Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon

by Developmental Action without Borders/Naba'a
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Activities for girls
Activities for girls

In 2015, world leaders recognized that gender equality is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development [2], and the fifth goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women because they are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. In this context, women's participation in the development of their local community is an essential means for achieving sustainable development, and an end to achieving gender equality.

Improvement is One of the fundamental elements of development while in gender practice, is often disagreement about what constitutes an improvement while in comparison with local practices in Akkar region, we recognize the following;

Family income; man is considered the first breadwinner for the family, and this intersects greatly between both the Syrian communities and the Lebanese host community, where the local community disavows the efforts of the woman, even if she works in agriculture side by side with the man, bu t she is considered as a secondary assistance (72% of Akkar residents live on less than $110 a month, and 20% of them live on less than $40 a month) [1]

Literacy rate (women and men): The level of education of the population provided another form of social inequality. The illiteracy rate is particularly high in the north, especially in the Akkar district and in the far south. Illiteracy among women draws a wide veil that covers all areas, except for the districts that contain large cities, such as Sidon, Zahle and Tripoli.

The sectarian dimension of this division is very strong, because these rural areas have a large Muslim population. On the contrary, the map of university degree holders gives dominance to the central regions of the country. It is through inequality in access to education that the unbalanced development of the country can be read. The parties are still very much outside the modern world. Because of the weak economic development, these areas remain highly dependent on the state, which remains the only entity that provides job opportunities and equipment of public interest in time the whole country is facing the worst type of economic deterioration since 2019.

 

Naba’a Achievements; During the last period, The most highlighted achievements during the last period;

-          We at Naba’a are doing all we can to help all affected communities during this extraordinary crisis. Our assistance efforts go to all: Lebanese, refugees and others who were affected without distinction. The devastating impact of the explosion is compounding the challenges currently faced by Lebanese and refugees and adding even more difficulties as families were struggling to survive with the economic crisis that was exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.

  • Around 3020 Youth and adolescents (70% females) involved in the life skills program including different topics such as (Communication skills, leader ship skills, how to protect themselves from abuse, reproductive health, peer to peer, human rights, child rights, women rights, etc…).
  • Nabaa’ provided inclusive education for 3210 boys and girls of school age (6-12 years) in the Palestinian camps and Syrian gatherings in Lebanon (Tripoli, Saida, Tyre, Nabatieh) “In line with UNRWA's educational reform and MEHE curriculum to support the education of refugee’s children from Syria, Palestinians or Syrians.
  • Children and women have been targeted in psychosocial activities as the following, 3051 children (males and females) and 550 parents most of them are women, including, vulnerable Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian refugees. Whereas, in Borj Al Shamali camp 555 children (males and females and 220 parents including (Lebanese, Syrian Refugees and Palestinian refugees).
  • It is worthy to note that, two child friendly psychosocial spaces were established at two UNRWA clinics (one in Ein El Helweh and one in Wadi El Zeni), where 2350 children whom their families access UNRWA clinics participated and joined the activities in these spaces.
  • Teachers started to adapt, cope and learn an applicable learning methodologies with regard to distance learning in order to refine a continuous level in serving students with stressing on ensuring that every student will get an opportunity to participate and express throughout the virtual classroom in addition to support parents in technological skills. Since greeting all students with their names played a vital role in enhancing students’ engagement and commitment as they stated to feel that they belong to the classroom no matter how and where the learning process takes place.
  • 219 children aged 4-6 years who are Palestinian, Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria have enhanced their educational and social skills, along with 2809 female and 15 males of parents and caregivers have gained knowledge on different social, educational, emotional, and psychological skills. A change in attitude and behavior of parents has been noticed during the scholastic year, where they become more aware in how to deal with their children.

Case Study;

                     I.            Beneficiary profile

  1. Code: UN26
  2. Date of birth: 1986
  3. Nationality: Lebanese
  4. Sex: Female
  5. Referred by: Social Worker
  6. Reason for referral: isolation,psychological stress, crying.
  7. Risk level: High

 

                   II.            The Social Status of the Beneficiary

Married

Divorced

Widow

 

X

 

 

Number of children

male

female

1

0

1

 

 

                 III.            The educational level of the beneficiary

Illiterate Elementary Intermediate High school University

Professional/Technical

                IV.            Economic and living situation of the beneficiary

  1. Work: Unemployed Unstable Stable
  2. Type of work: --

 

  1. Is he/she receiving financial assistance? No
  2. Family income: good average low bad
  3. Nature of the residence: Land lord Rent Number of rooms:3
  4. Does anyone else live in the house with the family: The beneficiary moves around three houses (she live with her sisters and brother’s house).

