photo by Marit Fonn (Norwegian Journalist), Mada Center, Saida, Lebanon 2015
1-Psycho-motor sessions with women, and teachers:
Women acquire new skills in dealing with the children in remarkable methods and exercises, and new methods in healthy nutrition. Also individual counseling takes place after the sessions. The sessions succeeded in making changes in women’s lives. Many were inspired by the success stories of women who attended the sessions and became independent, confident, and motivated by the inner sources of strength they discovered within themselves.
2-Adult Education (illiteracy classes for women and drop-outs):
An average of 10 women and 15 children are benefiting from the classes on monthly basis. UNRWA and Public Lebanese schools have reached maximum capacity of receiving children within the Syrian crisis and this affects the problem of drop-outs in a negative way over the children from all nationalities. Msscf succeeds every year to assist annually approx. 20 women to find simple jobs according to their humble qualifications. Those women became able to help their families economically even under the bad economical circumstances of the area.
3-Awareness raising workshops:
Conducted on monthly basis about women rights, domestic violence, discrimination, self-confidence, gender based violence, protection & Abuse, communication &active listening, simplified CEDAW convention, etc..
Each workshop attracts an average number of 10 to 15 women.
4-Educational psycho-therapeutic workshops:
Educational psychology workshops that address mother’s psycho-therapeutic and psycho-motor capacities, alone as well as in tandem with their children, to help them understand their children’s conditions/circumstances and develop long-term coping strategies. These workshops start with every scholastic year and ends in June. It helps mothers understand their children’s needs, and makes them aware of their inner strong resources. The program tackles mainly the development of the children and the mothers’ methods and techniques in dealing with them. It helps them enhance their attitudes and dealing with their children. It improves their methods of coping with problems and difficulties in raising up their children in using educational methods. These workshops are conducted twice monthly with mothers of children who has learning difficulties and behavioural problems.
5-Training of community social workers: The community social workers managed to work in the Mental Health program in a networking system that connected the schools with Mada community center and the families. The follow ups and the visits contributed in establishing a successful relationship between MSSCF and the local community.
Annually more than 600 visits are conducted to the families to follow up the cases.
6-Weekly Individual Counseling sessions by an educational psychological consultant at both MSSCF schools through the school year. Besides, the collective and individual counseling for teachers periodically. This helps is evaluating the children’s states of behavior and pedagogical difficulties with the teachers. Coordination between the Mental Health Program Director and the Educational Consultant is always conducted to ensure a good network amongst the programs, the schools, Mada center and the clinics, and the local NGOs in case of referring and receiving cases.
7-The Academic Support program for children:
The Academic support program started in 2009. It was implemented in Saida National School and Natasha National School, and was addressed to children in the elementary level; 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.
The children were recruited to attend ASP according to the problems that they are facing:
2-Language and speech problems.
This program is funded by the students of Jessheim Senior High School from Norway.
8-The Norwegian Embassy Project “Emergency Action Plan for Syrian Refugees residing Saida” 2013-2014-2016:
The purpose of this project is to alleviate the living conditions of Syrian refugees and Palestinian marginalized communities in Lebanon. The Norwegian Embassy is funding the project. The project started in April 2013 and ends in April 2016.
The activities of the project are:
- Receiving 1500 Palestinian and Syrian refugee families from Syria at MSSCF three clinics.
- Inclusion of 150 children at MSSCF schools.
- 12 raising awareness workshops for refugee mothers and mothers from local community, to enhance communication and coexistence.
During the first two years MSSCF received more than 9000 refugees from Syria and they benefited from the primary health care services. And the services exceeded the 20.000 services in the health section.
Summary about MSSCF’s work with refugees from Syria
–Free campaigns by MSSCF medical team and Inkaz to gatherings and camps of refugees to offer free diabetes tests, blood pressure tests, and affordable medicine when cases are in need.
-Chronic diseases’ refugee patients are registered at YMCA through the clinics of MSSCF and they can get free monthly medication.
-The emergency project with the Royal Norwegian embassy had a great impact on the local and refugees’ communities. It assisted 150 children on the educational level by receiving them at MSSCF schools. The students were included among the local children and they received a normal curriculum education. As for their English language, they attended concentrated courses at Mada center to have the basics of English and mathematics.
The project started April 2013 and it will end in April 2016. Till March 2015, it assisted a total number of 9.000 patients with 20.000 services provided on the primary health care services level. The direct number of beneficiaries reached 1.500 families. The services included: consultations, lab tests, ultrasound, drugs /medication, and medical glasses.
-The raising awareness workshops for mothers from refugees and local community decreased the tension among children and families. It helped them to have better acceptance and empathy.
At Mada community center, Msscf receives refugee children who are not accepted at schools due to either No IDs or they are already drop-outs from Syria. A total number of 300 children were at Mada center from the beginning of the crisis and MSSCF managed to refer 45 children to UNRWA and public schools from the center.
MSSCF always receives donations of clothes and blankets from the local community of Saida and this helped a total of 600 families during the year 2014 (both the locals and the refugee communities.).