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Partner of the Week: YMCA Lebanon

Posted in Partner of The Week on July 25, 2018

The YMCA of Lebanon is a non-profit organization, founded in 1890, working to serve the needs of children. Today, the organisation runs a comprehensive national development approach that benefits the most disadvantaged and marginalized population in Lebanon by addressing their needs in education, child protection, health and medical support and economic support.

The organisation also runs extensive programs on environmental protection and preservation, agriculture, rural development, capacity building, youth activities, good governance and vocational training in order to best serve the Lebanese community as a whole.

Since 2010, YMCA Lebanon has been a leading partner of Aflatoun in Lebanon and is currently working with schools in: Beirut, Batroun, Zahle, Saida, Tyre, Tripoli, Hamana and Hasbaya. In 2017, they trained 138 Aflatoun teachers and facilitators and through this partnership, they reached 10,780 children and youth in Lebanon last year.

 

 

In close collaboration with the Lebanese University and Lebanese International University, funded by the Kahane Foundation, YMCA Lebanon has trained a group of Lebanese and Syrian youth champions who together have reached 1,400 vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian children with the Aflatoun programme in schools, orphanages, camps and on the street.

With our Aflatoun club in Nabaa we collected some money, and we decided as a group that we wanted to buy bread and food for poor people in our neighbourhood." — a 10-year-old Aflatoun beneficiary from Nabaa Beirut, Lebanon.

The YMCA recently started organizing Aflatoun clubs together with municipalities. The Sin-El-Fil municipality recognized the activity’s positive effect on the social cohesion and decided to actively support the expansion of the programme. They are now working on developing a municipality network to support financial education and life skills (FELS) in their region.

For more information about YMCA Lebanon click here. If you are interested in joining our global movement click this link: aflatoun.org/join/

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