-students.
The involvement of the Academy in the Lebanon Project includes
• developing music activities in Palestinian refugee camps
• establishing music as a school subject in several Lebanese schools
• employing music in health work directed at children with special needs
• educating music teachers locally in Lebanon
• research and development (R&D) carried out by Master-students and teachers at NMH based on this project (see http://nmh.no/forskning/frittstaende_fou-prosjekter/libanonprosjektet
The Lebanon Project has proved to be an important venue for field-work and practice for the Academy students.
Algarheim primary school
): Algarheim Primary School in Norway has since the early 90's been in contact with children in refugee camps in Lebanon, facilitated by NORWAC's Kjersti Fiveland.
A so-called Lebanon Group among parents was promptly established to organize this contact, and later on the parent council and school administration also got involved. In 1997, a small group of students and parents from Algarheim School visited Lebanon, and in 2002 the school received its first visit by Palestinian children, a visit mainly financed by NORWAC. The children, who were members of a Palestinian dance troupe, lived with families in the school district and partook in the everyday life of the school and their host families.
Music, dance and social gatherings created a closeness and interest in each other's lives and differing living conditions, and an awareness of the particularly difficult situation of the Palestinians as refugees in Lebanon.
The school has also had visits by Palestinian children and youth (dancers and musicians) in 2008 and 2013. These visits have partly been financed by FORUM.
Presentation of Project at Algarheim school 2002
Jessheim secondary high school (JVS)
): JVS has since 2006 donated their yearly ODW-funds to various projects in camps in Lebanon: contributions to running costs and equipment to the Handicap Centre in Raschedyieh, and contributions to running costs of vocational training, to an all-girl school, and of dental health service. JVS also sponsors several families with young children through the BAS-programme, and has donated PCs to the camps.
In 2009, the school made an agreement to collaborate with Shohour secondary high school in Southern Lebanon, which included yearly ten days visits by students and teachers either from Norway to Lebanon or from Lebanon to Norway. The exchange started with students of Music and of Social Science (enrolled in the programme Politics and Human Rights), but has later also included Natural Science.
In 2013, a joint student project on oil resulted in 2nd price in a national physic-competition in Lebanon. Palestinian musicians too have been involved in this collaboration. The travelling expenses of the Shohour participants have been paid for by JVS through a national school cooperation project.
FORUM has also been heavily involved in this project both financially and in the field, and the school has in return supplied FORUM with teachers to its X-art Programme.
The proceeds from the annual music-cd produced by JVS's music students have often been allocated Uganda Heritage Roots in Uganda or FORUM's projects in Lebanon.
National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (NISCVT) /Beit Atfal Assumoud (BAS)
Marouf Saad Social and Cultural Foundation www.facebook.com/MaaroufSaadFoundation
Imam Al Sadr Foundation
Shohor Secondary Highschool
Uganda Heritage Roots (UHR)
UHR was founded by Milton Wabyona in 2003, with the mission to rehabilitate homeless children through schooling and training in traditional dance, music and theater in order to make them able to support themselves through performances, to give them a sense of mastering, and to contribute to the preservation of the Ugandan music traditions.
Per 2014, most of the children have become adults, have finished school and left the UHR home. Previous programme participants are now among other things being used in the music- and dance-education at Makarere University in Kampala, where Milton Wabyona lectures.
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