Tabliyit Massaad, Lebanon
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Supporting, caring and entertaining the elderly while creating an environment to invest their energy. Educating children and young adults about healthy living and protecting themselves from all pollutants that are harmful to their health and their environment. Providing health care to the citizens through the provision of medical inspection and medicine and other supplies. Raise the level of health in environments where public safety conditions are not available. Provide job opportunities for young people through specialized training, which takes into account the mental and physical characteristics and respects human dignity.
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Rania Afif, born 1972, grew up in Marjeaoun and took upon herself to start Bayte Baytak, the non profitable organization to help and serve it’s people. Her bright vision and hard work upon this organization has allowed her to start social and charity events.
Heaven’s Joy Association Heaven’s Joy (Bonheur Du Ciel) Association is a spiritual apostolic, charitable and social, non-political and non-profit association, duly registered before the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities and licensed according to memorandum and notification No. 396 dated March 27, 2008. Some of the association’s activities include but are not limited to: Drug Addicts Treatment Centers: The outbreak of addictive substances and substances which affect the spirit and which is influencing the category of youth of different ages, has become a major threat endangering the world. What adds to its severity on society is the intensive increase in the invention and production of drugs in a community as small as the Lebanese community. Faced with this dangerous reality that our youth are going through, it is necessary to set up practical plans which coincide with their needs and help them in adopting a drug-free life Joy of Heaven Association aims at helping every person in pain within programs and specialized centers which meet the needs of the community as a whole. Including “Beit Allah Mahabba” Center (“God is love” Home Center) for the homeless, Nour El Sama (Light of Heaven) Club for the disabled and elderly, and centers specialized in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug-addicts. Joy of Heaven Association receives every male and female drug-addict in need of therapy and of being free from dependence to drugs. The adopted therapy at the rehabilitation center is therapy by faith “Christo therapy” because we believe that Jesus Christ is the greatest physician and at the same time we work on guaranteeing a balanced evolution of all intellectual, psychological, physical and social levels for the beneficiaries within the therapeutic community. Love, faith, mercy and justice are the basis of all the available rehabilitation stages and services. The period of rehabilitation that the addict spends aims at helping him overcome the problem of addiction and at reintegrating him in society. There is nothing impossible if the addict discovers the will of God in his heart and becomes determined to live. The therapy section includes two specialized centers: - Qaryat Al Ensan Center for the rehabilitation of young male addicts in Maaysra Area – NahrIbharim – it accommodates around 40 young men. - Qaryat Mariam Center for the rehabilitation of young female addicts in Ghosta Area – Harissa – it accommodates around 22 young women. Therapeutic journey: The start at the reception center: After preparation of the addict at the reception desk and working with him on consolidating the idea of rehabilitation and the importance of starting a new life free of drugs, the person joins the rehabilitation program of Qaryat Al Ensan and Qaryat Mariam and there is an explanation of the importance of the program which helps the addict become free of his addiction and walk towards recovery. The adopted period of treatment extends between 10 to 15 months. Nour El Sama (Light of Heaven) Club: Nour El Sama (Light of Heaven) Club was launched under the patronage of Archbishop George Saliba, Archbishop of Beirut and Mount Lebanon for Syrian Orthodox and Mr. Antoine Gebara, Head of Jdeideh-Sed Municipality on April 22, 2010. It offers diversified services such as psychological treatment, social assistance, teaching writing and reading “literacy”, drawing, playing music, expressionist dance, theater, etc…) in addition to a restaurant so everyone could eat our daily food as one family with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord. Majd El Sama (Glory of Heaven) Center for the Disabled: Under the patronage and with the attendance of Archbishop KerlesBustros, the association honored the artist Wadih El Safi on February 14, 2012, for his great contributions for Lebanon. There was the inauguration of the Home of the disabled for the care and rehabilitation of the disabled which provides its services free of charge for the persons in need and those with limited income, under the supervision of medical specialists. “LebnanYaQot’etSama” Taxi (Lebanon Peace of Heaven Taxi) Under the patronage and with the attendance of Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, the association also launched the project of “LebnanYaQot’etSama” Taxi on February 18, 2012, which provides the service of transportation to the disabled with special needs to and from their therapy centers and other locations for meeting their needs which require a means of transportation and of course free of charge. The taxi is under the management of Nour El Sama Club. “Beit Allah Mahabba” for the homeless” It is a center for the reception of the homeless who have no shelter and who have been rendered homeless and beggars on the streets because of tough conditions. The center accommodates eighteen people and provides them with shelter, one meal per day and two meals on Sunday. They can also wash their clothes in addition to other basic homehold needs, in addition to care and spiritual guidance. “Beit Farah El Sama” (Joy of Heaven Home): “Beit Farah El Sama” for music was also inaugurated under the patronage of Mr. Antoine Gebara, Head of Jdeideh Municipality at the old municipality building. It aims at receiving children who wish to learn music, drawing and handicrafts free of charge.
