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The Popular Aid for Relief & Development (PARD) is an independent grassroots organization working on environmental health, medical services and on raising awareness and empowerment among the Palestinian and Lebanese communities. It was founded in 1985 under the name of “The Relief Agency” by a group of volunteers. It received official recognition under the name of Popular Aid for Relief and Development through notification number 44/AD in 23/4/1990.

The Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD) is currently working on local community empowerment, gender equality, human rights, local governance, reproductive health, environment, youth concerns, women concerns, and children education.

 

PARD operates a network of clinics: Sabra, Beirut (established 1986), a mobile clinic (1987) for the unregistered gatherings in South Lebanon, Wasta Clinic (July 1994), the Kfar Badda Clinic (2004), and Shabriha clinic. In February 2000, PARD opened a Women’s Health Center in Sabra for displaced Palestinian refugees.

 

PARD since 1987 implements activities to improve the environmental health conditions of displaced Palestinians, Shatila camp in Beirut and the population of the unregistered camps in the South. This program includes regular solid wastes collection, spraying of insecticides, scabies and lice control, water quality control, raising community awareness on health issues.

 

The past few years have been characterized with several challenges and disasters that had heavily impacted the Palestinian community in Lebanon and the region. Among these were the Israeli hostilities on Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the clashes in Nahr El-Bared in 2007 and the blockade on Gaza that was further escalated by an Israeli military campaign on the Strip in December 2008.

 

PARD believes that in addition to providing relief and support to the Palestinian refugees at times of disaster, there is a great need to provide environmental, health and social services to the marginalized and vulnerable groups in the Palestinian camps and gatherings in Lebanon at times of stability as well. These services are extremely crucial to the refugees’ wellbeing and substantially contribute to building their resilience and ability to participate meaningfully in their communities.

 

 PARD adheres itself to the Millennium Development Goals which include the following:

 

  • Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education: by providing remedial lessons to students to combat illiteracy and school drop outs
  • Promote gender equality and empowerment of women: through the formation of women's committees
  • Reduce child mortality: through access to vaccinations
  • Improve maternal health: through the mother and child health program
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases: through health education for prevention
  • Environmental sustainability: by providing environmental health programs

Developing a global partnership for development: through networking with local and international NGOs and UN agencies.

 

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