Garage Sale at Nasawiya

This Saturday, Nasawiya is organizing a garage sale at its cafe from 12 to 5 PM.

It will be so much fun.

That aside, it is an opportunity for you to get rid of all books, clothes, gadgets, hats, DVDs and miscellaneous stuff you have lying around the house. You can also buy cool used stuff from others or exchange.

If you don’t have enough things to sell, you can partner with friends and book one space together.

We do not have many tables so we will be using the floor and some mats to put the stuff on them:)

If you’d like to book a space to sell your stuff, please email or call 01 565442.

See you on Saturday. Will be great!

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Libumu Night- Malagasy Dinner

Join us for a delicious dinner of Malagasy cuisine on Saturday night at the Nasawiya Space, cooked by the talented Jeanne Rasoanirina. At 8 PM.

Open buffet for 20,000 LL and drinks available on demand.


Carotte sy Henomby (beef & carrots), Ravitoto (Cassava leaves), Henasyanana, Veggie Salad, Fried Trondo, Rice, Roasted Chicken & meat (with pea) .

All proceeds (and compliments) go to the cooks! Fabulous Malagasy music beat will accompany the dinner! **** Please click Attending ONLY if you’re coming so we know how much food to make. *****

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One Year Anniversary of Migrant Community Center

One year has passed. Time runs by so quickly!

On September 11, 2011, the Migrant Community Center opened its doors. So much has happened since then. Happy days and less happy ones:) Dozens of events, classes, workshops, meetings, celebrations, cases handled and most importantly, lots people coming in and being connected.

To celebrate this special day, we would like to invite all the people who like us, who have supported us in the past months, who haven’t and would like to now, who have volunteered or visited, who care to see this grow and and garner more love and unity as it does, to join us and make this day a more beautiful one with their presence.

Music, food and good people will make great times!

Be there on Sunday, September 9th from 3 till 7 PM.

Positive energy and folks who hold that are very welcome.

Email for confirmation or directions.

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Silent Vigil for Shanti Rai

Shanti Rai is a Nepalese domestic worker in Lebanon.

She arrived to Lebanon on Feb. 5 2010. She died in Lebanon on Aug. 18 2012. She was 26 years old.

Her body was found hanging in a DVD shop in Antelias.

The employer’s name is Daad Badr. Shanti had been working for her for 2.5 years. In the police report, she mentions, like all other employers who testify in police reports, that she “treats her well”.

In addition:

“Two weeks ago, she told me that she wanted to go to her country. I agreed on that and asked her to wait for a while till I bring a new house workers. SHe accepted that and did not show any upsetting.”

” I am amazed how my house worker has committed this act and hung herself. Twenty minutes have elapsed between the moment I saw her alive and the moment she was dead.”

One week, after Shanti’s death, news was out of another Nepalese worker dead in Tripoli.

Please join us for a silent vigil for Shanti to remember her and honor her death in Antelias, at the shop where she passed away.

Meeting point at Dawra round about at 11:00 am on Sunday. A bus will be ready to drive us to the exact address. We will be back by 1 pm.

Email for questions.

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Free Huge VI

The Free Huggers strike again! This time at Gemmayzeh, this Saturday, September 15th from 7 to 9pm. Gathering at Restaurant Paul’s Corner.
And right after that, the Free Huggers will join us for a fun night at Nasawiya, where they will introduce others about themselves and reveal quite a wonderful surprise to the public at their premises.

Amazing “Free Hugs” T-shirts will be available at $5 each, fully customizable with a plenty of space on the front so you won’t have to miss on your old signs.

Same rules as every time applies:
1. No smoking during the campaign (You can’t hug someone and suffocate them at the same time…)
2. Only invite people that you know are genuinely interested in this and won’t cause trouble.
3. It is preferable that you hug people from your own gender.
4. Ignore rule #3

If you’re new you may want to read:
The Illustrated Guide to Free Hugs

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Trivia Night

6 Categories, 5 questions each, so 30 questions in total.
You can only participate in teams, minimum of 2 and maximum of 4.
There’s a very interesting prize package for the winning team.
Come along, sign up your team and have as much beer and drinks as you can. All the returns of course, will go to our space.

