Regeneration of the refugee settlement of Thebes began in 1984 with the full participation of the inhabitants. The settlement houses 750 people in 296 dwellings. Housing is a fundamental problem and the regeneration programme deals with this as the central problem linking other crucial issues such as unemployment, health, education etc. Emphasis is placed on involving the inhabitants in the process and retaining their cultural identity. Plans are drawn up for each house individually with the full participation of the families who are also involved in the construction process wherever possible. Space is allocated throughout the settlement for shops and services and cultural activities as well as open spaces. Funding is mainly from the local authority.
Local government, local community