Additional Observations on the Living Situation of the Case:

The living and economic situation of the beneficiary is terrible as she doesn’t work, also her father and mother dead from 5 years, she moves from one house to another (from her sister’s house to her brother’s house) and also their economic situation is very bad.

                  V.            Health/psychological situation:

 

Beneficiary

Family

Is there any impairment/disability (blindness, autism...)?

No

 

Are there any physical disabilities?

No

 

Are there any medications that the beneficiary takes on an ongoing basis?

No

 

Is there a previous psychological preview?

No

 

Is there a neuropathy?

No

 

Does the beneficiary undergo any type of drug abuse?

No

 

 

The method of spotting the case:

The beneficiary’s case was observed during her participation in awareness sessions, covering topics related to gender-based violence(GBV).

- Summary of the background/history of the beneficiary andthe problem suffered from:

After observing the beneficiary’s situation through her participation in awareness sessions, she began talking openly about her situation she began crying among the Psycho Social Support group members (group of mothers), where she talked about the consequences of early marriage that she faced and suffered from. This early marriage led to many health, social and psychological problems.

 

Psychological and Social Symptoms Observed:

- Community isolation (spends days without communicating or meeting with a family or friend)

- Feelings of permanent sadness (most of the time)

- Constant crying

- Fear of facing people

- Loss of self-confidence and loss of trust in people

- Sleep disorders (insomnia)

- Eating disorders

 

Data Collection Method:

Data is collected through the psycho-social support sessions and awareness sessions given, as well as follow-up via the telephone.

   Intervention and follow-up Methods:

Social intervention:

  • Integrate in PSS activities with groups of participants of her age to improve her social life.

 

  • Awareness sessions about three main topics:

 

Topics

Aim of each topic

Early marriage

 

- know that ''Early Marriage" is a kind of violence

- Reasons of early marriage and its consequences on girls on different aspects (physical, psychological, social…)

- The role she can play as "Girl" to stop this Marriage

- Mechanisms to reduce early marriage

Gender-based violence

 

- The aim is to define the different kinds of violence

- Reasons and consequences of violence,

- Realize that gender inequality is the root cause of gender-based violence

- Stages of problem solving based on problem-solving and decision- making methodology.

Gender equality

 

- To aware about the equity and gender equality,

- Analyze the consequences of gender discrimination,

- To know the role of girls in promoting equal rights and responsibilities

 

 

 

  • Psychosocial support sessions how to deal with risks,

Attending the PSS sessions allows her to deal positively with her daughter especially when she faced problems with her husband.

  • Individual sessions to give her awareness about how to deal with her daughter and how to deal with stress.

 

Psychological intervention:

Number of psychological sessions :

5

Objectives:

Improvement for self-esteem and self-confidence, reduce negative emotions

 

Recommendations:

- Follow-up meetings with the psychologist through individual sessions on a weekly basis

- Continue participating in the sessions that she had begun as a recommendation by the social worker and at the request of the beneficiary herself.

-Searching for a work suitable to her.

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Positive Parenting
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Background during and after the implementation of the project;

After conducting a field survey in the Bourj Hammoud area, the problems were identified and categorized as materialistic, social and psychological.

Materialistic problems: Before the explosion, the living and economic situation in Lebanon, in general and specifically, in Bourj Hammoud area already was not that good, and then the explosion occurred and caused the situation to deteriorate more. The losses were embodied by the destruction of homes, shops and private companies in addition to the inability of getting the basic needs for living (securing foodstuff ...) that were discovered through field and home visits by social workers in the Bourj Hammoud area, and this situation in turn has led to the emergence of many problems that fall under the social problems

Social problems: As a result of the materialistic losses that occurred in the region, the level of unemployment increased after the destruction of the work and livelihoods of the citizens, and thus led to the emergence of high cases below the poverty line.

In addition to the emergence of various cases of bullying, and violence that manifested in different forms between members of the society in general and the families specifically.

