Hay El Sellom Development Center
What We Do ?
The area of Hay El Sellom (southern suburb of Beirut, administrative region of Mount Lebanon) is one of the most vulnerable in Lebanon and hosts 10,000 Syrian refugees and 20,000 Lebanese. Amel operates on-site through a health / training center since 1980. In 2014, Amel opened a new center in this area to increase its reception capacity, linked to protection and training activities professional. All activities implemented in the health center, as well as in the protection / training center, target both refugees and Lebanese marginalized host communities.
Language courses, computer courses, awareness-raising sessions on conflict resolution, communication and health, vocational training (sewing, men's hairstyle, assistant nurse), work placement, psychological consultations And recreational activities are set up in the training and protection center, with more than 500 Lebanese youth and Syrian refugees from 15 to 25 years old. These activities are funded by a donor platform, as part of an initiative entitled "Regional Development and Protection Program for Refugees and Host Communities".
Structured psycho-social activities (awareness-raising sessions, games, community events, etc.), related to the protection of children, are being implemented regularly in the center and its neighborhood, with Lebanese children and Syrian refugees, as well as their parents, since the launch of Amel's response to the Syrian crisis in 2012. On an annual basis, there are more than 1200 children and 1120 parents who take part in the protection events organized by Amel in this area. A parent committee and a children's committee are currently being set up. These activities were initially implemented with technical support from UNICEF and have since been financed by the Belgian Embassy.
This Health Center, is under the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs network, which provides primary health care including pediatric, gynecological, obstetric and general health consultations, awareness sessions, prescribing medicines, laboratory tests And medical examinations, screening for malnutrition, and referral to hospital care. Support, linked to family planning (distribution of contraceptives, awareness) is also offered, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health. On average, 1500 patients, Lebanese and Syrian refugees, go to the center per month. These activities are funded by the MAEDI Crisis and Support Center. Exchange and awareness sessions between the Lebanese and Syrian refugees on health and social cohesion are also organized with an average of 25 people on a weekly basis. These activities are financed by the Agence Française de Développement. In addition, a project, including first-aid training and coordination meetings between the agencies involved in health activities in the area, is being prepared with the support of the ICCAPS facility.