The Hana Naas Center for Women and Children(HNC) operated during the summer of 2011 in Tataouine Tunisia. The center hosted programs for women and children among the those displaced by war in the Western Mountains of Libya, primarily Zintan and Nalut. The HNC programs sought to treat, engage and empower during the critical time of war by providing a holistic solution including physical activity and education with special attention to emotional and psychological well-being among the community members.
The HNC made possible through a generous donation of a well appointed grade-school from Tataouine ministry of education and generous volunteers that acted as teachers, craft makers, cooks, and therapists for the center. The center also employed a staff of nine from within the locals and refugees. Together, the team transformed the school into the “Hana Naas Center for Women and Children” (HNC). The HNC ran programs offering sports, arts and crafts, a sewing workshop, coaching workshops, daily physical activities, one-on-one therapy, snacks and dinners, as well as three buses that ran from the camps to the HNC every morning and evening. The HNC served roughly 40 families every day, and operated for two months.
Hana Naas was a prominent advocate of education reform and women’s empowerment. She founded “Tibra”, an education endowment and scholarship program for promising young Libyan women. Ms. Naas lost her life to cancer June, 2011. May God bless her soul, and help us keep her spirit alive through her work.
Please visit the HNC Facebook Page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hana-Naas-Center-for-Women-Children/229860027034606?sk=timeline