Location & History:
The Shatila camp in southern Beirut was established in 1949 by the International Committee of the Red Cross to accommodate the hundreds of refugees who poured into the area from Amka, Majed al-Kroum and al-Yajour area villages in northern Palestine after 1948.

The camp was devastated during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and was frequently targeted during the Lebanese civil war, which resulted in the destruction of property and displacement of refugees.

Most of men work as labourers or run grocery stores, and women work as cleaners.

Environmental health conditions in Shatila are extremely bad. Shelters are damp and overcrowded, and many have open drains. The sewerage system needs considerable expansion. An infrastructure project is currently being implemented in the camp to upgrade the sewage, the storm water system and the water network.

  • More than 9,842 registered refugees
  • Two schools
  • One health center

Programs in the camp
  • Health
  • Education
  • Social safety-net
  • Disability

Major problems
  • Bad environmental health
  • Damp and overcrowded shelters
Shatila center :
Shatila center was established in 1984 after Sabra and Shatila massacre that happened in 1982. It consists of five floors and a roof used as a playground for the children because there is no other space for the children to play. 

Projects & Programs
  • Family Happiness Project (Sponsorship)
  • Kindergarten
  • Remedial Classes
  • Scholarship for vocational training
  • Dental clinic
  • Reproductive Health & Peer Education
  • Art & Cultural Activities
  • Scout