Caritas Lebanon is an organisation founded in 1972 in Saïda (southern Lebanon), and officially authorised in 1976, to serve the poorest without any discrimination, throughout Lebanon.
At the outset it provided only humanitarian assistance but was obliged to intervene in various areas and diversified its activities. These include medical, social, socio-pastoral, assistance to refugees and migrants, emergency intervention, reconstruction, rehabilitation and economic development.
Caritas Lebanon provides a remedial and preventive health service via its medical and social centres, which are spread throughout Lebanon, while its mobile clinics travel up and down the country, especially in rural areas.
Social work is one of the organisation’s priorities, aimed at respecting the dignity of the most vulnerable people. Various centres and projects have been set up for the protection and promotion of disadvantaged children, as well as for children with specific needs. Various activities and clubs are dedicated to the elderly.
‘Caritas Jeunes’ is a movement that brings together volunteers from 16 to 36 years of age and works to spread the Church’s social teaching. With a view to strengthening their commitment to socio-pastoral action, training courses are organised.
Caritas Lebanon offers all kinds of humanitarian assistance to migrants at its Migrants Centre. Advocacy actions are carried out in collaboration with the Lebanese authorities, UN agencies, embassies and overseas delegations regarding respect for human rights.
Caritas Lebanon is always ready to intervene in emergency situations. Therefore, since the onset of the Syrian crisis in March 2011, it has provided sustained assistance to Syrian refugees.
Caritas Lebanon sets up economic development projects in order to contribute to the development of the most vulnerable communities and individuals in rural areas by making them self-sufficient.
Caritas Lebanon works in cooperation with government ministries and authorities and various non-governmental organisations. At international level and beyond the Caritas Confederation network, several partnerships are in place with the European Union, UN agencies, USAID and other organisations.
Caritas Updates from Lebanon
Over three million Syrian children have dropped out of school since the crisis began. Caritas is working in Lebanon and Jordan with Syrian refugees, to help children get back to school.
Caritas Lebanon Info
|Postal Address||Immeuble Caritas Liban Siège Central
Rue Dr Youssef Hajjar
Kalaa – Sin el Fil – Lebanon
BP 16 5274 Beirut, Lebanon
|Telephone||+961 1 499 767|
|Fax||+961 1 494 713|