Psychological problems: all the factors that were previously mentioned, material and social problems, especially the explosion, which had a major role in the emergence of psychological problems and disorders for a large segment of the population of Burj Hammoud, which are manifested by the symptoms of several disorders like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks ... Where it appeared on individuals of different ages, whether they were children, adults, or elderly, it affected everyone who was near to the explosion.

Naba’a Achievements; During the last period, The most highlighted achievements during the last period;

  • We at Naba’a are doing all we can to help all affected communities during this extraordinary crisis. Our assistance efforts go to all: Lebanese, refugees and others who were affected without distinction. The devastating impact of the explosion is compounding the challenges currently faced by Lebanese and refugees and adding even more difficulties as families were struggling to survive with the economic crisis that was exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.
  • 3240 parents and caregivers motivated to be engaged in their children learning and well-being.
  • The psychosocial support sessions focused on groups, as they were formed by referring service applicants who were visited in their homes, and the groups were divided into:
  • The women's groups, which included 75 women, were divided into 5 groups, 10 women within the each group. in these groups it also included 23 men. The following conducted activities were art therapy, psychological drama, psychological and social support activities, and parental therapy. Among 50 women 57 were referred for follow-up by a psychologist as part of individual psychological support sessions for each beneficiary.
  • The division of the groups of children's sessions were according to age (6-14):

-Art therapy sessions for children aged 6 to 10 years

- Psychosocial support "sessions for children "She deals or “I deal with awareness sessions for girls and boys from 11 to 14 years old

- Psychosocial support sessions for all age groups

  • 100 children were targeted, divided into groups according to social and psychological needs. The psychologist referred 30 new children for individual follow-up.
  • It is worthy to note that, two child friendly psychosocial spaces were established at two UNRWA clinics (one in Ein El Helweh and one in Wadi El Zeni), where 2350 children whom their families access UNRWA clinics participated and joined the activities in these spaces.

 

Case Study;

Beneficiary profile

  1. Code: R1
  2. Date of birth: 2003
  3. Nationality: Syrian
  4. Sex: Female
  5. Referred by: Social Worker
  6. Reason for referral: self-harm,   isolation, psychological stress
  7. Risk level: High
  8. Social status; Divorced

 

Notes: The beneficiary is currently married to someone else and has no children.

Economic and living situation of the beneficiary

  1. Work: Unemployed Unstable Stable
  2. Type of work: Stitching

 

  1. Is he/she receiving financial assistance? No
  2. Family income: good average low bad
  3. Nature of the residence: Landlord Rent hosted   tent
  4. Number of rooms: 2
  5. Does anyone else live in the house with the family: The beneficiary and her husband live with her parents and her siblings

Additional Observations on the Living Situation of the Case:

The living and economic situation of the beneficiary is terrible as the family of 8 members live in a house consisting of only 2 rooms which lacks the basic home furnishings.

Summary of the background/history of the beneficiary and the problems suffered from:

After observing the beneficiary’s situation through her participation in awareness sessions, she began talking openly about her situation among the Psycho Social Support group members (group of girls aged 14-20), where she talked about the consequences of early marriage that she faced and suffered from, as she was forcibly ordered by her father to marry a man when she was 15 years old. This early marriage shortly led to family problems and complications including constant insults to her by the husband's parents, leading her to divorce few months after her marriage.

Moreover, after her divorce, she received insults from her own family who considers divorce as a shame and a social defect, where the mother told her, "You are just a divorced girl and so you are with us to serve us."

All that has been addressed and said to her had led to the emergence of high-risk psychological symptoms.

Psychological and Social Symptoms Observed:

- Community isolation (spends days without communicating or meeting with a family or friend)

- Feelings of permanent sadness (most of the time)

- Constant crying

- Fear of facing people

- Loss of self-confidence and loss of trust in people

- Sleep disorders (insomnia)

- Eating disorders (anorexia)

- Nail biting

- Hair cutting (self-torture for revenge)

- Harming her body by cutting off her wrists and arms

Data Collection Method:

Data is collected through the psycho-social support sessions and awareness sessions given, as well as follow-up via the telephone and home visit.

   Intervention and follow-up Methods:

Intervention was conducted in the following ways:

  • Awareness sessions (early marriage, gender-based violence, gender versus sex)
  • Psychosocial support sessions (SHE DEAL), how to deal with risks
  • Art therapy sessions (your strengths and weaknesses, fears and sources of strength, your position in society, expression of emotions)
  • Referral to the psychologist for follow-up

 

Recommendations:

- Follow-up meetings with the psychologist through individual sessions on a weekly basis

- Continue participating in the sessions that she had begun as a recommendation by the social worker and at the request of the beneficiary herself (awareness sessions, art therapy sessions, social psychological support sessions).

