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LEBANON

Why Lebanon?

Lebanon is home to the largest number of refugees per capita in the world; and at present, the country is grappling with an economic collapse that's leaving three-quarters of its 6.7 million population below the poverty line. The 12-year-long conflict in Syria has forced nearly 2 million Syrian refugees (including those unregistered) into Lebanon, in addition to the 500,000 existing Palestinian refugees. Over the years, most Syrian refugees in Lebanon have been deprived of official registration, attaining refugee status, having stable living conditions, education, and adequate and sustainable support. Therefore, since launch, we made it a priority to work in this volatile environment and provide various psychosocial programming, conflict-resolution support, and emergency relief to not just the many in-need Syrian refugees but also the Lebanese host community. 

Our Program Supports:

We work closely with our local partners to provide support through four pathways.

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Advocacy & Awareness

At ART OF HOPE, we strive to use our voice and global network to advocate for the emotional and psychological well-being of refugees as we believe that the invisible wounds of war, displacement and loss should not be forgotten.

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Program Development

At ART OF HOPE,  we work closely with our local partners in the field to develop the most effective programming for those who serve. We spend weeks, sometimes months studying the crisis at hand, examining the best strategies, and designing tangible, sustainable, and scalable programming that can deliver effective change.

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Capacity Building

At ART OF HOPE we strive to create programming that's complimentary and sensitive to the socio-cultural nuances of the communities served while also empowering for our local partners and caregivers. In addition, we believe that mental well-being is for all - therefore, we take pride in providing support for our therapists and caregivers in addition to our beneficiaries by ways of unique and personally curated mindfulness programming.

Rescue Me

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RESCUE ME NGO has been a trusted partner and friend in Lebanon since 2016 with a concentrated focus on the marginalized refugees and vulnerable host communities in Beirut and surrounding areas.

 

Together we have:
 

  1. Conducted tailor-made and uniquely curated Art Therapy workshops and classes for children, teens and adults fleeing the war in Syria and ISIS since 2016. 

  2. Conducted one-on-one therapy and group therapy for refugees and vulnerable members of the host community since 2016.

  3. Engaged in family intervention, emergency support, and conflict resolution among the refugees and members of the host community.

  4. Provided training of trainers (TOT) across Lebanon.

  5. Provided one-on-one therapy for our local partners and caregivers affected by the deadly earthquake in Southern Turkey / Northern Syria.  

  6. Provided training of trainers for our Arabic-speaking partners in Southern Turkey.

  7. Mastered the use of ART OF HOPE's Arabic Positive Affirmation Cards for children and providing training for caregivers for its use. 

LEBANESE YOUTH NETWORK (LYN) has been a trusted partner and friend in Lebanon since 2017 with a concentrated focus on the marginalized refugee communities and vulnerable host communities in Arsal, Baalbek, Aanjar, the Beqaa Valley and Beirut. 

 

Together we have:
 

  1. Conducted tailor-made and uniquely curated Art Therapy workshops and classes for children, teens and adults fleeing the war in Syria and ISIS since 2018.

  2. Conducting one-on-one therapy and group therapy for refugees and vulnerable members of the host community since 2018.

  3. Engaged in family intervention, emergency support, and conflict resolution through arts and sports activities among the refugees and members of the host community.

  4. Training of trainers across Lebanon.

  5. Emergency relief distributions since 2017 including ART OF HOEP's annual blanket drive as well as the 2020 Beirut Explosion task force.

  6. Main partner for ART OF HOPE's nation-wide "Circus For Hope".

Lebanese Youth Network

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Multi Aid Programs

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MULTI AID PROGRAMS (MAPS) has been a trusted partner and friend in Lebanon since 2018 with a concentrated focus on the marginalized Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in the Beqaa Valley.

 

Together we have:
 

  1. Conducted tailor-made and uniquely curated Art Therapy workshops and group therapy for children, teens and adults fleeing the war in Syria and ISIS since 2018.

  2. Conducting educational and sports summer camps for children and teens since 2018. 

  3. Conducting one-on-one therapy and counseling, as well as family intervention support for Syrian refugee teens. 

  4. Providing isolated emergency medical and educational support for Syrian refugee teens and their families. 

  5. Training of trainers across Lebanon.

  6. Providing capacity building training for Syrian refugee caregivers since 2018. 

UTOPIA and AOH partnered in  2017 with a concentrated focus on the marginalized refugee and host  communities in Tripoli. 

 

Together we have:
 

  1. Provided family intervention and emergency support for vulnerable refugee communities in Tripoli.

  2. Conducted field research and assessment in Tripoli, Beqaa and Northern Lebanon.

  3. Ran advocacy campaigns surrounding the mental health and trauma-relief needs of refugees.

  4. Ran advocacy campaigns surrounding urgent conflict-resolution needs between the members of the refugee and Lebanese host communities. 

  5. Providing isolated emergency relief support for Syrian refugees and marginalized members of the host community.

Utopia

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Lebanese Red Crescent

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LEBANESE RED CRESCENT has been a trusted partner and friend in Lebanon since 2017 with a concentrated focus on the marginalized refugee communities living in the unofficial refugee camps across Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. 

 

Together we have:
 

  1. Conducted tailor-made and uniquely curated emergency relief programming for children, teens and adults fleeing the war in Syria and ISIS since 2018.

  2. Engaged in family intervention, emergency support, and conflict resolution through arts and sports activities among the refugees and members of the host community.

  3. Training of trainers across Lebanon.

  4. Emergency relief distributions since 2017 including ART OF HOEP's annual blanket drive, emergency food drive, emergency medical kit drive, and health care relief efforts for children and youth.

  5. Conducted field research and assessment across the Beqaa Valley.

  6. Ran advocacy campaigns surrounding the mental health and trauma-relief needs of refugees.

On August 4, 2020, a deadly explosion at the port of Beirut killed nearly 200 individuals, injured thousands more, and damaged the capital. Since our launch in 2016, ART OF HOPE has been a vocal advocate & support provider for the mental health, trauma-relief & psychosocial needs of war-torn refugees in Lebanon, the host country of over 1.2 million refugees.

 

In the aftermath of one of the deadliest explosions in history, ART OF HOPE worked hand in hand with our local partners on the ground to provide emergency medical kits as well as medical and psychological first aid to some of the most marginalized refugees and members of the host community affected by the blast.

In partnership with one of our long-standing local partners in Lebanon, Lebanese Youth Network, we provided 300 families in Karantina - one of the most impoverished port communities with medical & hygiene kits. These kits included safety essentials like masks, sanitizers, first-aid equipment, and personal hygiene products. Prior to our emergency aid distribution, our volunteers at LYN went door to door to assess the unique needs of these families in an effort to organize additional aid distribution based on their specific needs. In total, we managed to support 1000 individuals in this mission and will be conducting follow ups based on each family's urgent and specific needs. In partnership with another one of our local partners, One Pulse and in accordance with all Covid safety restrictions, Art Of Hope will be sponsoring a 3 - month - long trauma-relief, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for a group of +60 teenagers affected by the Beirut blasts. The sessions also include workshops to boost the teen's confidence, self-esteem, and mindfulness amidst one of the most challenging times in Lebanon.

Beirut Explosion Emergency Response

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