Who We Are

Founded in 1976, AFEL is a non-political and non-confessional organization recognized by the Lebanese State by virtue of the 1977 Decree No. 97 AD, and declared of public utility as of 1987. AFEL has since taken under its wing more than 5,000 children, enhancing the daily lives of countless people and giving entire generations the means to become autonomous and responsible adults through a unique holistic approach which incorporates the family in the child’s rehabilitation process.

40

Years
& going strong

70

Employees looking
after the children
and their families

5000+

Children
since 1976

500

Children
cared for
in 2016

1.4

Million US$
annual budget
in 2016

AFEL, Restoring childhood since 1976

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AFEL celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

Let us rejoice with the founders of AFEL at the long path traveled to this day and its fruitful result: more than 5,000 children nurtured into autonomous and responsible adults. Let us rejoice with our loyal donors, friends, and volunteers who keep us going with their constant generosity and unshakable support. Let us rejoice with our teachers and staff, the true mainstay of AFEL, for their precious partnership, limitless devotion, and unmatched affection towards our children.

Offering Children A Brighter Future Since 1976

We grew up to become independent & autonomous adults.
AFEL gave us the opportunity to reintegrate into society as empowered beings!

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AFEL’s Partners

  • The Ministry of Social Affairs
  • The Ministry of Education
  • ASMAE
  • Philippe Hatem Foundation For A Happy Childhood
  • Liban Canada Fonds (LCF)
  • The Italian Embassy (Mosaique Project)
  • Murex
  • Child of Lebanon
  • Touch

Violence, Abuse, Exploitation, And Neglect Affect The Majority Of Children Living In Lebanon.

Of AFEL’s Children:

85%

Live among violent families

75%

Have parents who suffer from drug addiction

63%

Have serious difficulties at school

50%

Have parents with psychological disorders

43%

Lack medical care and proper regular nutrition

AFEL Programs

AFEL PROGRAMS are divided into two categories:

Caring for the children directly by providing a shelter home for abused children, an after-school safe center, a remedial school, a youth club and a summer camp.

  • Schooling & Boarding:
    194 in its centers as follows:

– 42 children were welcomed in Jouar boarding house: these children are mistreated and abused by their families and staying at home represents a threat to their development, if not their life. At Jouar, they benefit from full psychological and educational support.

– 15 of those children attended a specialized remedial school* at Jouar el Baouchek.

– 72 children were sent to a specialized remedial school* at Burj Hammoud.

– 80 children benefitted from after-school support and a daily meal at Sin El Fil center which focuses on preventing delinquency and child labor.

Caring for the children’s families and community to ensure the children get the needed support at home and in their community.

  • Scholarship support:
    160 children received financial aid and psychological and social support at home.
  • Social counseling:
    136 children who had a brother or sister in our centers were assisted and followed up on by a social worker and psychologist, all year long.

* Both remedial schools at Jouar and Burj Hammoud are accredited by the government and provide a specialized educational, psychological, and relational follow-up as well as speech therapy to children unable to pursue the classic school program. They are also the only schools in Lebanon free of charge.

YOU WILL NOT

Afel gives children the tools to overcome violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

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AFEL’s latest activities & projects

During the 2015-2016 school year, thanks to donations from our friends and partners, AFEL was able to care for 500 children and accomplish several projects aimed at improving children’s situation in Lebanon.

Art Therapy Workshops

AFEL organized several art therapy workshops from candle-crafting…
Support Groups for Parents

Support Groups for Parents

Thanks to funds from ASMAE, an international solidarity NGO specialized…
stress management

Stress Management training

In order to improve their ability to deal with children anxiety,…
mosaic project

Mosaïque Project

Mosaïque project started in 2014-2015 and is financed by the…

Summer Camps

Over 250 children participated in our summer camps during the…

Help Us Make A Difference

Today more than ever, AFEL needs you! Give our children a chance to a brighter future.

Donate

Today more than ever, AFEL needs you! Give our children a chance at a future they never dreamt of. Any donation, even a modest one, can make a difference! Thank you for supporting AFEL’s cause.

Contact us

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Address.
Youssef Karam str.
P.O.Box. 55-273 Sin el Fil – Lebanon
T. +961 (0) 1481690
EMAIL. info@afel.org.lb
WEBSITE. www.afel.org.lb
FB. @afel.liban

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Invite A Speaker

Invite a Speaker is a new initiative to raise awareness by partnering with schools, universities, and businesses in Lebanon to enrich their corporate social responsibility programs. Invite a Speaker allows you to invite a member of AFEL to come speak to your employees and let them know how they can take part in the protection and education of underprivileged and abused children.

Sponsor a Child

Offer a child the possibility to escape the dangers of the streets or child labor by enabling them to join one of our centers. Sponsorships vary from US$2000 to US$7000 per year, depending on the centre. Please do ask us for more information

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Afel Atelier Craft Shop Special Orders

Put Our Atelier To Work!

Our craft shop is ready to receive your special orders, skillfully executed by mothers in need under the supervision of Jacqueline Abboud, Nawal Arcache, Ghida Choucair and Nadine Mokbel.

Raise Awareness

Invite a Speaker is a new initiative to raise awareness by partnering with schools, universities and businesses in Lebanon to enrich their corporate social responsibility programs. Invite a Speaker allows you to invite a member of AFEL to come speak to your employees and let them know how they can take part in the protection and education of underprivileged and abused children.

A Life That Flourished Beautifully

Afel offers the warmth and love a family brings to each and every child. We make sure every child finds his/her way in life.

They are never another number; we know them by name.
Bashir, Georgette, Wissam, Kevin and Isabelle are among those children who successfully flourished.

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