500 Children to Everest

April and May 2019, Ghassan Hajjar, a Lebanese athlete, will attempt to climb Mount Everest: 8,848m, the highest point on Earth. The pinnacle of athletic achievement.

Ghassan is known for his extreme adventures, such as the Marathon des Sables 2015 in Morocco’s Sahara, when he also fundraised for AFEL’s 500 children.
For this XTRM CLIMB, XTRM CAUSE, Ghassan is up to a double challenge: The physical challenge and the fundraising challenge.

Every dollar donated will contribute to restoring the life of 500 children, victims of abuse, sheltered at AFEL.


Art Therapy Workshops

AFEL organized several art therapy workshops from candle-crafting to drawing, music, pyrography and embroidery, to help children express themselves and communicate in a better and different way.

Support Groups for Parents

Support Groups for Parents

Thanks to funds from ASMAE, an international solidarity NGO specialized in child development, AFEL created support groups for parents, offering them a place where they can freely express themselves and safely be listened to. Parents were also provided with tools allowing them to face their problems and educate their children in a better way. And for the very first time, AFEL has organized support groups animated by a male psychologist and targeted specifically to fathers in order to heighten their sense of responsibility and commitment toward their child’s action plan.

stress management

Stress Management training

In order to improve their ability to deal with children anxiety, AFEL trained its teams on stress management: a psychiatrist was invited to offer group sessions combining meditation and breathing techniques.

AFEL also held a special training for coping with disruptive and agitated children in the classroom.

mosaic project

Mosaïque Project

Mosaïque project started in 2014-2015 and is financed by the Italian Embassy. Within the frame of this project, AFEL has trained 150 NGOs on the Child Protection Charter, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social affairs and ABAAD which specializes in women’s rights.

AFEL has also provided trainings for the Ministry’s social workers to enable them to assess the implementation of the aforesaid charter within the NGOs.

The official inauguration of the charter was held on November 14, 2016 at UNESCO, under the patronage of the Ministry of Social affairs.

Summer Camps

Over 250 children participated in our summer camps in Jouar and in our day camps in Burj Hammoud and Sin el Fil during the months of July and August 2017.