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Background during and after the implementation of the project;

After conducting a field survey in the Bourj Hammoud area, the problems were identified and categorized as materialistic, social and psychological.

Materialistic problems: Before the explosion, the living and economic situation in Lebanon, in general and specifically, in Bourj Hammoud area already was not that good, and then the explosion occurred and caused the situation to deteriorate more. The losses were embodied by the destruction of homes, shops and private companies in addition to the inability of getting the basic needs for living (securing foodstuff ...) that were discovered through field and home visits by social workers in the Bourj Hammoud area, and this situation in turn has led to the emergence of many problems that fall under the social problems

Social problems: As a result of the materialistic losses that occurred in the region, the level of unemployment increased after the destruction of the work and livelihoods of the citizens, and thus led to the emergence of high cases below the poverty line.

In addition to the emergence of various cases of bullying, and violence that manifested in different forms between members of the society in general and the families specifically.

Psychological problems: all the factors that were previously mentioned, material and social problems, especially the explosion, which had a major role in the emergence of psychological problems and disorders for a large segment of the population of Burj Hammoud, which are manifested by the symptoms of several disorders like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks ... Where it appeared on individuals of different ages, whether they were children, adults, or elderly, it affected everyone who was near to the explosion.

Naba’a Achievements; During the last period, The most highlighted achievements during the last period;

  • We at Naba’a are doing all we can to help all affected communities during this extraordinary crisis. Our assistance efforts go to all: Lebanese, refugees and others who were affected without distinction. The devastating impact of the explosion is compounding the challenges currently faced by Lebanese and refugees and adding even more difficulties as families were struggling to survive with the economic crisis that was exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.
  • 3240 parents and caregivers motivated to be engaged in their children learning and well-being.
  • The psychosocial support sessions focused on groups, as they were formed by referring service applicants who were visited in their homes, and the groups were divided into:
  • The women's groups, which included 75 women, were divided into 5 groups, 10 women within the each group. in these groups it also included 23 men. The following conducted activities were art therapy, psychological drama, psychological and social support activities, and parental therapy. Among 50 women 57 were referred for follow-up by a psychologist as part of individual psychological support sessions for each beneficiary.
  • The division of the groups of children's sessions were according to age (6-14):

-Art therapy sessions for children aged 6 to 10 years

- Psychosocial support "sessions for children "She deals or “I deal with awareness sessions for girls and boys from 11 to 14 years old

- Psychosocial support sessions for all age groups

  • 100 children were targeted, divided into groups according to social and psychological needs. The psychologist referred 30 new children for individual follow-up.
  • It is worthy to note that, two child friendly psychosocial spaces were established at two UNRWA clinics (one in Ein El Helweh and one in Wadi El Zeni), where 2350 children whom their families access UNRWA clinics participated and joined the activities in these spaces.

 

Case Study;

Beneficiary profile

  1. Code: R1
  2. Date of birth: 2003
  3. Nationality: Syrian
  4. Sex: Female
  5. Referred by: Social Worker
  6. Reason for referral: isolation, psychological stress
  7. Risk level: High
  8. Social status; Divorced

 

Notes: The beneficiary is currently married to someone else and has no children.

Economic and living situation of the beneficiary

  1. Work: Unemployed Unstable Stable
  2. Type of work: Stitching

 

  1. Is he/she receiving financial assistance? No
  2. Family income: good average low bad
  3. Nature of the residence: Landlord Rent hosted   tent
  4. Number of rooms: 2
  5. Does anyone else live in the house with the family: The beneficiary and her husband live with her parents and her siblings

Additional Observations on the Living Situation of the Case:

The living and economic situation of the beneficiary is terrible as the family of 8 members live in a house consisting of only 2 rooms which lacks the basic home furnishings.

Summary of the background/history of the beneficiary and the problems suffered from:

After observing the beneficiary’s situation through her participation in awareness sessions, she began talking openly about her situation among the Psycho Social Support group members (group of girls aged 14-20), where she talked about the consequences of early marriage that she faced and suffered from, as she was forcibly ordered by her father to marry a man when she was 15 years old. This early marriage shortly led to family problems and complications including constant insults to her by the husband's parents, leading her to divorce few months after her marriage.