The founder Yvonne Chami In 1975, at the very beginning of the 20 year Lebanese civil war, Yvonne Chami returned to Beirut after spending six years as a nurse in Vietnam working in very difficult conditions. She accepted a position in the pediatric section of a hospital in Beirut and discovered a disturbing reality. Children were faced with disabilities that could have been prevented, their families were without support and were falling apart, and the country with its lack of resources was unable to provide a proper response to this serious situation. The raging crisis of war compounded issues of priority, produced a lack of assistance and offered little hope for disabled children and their families. Yvonne then envisioned and brought to life the dream of: “Supporting disabled children, from birth until death, thus allowing them to lead a life of dignity, which in turn would bear witness and carry the message to others.” Yvonne Chami A nurse, midwife and social worker of Lebanese nationality. In 1976, SESOBEL was founded to serve disabled children and their families in Lebanon. In 1992, Anta-Akhi (You are My Brother) was founded to care for the disabled as they age. In 2000, she founded “Handicap et Vie en Eglise” to guarantee the acceptance of the disabled in the life of the church. Recipient of the "Mme Figaro" prize in 1993. Her Motto: “Together, the impossible becomes possible." Common Introduction SESOBEL is a non-governmental organization founded in 1976 by Yvonne Chami, for the welfare of the child with disability and his family. SESOBEL takes all possible steps to implement a coherent and monitored service of assisting children with disability and to accompany their families as partners in facing life’s challenges , and works equally hard with all elements of society for them to recognize the value, dignity, and respect for children with disabilities. More than 800 children suffering from intellectual and/or motor disabilities or from autism, are taken care of in terms of medical, social, educational, rehabilitation, and human assistance. Our Mission For over 40 years, SESOBEL has taken all possible steps to implement a coherent and monitored service of assisting children with disability and to accompany their families as partners in facing life’s challenges. SESOBEL has worked equally hard with all elements of society for them to recognize the value, dignity, and respect for children with disabilities. The child : Most programs for the care of disability are generally limited to specific services. At SESOBEL,, we believe in a multi-faceted approach. At SESOBEL, every child is unique and an appropriate program that meets their specific needs is designed for them. We use a holistic , interdisciplinary approach, which takes into account the child's needs on every level, be it related to health,society,education,rehabilitation,recreation,relationships,living environment, integration, rights, or any other aspect of their lives. SESOBEL helps children with disability lead a happy and hopeful life despite the difficulties that come with disabilities by ensuring :
The family : In addition, our efforts are carried out with the future in mind so that we can, together with their family, ensure a secure future for the child with disability. SESOBEL provides sufficient family support so the children with disability remain in their family environment. It is essential to :
As a partner, the family is central to SESOBEL's philosophy. From the moment the families arrive at SESOBEL, they are given support in order to strengthen and preserve their unity. The society: SESOBEL works on challenging the society to respect the child with disability and acknowledge its right to a dignified life, regardless of the nature of his disability.
This is why we believe that everyone’s life, even the disabled, is worth being lived as a celebration, because Love is enduring and because you are my brother
The “ahlanwasahlan” restaurant was founded in 1983 in Lebanon, following the mass exodus of families from the mountains east of Saida who sought refuge in Christian areas. A group of people of good will, including a group of women from Sin el Fil supervised by Mrs. Antoine Kazan, found it necessary to open a free restaurant in order to accommodate the largest possible number of new people in need. The first restaurant opened its doors in 1983 in Sin el Fil, a suburb east of Beirut, under the "AhlanWaSahlan" name, or "Welcome." It was located in a former school next to three populous districts: Sin el File, Nabaa and BourjHammoud.
The women who devoted themselves to this work were cooking at home, brought meals to the school and ensured the service and the wellness of the guests. This initiative attracted the attention of a number of well-doers who subsequently upgraded the restaurant by transforming the school yard and equipping it with all the necessary material. "AhlanwaSahlan" was by then providing 4 meals per week to 400 or 500 adults, and on Saturdays to some 800 children. The restaurant also offered breakfast to 800 students from two primary schools in Sin el Fil, three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In 1988, The Ministry of Interior received notice of the constitution of the association ‘Les Restaurants Du Coeur” by official note registered on the 18th of August 1988. In 1992, the restaurant relocated to a new location that was co-founded by the friends of the “Restaurants du Coeur’ and Issam Fares.
Over time, 16 restaurants had opened their welcoming doors throughout the country.
Today, the Nabaa Restaurant, still called “Ahlanwasahlan”, caters to hundreds of children by offering them breakfast on every single day, as well as lunch for the elderly. The restaurant also opened a club where people can have their hair cut, choose from a rack of clothing generously offered by our donators, watch some TV, documentaries, and even get medical guidance and assistance. Supporting these beneficial and long-standing initiatives, “L’amicale des restaurants du Coeur” also financially assists 13 groups of volunteers who in different regions offer cooked food to more needy people.