Educational project to build lasting peace in Lebanon

Educational project to build lasting peace in Lebanon

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Contribute to inter-and intra-community cohesion in Lebanon to help build a positive peace.

Context

Lebanon is today suffering the full brunt of the fallout from the Syrian crisis. The exodus of Syrians to Lebanon, which the crisis has provoked, has caused an unprecedented increase of 30%, from the end of 2011 to date, of people living in Lebanese territory. This sudden expansion has had a serious impact on the political, economic and social stability of an already weakened country. Because of this, since 2011, the number of people living at-risk has increased by 66% and the unemployment rate has doubled, especially among young people, one third of whom are unemployed. This phenomenon of impoverishment mainly affects Lebanese communities that were already vulnerable before the crisis (particularly affected by 15 years of civil war) to which we must now add Syrian refugees. Violence, sectarianism, radicalism and unemployment have become the common miseries of these populations. Many children and young people are excluded from the education system, and families have no income. Behavioural deviations are spreading through all public spaces and even within families themselves. The regions of Roueisset and Sehailé as well as Hammana where the Soeurs du Bon Pasteur work are particularly exposed to these difficulties.

Objectives

  • Help inter- and intra-community social cohesion in Lebanon
  • Help educate children and young people in the 3 reception centres of the Congregation of les Soeurs du Bon Pasteur
  • Help prevent risk of violence and post-conflict trauma among young people in the Roueisset and Hammana centres
  • Promote the development of a safe, fulfilling framework for children and young people in the Roueisset and Sehailé centres
  • Facilitate the institutional and organisational enhancement of the Soeurs du Bon Pasteur

Beneficiaries

  • 380 children and young people, Syrians and Lebanese, between 7 and 17 years of age, including 150 in Roueisset, 50 in Sehailé and 180 in Hammana
  • 150 women, between 19 and 45 years of age
  • 250 Syrian and Lebanese families
  • 20 employees of the Soeurs du Bon Pasteur

Local partners

In Lebanon, the main task of the Soeurs du Bon Pasteur is to protect young people and promote women by supporting mainly victims of violence and abuse. Their action aims to help and accommodate women and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who often suffer injustice and moral abuse, bothy physical and psychological. To achieve this, the Soeurs du Bon Pasteur have been active for 120 years in Lebanon, and have opened three centres:

  • A social centre northeast of Beirut, in the Roueisset district. This is an historical SBP centre
  • An educational centre/school in the village of Hammana, about 35 km east of Beirut
  • A shelter for girls in the village of Sehailé, 24 km north of Beirut

Actions

  • Organising upgrade sessions and participating in tuition fees and supplies for children
  • Organising social, educational and sporting activities
  • Raising awareness of children and young people and establishing inter- and intra-community activities 
  • Comprehensive care for 50 girls
  • Setting up activities aimed at families (housing and psycho-social monitoring, listening activities aimed at mothers, organising conferences and meetings and introducing French and English sessions for women)
  • Capacity building of SBP social workers
  • Capacity building of the SBP administrative team (fundraising strategy, accounting and financial management, project management, communication and advocacy)

Expected impacts

  • 380 at-risk children and young people to have access to and/or be in a position to stay in the school system
  • Raising awareness among young people of issues related to violence and intercommunity conflict at Roueisset and Hammana
  • 150 highly vulnerable women are emancipated
  • The child/parent bond is re-established and protected in 250 families
  • 50 young women benefit from a protective framework
  • 20 members of the administrative team and social and educational staff are strengthened

Contact

Sabine Mengue Riviere

E-mail: Sabine.mengue-riviere(at)apprentis-auteuil.org

Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 14 60 76

Budget

Expenditures
Investments€ 27,693
Education (schooling, social and educational activities)€ 308,091
Education team - 3 centres€ 567,475
Soeurs du Bon Pasteur - Support team (local partner)€ 310,152
Awareness activities€ 23,005
OSC capacity building€ 30,601
Supplies€ 29,577
Support, monitoring, evaluation by Apprentis d'Auteuil€ 39,350
Administrative costs/miscellaneous/incidentals€ 200,392

TOTAL

€ 1,536,336 
Revenues
Soeurs du Bon Pasteur€ 180,632
Apprentis d'Auteuil€ 14,400
Air Liquide Foundation€ 8,000
Funding sought             € 1,333,304
TOTAL€ 1,536,336

 

 

Apprentis d’Auteuil is a deeply committed catholic foundation, recognized as promoting the public interest in France and in more than 50 countries. Thanks to the expertise and experience of the foundation and their partners, Apprentis d’Auteuil have been able to supervise more than 23.000 children in France and almost 20.000 children and families worldwide. Its main goal is to help youth in difficulty by conducting educational projects and to boost their ability to participate in society as full-fledged citizens by promoting training and insertion programs worldwide. In addition to their actions towards helping vulnerable children, Apprentis d’Auteuil and their partners assist struggling parents in their family obligations, with coeducation as the guiding principle. The key purpose is to improve the management of children under their care and to enable them to grow as free and responsible adults. To make a donation for education – Please contact the foundation for underprivileged children Apprentis d’Auteuil.