Moreover, after her divorce, she received insults from her own family who considers divorce as a shame and a social defect, where the mother told her, "You are just a divorced girl and so you are with us to serve us."

All that has been addressed and said to her had led to the emergence of high-risk psychological symptoms.

Psychological and Social Symptoms Observed:

- Community isolation (spends days without communicating or meeting with a family or friend)

- Feelings of permanent sadness (most of the time)

- Constant crying

- Fear of facing people

- Loss of self-confidence and loss of trust in people

- Sleep disorders (insomnia)

- Eating disorders (anorexia)

- Nail biting

- Hair cutting (self-torture for revenge)

- Harming her body by cutting off her wrists and arms

Data Collection Method:

Data is collected through the psycho-social support sessions and awareness sessions given, as well as follow-up via the telephone and home visit.

   Intervention and follow-up Methods:

Intervention was conducted in the following ways:

  • Awareness sessions (early marriage, gender-based violence, gender versus sex)
  • Psychosocial support sessions (SHE DEAL), how to deal with risks
  • Art therapy sessions (your strengths and weaknesses, fears and sources of strength, your position in society, expression of emotions)
  • Referral to the psychologist for follow-up

 

Recommendations:

- Follow-up meetings with the psychologist through individual sessions on a weekly basis

- Continue participating in the sessions that she had begun as a recommendation by the social worker and at the request of the beneficiary herself (awareness sessions, art therapy sessions, social psychological support sessions).

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Background during and after the implementation of the project;

After conducting a field survey in the Bourj Hammoud area, the problems were identified and categorized as materialistic, social and psychological.

Materialistic problems: Before the explosion, the living and economic situation in Lebanon, in general and specifically, in Bourj Hammoud area already was not that good, and then the explosion occurred and caused the situation to deteriorate more. The losses were embodied by the destruction of homes, shops and private companies in addition to the inability of getting the basic needs for living (securing foodstuff ...) that were discovered through field and home visits by social workers in the Bourj Hammoud area, and this situation in turn has led to the emergence of many problems that fall under the social problems

Social problems: As a result of the materialistic losses that occurred in the region, the level of unemployment increased after the destruction of the work and livelihoods of the citizens, and thus led to the emergence of high cases below the poverty line.

In addition to the emergence of various cases of bullying, and violence that manifested in different forms between members of the society in general and the families specifically.

Psychological problems: all the factors that were previously mentioned, material and social problems, especially the explosion, which had a major role in the emergence of psychological problems and disorders for a large segment of the population of Burj Hammoud, which are manifested by the symptoms of several disorders like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks ... Where it appeared on individuals of different ages, whether they were children, adults, or elderly, it affected everyone who was near to the explosion.

Naba’a Achievements; During the last period, The most highlighted achievements during the last period;

  • We at Naba’a are doing all we can to help all affected communities during this extraordinary crisis. Our assistance efforts go to all: Lebanese, refugees and others who were affected without distinction. The devastating impact of the explosion is compounding the challenges currently faced by Lebanese and refugees and adding even more difficulties as families were struggling to survive with the economic crisis that was exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.
  • 3240 parents and caregivers motivated to be engaged in their children learning and well-being.
  • The psychosocial support sessions focused on groups, as they were formed by referring service applicants who were visited in their homes, and the groups were divided into:
  • The women's groups, which included 75 women, were divided into 5 groups, 10 women within the each group. in these groups it also included 23 men. The following conducted activities were art therapy, psychological drama, psychological and social support activities, and parental therapy. Among 50 women 57 were referred for follow-up by a psychologist as part of individual psychological support sessions for each beneficiary.
  • The division of the groups of children's sessions were according to age (6-14):

-Art therapy sessions for children aged 6 to 10 years

- Psychosocial support "sessions for children "She deals or “I deal with awareness sessions for girls and boys from 11 to 14 years old

- Psychosocial support sessions for all age groups

  • 100 children were targeted, divided into groups according to social and psychological needs. The psychologist referred 30 new children for individual follow-up.
  • It is worthy to note that, two child friendly psychosocial spaces were established at two UNRWA clinics (one in Ein El Helweh and one in Wadi El Zeni), where 2350 children whom their families access UNRWA clinics participated and joined the activities in these spaces.

