Four months after the Beirut blast, ASC, with the help of Imam Sadr Foundation, continued their work in affected areas and decided to help 14 families in a manner similar to what they had done before. We chose the families that needed the most help physically and psychologically. These families were located in Sed el Baouchrieh, and on the 7th of December, Imam Sadr Foundation visited the 14 families and, like before, asked a few questions for assessment and gave them vouchers for assistance. The questions that were asked were different this time, as it had been a while since the [...]
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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is a continuous project that includes activities enjoyed by children, such as painting self-portraits and discussing these portraits once finished. On the 16th of December, our social worker decided to let the children paint and get creative with the activity. While painting themselves, they started talking about their likes and dislikes, past experiences with their parents, and things that are on their minds. After finishing, they started explaining why they painted themselves the way that they did and how they felt while painting. However, some kids might feel like the painting they did was [...]
Every year during Christmas, ASC spreads joy and happiness by distributing gifts to children inside and outside of the Assyrian community. This year was even more special since we received help from L’Orient Le Jour and Université Saint-Joseph (USJ) in the form of 400 gifts donated for children. Volunteers were asked to pick up the gifts from the USJ campus in Beirut; 400 gifts were loaded and wrapped to be ready before Christmas eve. Everyone in ASC took part in the preparation for the big event: wrapping gifts, preparing invitations for families, taking precautionary measures against COVID-19, and making sure [...]
The people of Lebanon have faced hard times since late 2019 with the start of the revolution, the rise of the dollar's price, and the devaluation of the Lebanese pound. Things were made worse by COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown measures. A lot of people found themselves out of work, without an income, while others maintained low-income jobs. The majority of people found it hard to adjust to the situation. ASC members took it upon themselves to help people from the start. Volunteers gathered themselves and started preparing food baskets for 800 families. Then, starting February 2020, ASC switched to food [...]
MHPSS, also known as Mental Health and Psychological Support, is support that people receive to protect their mental health. We believe that children are the future, which is why ASC has been working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since 16 November 2020 to support children's mental health, especially that the struggles of many go unnoticed by parents. Our MHPSS project divides children into three groups according to their ages. Each group attends an hour and a half session, where its members participate in relevant activities that are mindful of social distancing. On average, our sessions are attended by 30 to [...]
Continuous effort is needed when working with people that require special help and attention, which is especially true for many affected by the Beirut blast. For this reason, we combined our efforts with the Imam Sadr Foundation and chose four families in critical need of psychosocial support from a specialist. On November 4, 2020, a social worker from the foundation, with the help of a volunteer, went on house visits and managed to talk to the families. Family members were able to express how they felt and what they were going through. The specialist was then able to support them [...]
After the Beirut port explosion, we collaborated with the Imam Sadr Foundation to tend to some of its victims. On October 5 , 2020, we decided to contact needy families that were affected by the blast to help them. The help focused on psychosocial support and basic needs. We asked them a couple of questions to assess whether anyone was in need of psychological help. These questions are taken from the the Institute for Development, Research, Advocacy and Applied Care's (IDRAAC's) Arabic adaptation of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). For example, we asked whether they still enjoyed doing [...]
Beirut Blast Survivor States that Civil Organizations Discriminate and Provide Help to Lebanese as PriorityASC2021-05-21T09:46:31+00:00
M.I., Assyrian, 54, has no stable work. He's been living in Ashrafieh, Lebanon, since 2015 with his wife and son, aged 22, who is also unemployed. "I was sleeping in my bed when the explosion happened and thought it was all a dream. The lights started blinking fast, the house was shaking, and then out of nowhere the door flew to the other side of the room. Glass was raining from everywhere, so I had to take shelter under a wooden plank. I couldn’t even open the main door because I was so scared; I had to take a deep [...]
With All the Civil Organizations Helping After the Beirut Explosion, Some People Still Feel Left OutASC2021-05-21T09:54:11+00:00
N.D., 52, is living in Ashrafieh with her parents with no income. She receives money from her family abroad. "While I was in Sin El Fil, my parents were home when the blast happened. I was scared that something might have happened to them since they're old and can't protect themselves. I remember hearing people shouting, screaming, and panicking. I started crying thinking I lost the two people close to my heart since I wasn't able to reach them. But thank God they turned out to be fine; however, I thought things will get better, but it got worse." As [...]