A Step Towards Equality: the First Girls’ Scout in Ein El Helwe Camp
“The goal is to maintain a fostering and nurturing environment,” Nahida Halime, the “Return Generation Scout” regiment leader, indicated when describing the aim of this Scouts group’s establishment.
About a year ago, in May 2015, Social and Cultural Nashet Organization started the initiative of establishing a Girls’ Scout in Ein El Helwe Camp. The Return Generation Scouts is the first girls’ scout group to be established in the camp and it has set a template for others working in the field of social work. This initiative was born out of the effort to offer the girls the support they need to sustain the needed skills to combat their daily struggles. What started as a small 20- member Scout has now grown into a fully organized regiment of 120 fully fledged members. The girls’ ages start at seven and continue to rise as new members join. Like other well-established scouts, the Return Generation has its ranks that include Flowers, Riders, Cubs, and Leaders. The leaders were trained by a well-known trainer, Nasir ElSaleh, and had obtained an internationally acclaimed degree which allows them to pass on their training to others. In addition, they have established a Music group that participates in the Scouts’ and the organization’s activities and events.
One of the main goals of this Scouts group is to help moderate the behavior of the girls in need of psycho-social support. In order to obtain that a move towards merging the Palestinian girls and the Syrian ones was taken, successfully. This group of girls regularly participates in coordinated activities, celebrating national events, and environmental events. They especially work on harboring a sense of patriotism.
On the 19th of the current month, the group held a Ramadan Breakfast in the ِAlFager club for about 120 members. The event aimed to enhance the relationship between the girls and to create a connection between their events as scouts and their daily life. This is their second annual Ramadan Breakfast they hold. Their current Ramadan Schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays between three and four.
This initiative is considered one of a kind in the camp because it directly aims to empower girls and give them a position traditionally granted to boys their age. The organization set this model in hope to inspire and guide other civil society organizations to follow suit.