 

Case Study;

Beneficiary profile

  1. Code: R1
  2. Date of birth: 2003
  3. Nationality: Syrian
  4. Sex: Female
  5. Referred by: Social Worker
  6. Reason for referral: self-harm,   isolation, psychological stress
  7. Risk level: High
  8. Social status; Divorced

 

Notes: The beneficiary is currently married to someone else and has no children.

Economic and living situation of the beneficiary

  1. Work: Unemployed Unstable Stable
  2. Type of work: Stitching

 

  1. Is he/she receiving financial assistance? No
  2. Family income: good average low bad
  3. Nature of the residence: Landlord Rent hosted   tent
  4. Number of rooms: 2
  5. Does anyone else live in the house with the family: The beneficiary and her husband live with her parents and her siblings

Additional Observations on the Living Situation of the Case:

The living and economic situation of the beneficiary is terrible as the family of 8 members live in a house consisting of only 2 rooms which lacks the basic home furnishings.

Summary of the background/history of the beneficiary and the problems suffered from:

After observing the beneficiary’s situation through her participation in awareness sessions, she began talking openly about her situation among the Psycho Social Support group members (group of girls aged 14-20), where she talked about the consequences of early marriage that she faced and suffered from, as she was forcibly ordered by her father to marry a man when she was 15 years old. This early marriage shortly led to family problems and complications including constant insults to her by the husband's parents, leading her to divorce few months after her marriage.

Moreover, after her divorce, she received insults from her own family who considers divorce as a shame and a social defect, where the mother told her, "You are just a divorced girl and so you are with us to serve us."

All that has been addressed and said to her had led to the emergence of high-risk psychological symptoms.

Psychological and Social Symptoms Observed:

- Community isolation (spends days without communicating or meeting with a family or friend)

- Feelings of permanent sadness (most of the time)

- Constant crying

- Fear of facing people

- Loss of self-confidence and loss of trust in people

- Sleep disorders (insomnia)

- Eating disorders (anorexia)

- Nail biting

- Hair cutting (self-torture for revenge)

- Harming her body by cutting off her wrists and arms

Data Collection Method:

Data is collected through the psycho-social support sessions and awareness sessions given, as well as follow-up via the telephone and home visit.

   Intervention and follow-up Methods:

Intervention was conducted in the following ways:

  • Awareness sessions (early marriage, gender-based violence, gender versus sex)
  • Psychosocial support sessions (SHE DEAL), how to deal with risks
  • Art therapy sessions (your strengths and weaknesses, fears and sources of strength, your position in society, expression of emotions)
  • Referral to the psychologist for follow-up

Recommendations:

- Follow-up meetings with the psychologist through individual sessions on a weekly basis

- Continue participating in the sessions that she had begun as a recommendation by the social worker and at the request of the beneficiary herself (awareness sessions, art therapy sessions, social psychological support sessions).

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Background during and after the implementation of the project;

Resulted from the previous assessment conducted by Nabaa directly after Beirut explosion, Lebanon needs a reliable crisis management strategy, people must be encouraged to take care of their physical and mental health, and new initiatives are necessary on several levels.

Nabaa started continue its intervention after the explosion where the resulted psychological symptoms were well managed through several appropriate services. Because the traumatic event triggers the symptoms and there is a chance that the symptoms will "turn on" again in the future, Nabaa’s intervention was extended for another short period of time.

Walking into a refugee camp is like walking into a desperately overcrowded slum. The camps are only one kilometer long and accommodate between 25,000 and 37,000 people. Refugees struggle for even the most basic of needs. For electricity, families must string live wires to dozens of other wires, above the tiny walkways around the settlements. Every few weeks, someone gets electrocuted. Many houses are about to collapse, and most people needing care are not able to access hospital treatment. Those most seriously ill die.

Corona virus outbreak was the biggest challenge Nabaa faced due to the strict safety guidelines that were taken and followed while conducting home visits and following up with beneficiaries, as well in implementing activities with groups and municipalities to protect our employees and beneficiaries. Therefore, the sessions were provided remotely, especially after the general lock down.

