Looking out onto a lemon orchard is the south-facing window of the Saida Vocational Training Centre. The view of the golden fruits and the smell of citrus wafting on the air transported me back to holidays on the island of Cyprus, just 155 miles away from here.
On the other side of the orchard was a less familiar sight. Ein El-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp, housing over 120,000 people in just one square mile, is notorious for its ongoing political violence, high rates of unemployment and its poor living conditions. 40% of the students attending the centre were from this camp.
Muslim Hands supports a variety of education projects across the world including vocational training centres, purpose-built schools for orphans and educational facilities in emergency locations.
Established in 1996, Muslim Hands South Africa is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.