About

About

The name "Ibda'a," (ابداع) is translated from Arabic as "creation" or "creative ability".  Ibda'a Cultural Center (Ibda'a) is a grassroots community-based project in the West Bank's Palestinian Dheisheh refugee camp. Since its foundation in 1994, Ibda'a has served more than 2000 children, youth and women annually and provides employment and income to some families in the camp. The Ibda'a mission is to create a positive atmosphere for children, youth and women in the refugee camp to assist them in developing creativity and leadership skills through a range of social, cultural and educational activities.

Ibda'a believes that, by empowering the most vulnerable trough offering training in skills from diverse fields, Ibdaa provides a space for Palestinian Refugees to activate their role in society and participate in public needs and concerns. Due to these activities and training Ibda'a will instill a culture of democracy and acceptance of others, away from all forms of prejudice. The Ibda'a goals serve as a compass for all activities and describe how the Ibdaa family behaves inside and outside the camp.

Through art, dance, music, media, education, and sports, Ibda'a helps children and teenagers to share their experiences and dreams for the future with each other and with people around the world. Every activity at Ibda'a incorporates the values of democratic process and respect for human rights, providing a secular, humanist, and coeducational experience for Dheisheh’s children, youth, and women. Next to that, the facilities of Ibdaa (Guesthouse, Restaurant etc.) offer people from outside the camp an opportunity to get to know more about the situation of the Palestinian refugees and the situation in Palestine in general.

Ibdaa has become one of the most successful organizations in Palestine, playing a vital role in the community’s survival and vitalization – particularly after the Intifada started – by organizing events and art projects and teaching skills. Ibdaa’s extraordinary achievement is due to the successful integration of grassroots work in Dheisheh and the solidarity work in the international community. 

 

 


Ibda'a Highlights

Ibdaa child and young members tour the globe, prompting the late President Yasser Arafat to call them the “Ambassadors of Palestine”.

Ibdaa won the title of Most Active Institution in Palestine following a survey organized by AlHayat Newspaper in 2006.

Ibdaa Art Group presented distinguished performances worldwide including a performance in the UN General Assembly Meeting in New York and another at the World Church Union Meeting in Washington. It also performed in the festivities of Native American population of the USA in 1999 and won the first place at the festival of “Algeria Capital of the Arab Culture” competing against 18 Asian and African groups.

Ibdaa inaugurated “The Continents’ Center” in Brussels in presence of representatives of many states.

Ibdaa participated in the closing ceremony of the Refugees’ Conference in New York, in presence of Edward Saeed, who described the troupe as the best representative of the Palestinian refugees.

Ibdaa established the first guesthouse in a refugee camp which can accommodate up to 42 visitors.

The first radio in a Palestinian camp was launched by Ibda'a, which broadcasted for years.

Ibdaa cooperated with a Korean institution to perform 100 surgeries free of charge for children.


Facts and aqchievements

Ibdaa children have participated in international camps in Hungry, France, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Morocco, and Tunisia. Moreover, it has organized a number of international camps and holds four annual summer camps for its beneficiaries.

Ibdaa receives foreign delegations from different nations on daily basis and offers camp tours that including an informative presentation of the Palestinian history, occupation, and the reality of living in a refugee camp.

Ibdaa provides grants and financial aid to university students every year through scholarships in local and international universities.

The Swedish Olaf Palma International Center nominated Ibda'a for an international award.

Ibdaa was chosen as a model to be disseminated in other areas in Palestine under the supervision of Catholic Relief Services with funding from Bill Gates Foundation. This effort was part of a project named Tawasol in which Ibdaa was involved in the development of 13 similar Palestinian organizations in the West Bank.

Ibda'a sent 100 of its patients from the Diabetes Club to perform Umra (semi-pilgrimage). 

 


Goals and Objectives

To build Palestinian children’s capacities in all paths: cultural, technical, health, sporting, and academic.

Focus on building women’s capacities as child caretakers.

Promote the youth sector as the extension of childhood phase.

Raise community awareness of the importance of childhood and how to deal with children. 

 


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OBJECTIVES

To build Palestinian children’s capacities in all paths: cultural, technical, health, sporting, and academic.
Focus on building women’s capacities as child caretakers.
Promote the youth sector as the extension of childhood phase.
Raise community awareness of the importance of childhood and how to deal with children.