PS: Funny hosts needed. Let us know if you are interested in making trivia night fun and possibly a monthly thing.

Happening on Friday at 7 PM. Check the fb link!

Women’s Right to Abortion in Lebanon

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, we publish this position paper on abortion rights in Lebanon. The Arabic translation will be available on Monday, October 1.

Every woman has the right to life, bodily integrity, the highest level of reproductive health, privacy, self-determination, dignity, personal liberty, and the right to live free from violence, discrimination, and torture. Nasawiya believes in women’s right in Lebanon to access safe and legal abortions under the highest levels of reproductive health attainable. This includes removing all legal restrictions to providing information on safe abortions and post-abortion care, in addition to decriminalizing healthcare providers and women seeking abortions.

Click here to download the position paper: Women’s Right to Abortion in Lebanon [PDF]. Please note that the amended version was updated on October 3, 2012.

The Migrant Communities’ Handicrafts Market

Join us on Sunday October 7th for the first ever Migrant Communities’ Handicrafts Market! There will be beautiful handmade crafts, paintings, coffee, food and other great items on sale! Ten Asian and African communities will have stands full of goodies for you to choose from!

5 to 9 PM.

Get your friends and loved ones and come have a delicious dinner. Too many options to chose from.

Email or for more info.

Or call 06 951 9211.

Venue: Nasawiya – Medawar Bldg, Fleming Street, off the Mar Mikhael main road, Beirut, Lebanon

Film Screening: Historias Mínimas- Intimate Stories

Film nights continue this week!

We will be screening Historias Mínimas (Intimate Stories), this coming Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Nasawiya Cafe in Mar Mkhayel, first right after Pub Chaplin.

Description:  Three people travel from their small home town into the outside world in search of answers and adventure in this bittersweet comedy drama. Don Justo (Antonio Benedictis) used to run a market in a small community in Southern Argentina, but failing eyesight and the loss of his driver’s license has led him to retire. However, when he learns that the dog he lost several years ago was seen in San Julian, the closest significantly larger city, Don Justo sets out to find his dog, determined to travel to San Julian on foot if no other transportation is available.

Roberto is a traveling salesman who is infatuated with a woman whose husband, one of his clients, has recently passed on. Hoping to win her heart, Roberto decided to bring a birthday cake to her child’s birthday party in San Julian; however, his search for the ideal cake is complicated when he realizes he isn’t sure if the child is a boy or a girl.   Maria (Javiera Bravo) is a wife and mother who has been struggling to hold her family together after her husband lost his job. Maria is invited to appear on a television game show, and hopes to win the grand prize of a new food processor, but while lady luck at first smiles on her, fate has slightly different plans.

Historias Minimas received its American premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Directed By: Carlos Sorin

Written By: Pablo Solarz

Duration: 92 minutes

Year: 2005

Subtitles: English

Join us:)

Monthly Info Session 1.1 – Arbitrary Detention and Migrant Workers

Anti Racism Movement will be hosting a monthly info session, every second Monday of every month (We’ll have facebook events to remind you, don’t worry)

The second info session will be on Arbitrary Detention and Migrant Workers in Lebanon.

Whether you don’t know much about the subject or think you know it all, we urge you to come, you might learn something new

Info session guest speaker:
Donna El Hindi from the Monitoring & Advocacy Program of ALEF and the ALEF researcher on arbitrary detention

Donna will be speaking on arbitrary detention and in what ways it is different for a Lebanese who’s arbitrarily detained without any law governing or allowing this and for a migrant/asylum seeker being detained under the 1962 law.
We all also open the discussion to talk about what can we do to counter this and work on it.

Date: Monday, December 10
Place: T Marbouta’s Library (Hamra, near Laziz & 24/7)
Time: 7:00pm until 8:30pm