Based on our follow-up of the targeted beneficiaries, more than 150 home visits were made to the affected families

Naba’a Achievements; During the last period, The most highlighted achievements during the last period;

  • We at Naba’a are doing all we can to help all affected communities during this extraordinary crisis. Our assistance efforts go to all: Lebanese, refugees and others who were affected without distinction. The devastating impact of the explosion is compounding the challenges currently faced by Lebanese and refugees and adding even more difficulties as families were struggling to survive with the economic crisis that was exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.
  • 1120 parents and caregivers motivated to be engaged in their children learning and well-being.
  • The psychosocial support sessions focused on groups, as they were formed by referring service applicants who were visited in their homes, and the groups were divided into:
  • The women's groups, which included 50 women, were divided into 5 groups, 10 women within the each group. in these groups it also included 10 men. The following conducted activities were art therapy, psychological drama, psychological and social support activities, and parental therapy. Among 50 women 20 were referred for follow-up by a psychologist as part of individual psychological support sessions for each beneficiary.
  • The division of the groups of children's sessions were according to age (6-14):

-Art therapy sessions for children aged 6 to 10 years

- Psychosocial support "sessions for children "She deals or “I deal with awareness sessions for girls and boys from 11 to 14 years old

- Psychosocial support sessions for all age groups

  • 100 children were targeted, divided into groups according to social and psychological needs. The psychologist referred 30 new children for individual follow-up.
  • It is worthy to note that, two child friendly psychosocial spaces were established at two UNRWA clinics (one in Ein El Helweh and one in Wadi El Zeni), where 2350 children whom their families access UNRWA clinics participated and joined the activities in these spaces.

 

Case Study;

The symbol is AAA

Date of birth: 1982

Gender: Female

Nationality: Syrian

- Number of family members: 7 (two girls and three boys)

 

About her life :

The woman lives with her family of 7, two girls and three boys, and her husband in a small rented home. They used to live in Syria but after the war, they left Syria and flee to Lebanon. However, they did not find a decent life where some were bullying them, which made her feel stressed and tense. After they moved from one area to another, they finally settled in Burj Hammoud area, they remained in the area for months before the explosion broke out, as they were financially and psychologically affected. One of her children (10 years) didn’t face any psychological issues until the explosion occurred. After the explosion, he started having hearing problems, fearing everything, and urinary incontinence. This had a negative impact on the mother that led her to cry all day long.

They left the old house due to the destruction took place after Beirut’s blast and moved to a small house. The mother suffers from psychological problems, such as insomnia and eating disorders. Their psychological condition is not stable.

 

Economic situation:

The economic situation is execrable. They can’t afford purchasing the most basic needs for the children, including food, water, and house rent. Their situation is appalling, especially after Port of Beirut explosion. They also do not have any furniture in the house. They sleep on old mattresses on the floor, they do not have an electricity or internet connection because they cannot pay for these supplies, and the power only comes for two hours. So, during the daylight, the family members use a candle instead of power.

 

Health status:

The case lived under pressure due to the traumas that she had experienced. She also has two children who are suffering from urinary incontinence. This leads to an even worse economic situation. As she can’t meet the health needs of diapers or medicine.

 

Social status:

Social status is fine in the family. There are no problems between the mother and her spouse, or even with the neighbors. On the contrary, the neighbors like and defend them, especially when the landlord threatens to evict them. The neighbors didn’t allow such incident to happen, and talked to the owner to give them some time to pay rent.

The issues she suffers from:

Economic problems: expelling the family from the house - their inability to meet the needs of the house, such as food, drink, clothing, or even medicine.

Psychological problems, the most important of which are: insomnia, eating disorders, sadness, anxiety, fear, self-blame.

Intervention:

• Home visits to consolidate the relationship

• Transfer to cash assistance to pay the rent and was assisted with amount of $ 150

• Giving the family food assistance (food parcels – hygiene kits)

• Individual psychological support activities to alleviate the stress

• Psychological support activities to be shared with local community

-      Transfer the case to a psychologist in order to release stress

Recommendations:

-      Follow up on psychological support sessions and awareness sessions

-      Follow-up on psychosocial support activities

-      Follow up with a psychologist

-      Follow up on her children psychologically

-      Home visit

-      Transfer children to psychological support activities

Online Learning support
Online Learning support
Raising Awareness session for women
Raising Awareness session for women
Recreational activity for girls
Recreational activity for girls
Distributing food kits for female headed household
Distributing food kits for female headed household
Psychosocial activity for girls
Psychosocial activity for girls

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Developmental Action without Borders/Naba'a

Location: Saida, South - Lebanon
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Project Leader:
Qassem Saad
Saida, South Lebanon
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