Right To Play

Give the gift of play in Lebanon: Building a safe play space in Nahr el-Barer Refugee Camp

Inspired by the transformative effect of play upon children, Right To Play will construct a new playground in Nahr el-Barer Refugee Camp in Lebanon, providing facilities for basketball, volleyball and mini-football to Palestinian refugee children. The provision of a play space will enormously improve the quality of child refugees’ lives, offering respite in a challenging environment and providing them with a safe, enabling forum in which they can work through traumatic experiences, develop cooperative skills and peaceful conflict resolution strategies, and recover emotionally from the impact of war.

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It ran from 10:37 AM, 3 March 2016 to 8:59 PM, 14 June 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112404)




  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Play has been demonstrated to greatly improve the quality of children’s lives in conflict situations. Sport and play activities provide respite from stressful environments, enhance social inclusion, build trust between groups in conflict and promote a culture of peace. Following the large-scale destruction to Nahr el-Barer Camp during the 2007 war, some rebuilding of houses and schools has occurred; however, a lack of safe play spaces negatively impacts upon children living in the camp as well as Nahr el-Barer’s 14 sports teams. Provision for child refugees in Lebanon is currently stretched, and the lack of urgently-needed psychosocial support leaves children’s trauma and environment-related anxieties largely unaddressed. In addition, a lack of social cohesion leads to frequent misunderstandings and distrust between groups. The building of a new play area will provide a child-focused, safe and friendly environment in which children have opportunities to work through aggression and trauma in a positive way and develop beneficial life skills such as peaceful conflict resolution teamwork strategies. The provision of multiple play possibilities within the space will encourage the participation of girls in sport, while the shared, inclusive nature of the space will enable children to play together and social cohesion to develop. The purchase and installation of equipment, including basketball hoops, mini football goals and volleyball nets, will cost £6,000, while the cost of installing lighting for the space will be approximately £2,500 and painting and decorating the site will cost approximately £1,500.