Art and culture are indispensable for building a society. Therefore, Action for Hope provides art and culture activities in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Morocco and Iraq. Action for Hope provides a safe environment in which the local population and refugees meet, where people can dream together and where talented young people are trained to be a filmmaker or musician. They work with artists who have partly fled themselves. Sara Zein, program manager at Action for Hope, tells us about their work.
Empowering people and enrich the scene
In 2015, Action for Hope started to provide cultural development and cultural relief programs in Lebanon that meet the social, cultural and psychological needs of distressed and displaced communities. They believe in the role of art and culture in empowering people, individuals and communities. Especially, for people who live in distress. Sara explains: “So we work with communities that don’t have access to art and culture. Because of course there are people with talents, but they are not always able to develop it and do something with it. We give them the opportunity to develop their talent.” By doing so, they help individuals to express themselves and enrich the cultural scene in the entire country.
On the website of Action for Hope, you find several stories of change. For example of Ayham Attihey: “After I joined Action for Hope Film School and graduated from the program, I was filled with motivation to earn a formal certificate and study at a university. (…) Even though art has been a passion of mine since I was in Syria, the society frowns upon the idea of art as a livelihood. Action for Hope and moving to Lebanon emboldened me to take a step that many people in my environment would see as a daring move.”