Mehdi Eidi Health, Social & Development Center - Mashghara
What We Do ?
Located in the Bekaa region on the Eastern slope of Mount Niha, Mashghara village is well-known for its diverse population forming a kind of “small Lebanon” with a variety of confessional representation. The village comprises 10.000 inhabitants in winter and up to 16.000 people during week-ends and summer. Mashghara is central to many towns and villages in West Bekaa. Nearby, lie the Villages of Aitana, Ain el Tineh, Saghbine, Jeb Jennine, Qaraoun, Kherbet Kanafar and Jawzeh among others. In the Mashgharah catchment area, there are 70,000 Syrian refugees and 56,000 host community citizens. In 2010, Amel expanded its activities in the West Bekaa region. Thanks to the support of Mrs. Rabha Eidi and her family the center of Hajj Mehdi Saleh Eidi Centre was opened. This new facility was built to answer to the needs of the underprivileged population living in the region. The center has been / is providing the following activities
Varity of activities funded by UNICEF are implemented with children at Mashgharah center aiming at “Strengthening the engagement of children, families and communities affected by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon in practices protecting them” including psycho-social component with children aged 6-15 which aims to build their resilience and coping mechanisms towards everyday struggles. 8,100 children will benefit from PSS activities across the Amel centers in 2017. Another component is the awareness sessions and parenting skills with men and women aim to raise awareness about key child protection issues.
The center medical units provides general consultations, provision of drugs (and vaccination covered by the MOPH / UNICEF within the framework of national campaigns), social counseling, consultations (generalists, gynecologist, obstetrician, dermatologist, pediatrician and exceptional cases as for the physiotherapist), awareness sessions and referral in collaboration with Medico international. In the mobile medical unit, a project funded by Medico covers the following components: provision of drugs (and vaccination covered by the MOPH / UNICEF within the framework of national campaigns), social counseling, general consultations, awareness sessions and referral. The average number of consultations per month is 500. Vulnerable beneficiaries are accessing the consultations for free and are representing less than 9% of the caseload.
Both refugees and host communities youth benefit from livelihood project funded by the French embassy including: English, and computer literacy, vocational training in addition to work related experience (internship, community services). They also benefit with additional beneficiaries from the psychosocial support (recreational activities, life skills training and psychological counseling)