Historical Glimpse

The Joint Christian Committee for Social Service in Lebanon (JCC) is one of the oldest NGOs working with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. JCC is part of the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) founded in 1950. Besides Lebanon, DSPR operates in 4 other regions – the West Bank, Galilee, Gaza and Jordan with a central office for coordination in Jerusalem. Over the years JCC has provided a wide range of services to the refugees in Lebanon, which began with relief work but soon changed its focus to education and vocational training.


Over the years JCC has responded to the changing needs of the Palestinians and their surrounding communities. Since its initiation, JCC built its reputation on vocational training for both women and men. The women were offered dressmaking, embroidery and home-economics which have at present turned to the modern courses of hairdressing, beauty skills and computer courses. Men were offered carpentry, iron works and leatherwork that have at present given way to the current courses of electronics, electrical installation, barbering, computer maintenance and repair, repairing of cellular phones and agriculture- a skill they share with the women.


Education was and continues to be greatly revered by the Palestinian community which caused JCC to start schools and educational centers right after the refugees arrived in Lebanon. The schools spread all over Lebanon and were open to both genders. But decreasing funds caused their gradual closure and in 2012 the last school in the Musaitbeh area of Beirut closed.  However, the need for different kinds of educational opportunities have lead JCC to broaden its scope to supporting children who are at risk of dropping out of school or  those who have had no chance of attending schools. To this end, study centers and tutoring programs have been established in nearly all our centers. The need for adult education has also not gone unnoticed, with literacy classes offered wherever needed. The advent of the Syrian refugees has instigated the introduction of special educational programs and especially for the higher classes.

JCC maintains a firm commitment to the recognition of rights for Palestinians, both within Lebanon and in other regions. Bringing the situation of the Palestinian refugees into the consciousness of people around the world is a major aspect of advocacy that JCC pursues. JCC is also committed to local advocacy and is involved alongside other NGOs in campaigns asking for the basic civil rights the Palestinians should have.



Empowering Palestinians with knowledge and skills that lead to self-reliance and equipping them to be a provider for the family and community while preserving the Palestinian identity, heritage and culture.


Equipping youth with academic and vocational education; leading a dignified life while preserving the Palestinian identity, heritage and culture, and upholding the all important “Right of Return”. Preparing the men and women carry out sustainable community development programs and working restoring harmonious relations between Palestinian and Lebanese communities.

Executive Committee

Mr. Robert Nicolas


Mr. Claude Marji

Vice Chairman

Mrs. Nina Farah


Me. Nawal Boulos


Board Members

Oriental Orthodox Family​

- Brother Andraos Al Antoni
- Father Sarkis Aprahamian
- Mr. Mikhael Dunya

Evangelical Family

- Archdeacon Imad Zoorob
- Rev. Sebouh Terzian
- Mrs. Samia Boulad

Orthodox Family

- Mr. Claude Margi
- Mrs. Nina Farah
- Ms. Afaf Deeb Kandis

Catholic Family

- Mr. Robert Nicolas
- Me. Nawal S. Boulos
- Mr. Simon Al-Shayeb