The targeted children and youth for this project are aged between 0 and 25 years old and are “in situation of street”, which means that they are either living and sleeping in the street, or that they are directly exposed in the street, whether for begging, working, or searching in the garbage. Their families are necessarily included in the project and can also benefit from psychosocial support and medical referrals. ”
This project, implemented in partnership with the French NGO Samusocial International, provides street children and their families with medical and psychosocial support in vulnerable areas of the southern suburbs of Beirut.
An outreach mobile team, composed of one social worker, one nurse, and one driver/social assistant, roams the streets to approach children and youth “in situation of street”. They identify their social and/or medical needs, provide them with needs-based health and psychosocial support, and refer them to Amel centers or to the competent organizations.
Doctor Xavier Emmanuelli (cofounder of Médecins sans Frontières/French doctors and founder of samusocial) created samusocialInternational in 1998 with the mission to support the development of samusocials in big cities around the world, according to the samusocial values, key principles and working method.