Development cooperation ,08.08.2013

Services for Palestinian children with multiple special needs and their families in Lebanon Acronym MSN-services


Palestinian refugee population has no available mental health services in Lebanon. Beit Atfal Assumoud (BAS) started the mental health program: "Family Guidance Center" for children in 1997. So far there are five operational Centers in Lebanon. Significant number of learning difficulties or developmental problems are found in major part of the children. Required specialized rehabilitation services are scarce, more often too expensive for the families. The cases are often multidisciplinary since the child has several problems. Large scale professional efforts are required, the rehabilitation efforts are enormous. BAS initiated a Sponsorship Program in 2009 in order to provide special education and rehabilitation services for children in need. BAS covers the expenses for the children. The profound ethical guideline in the project: Children with special needs have the right for decent human development and protection, regardless of their condition as well as being refugees. The purpose of the project is: 1) to secure places (36) in special schools, institutions or individually tailored rehabilitation process for children and adolescents with multiple special needs, referred by Family Guidance Centers of BAS 2) to arrange for parents and siblings meetings, workshops and recreational activities for rest, recovery and peer support and encouraging them to advocacy and making proposals. 3) promote access to special education and rehabilitation services and possibilities of BAS to enhance services in reduced price offered by specialised entities. Find out and define prerequisites needed for the special education and rehabilitation service delivery by BAS itself. The project develops more extensive service delivery system of special education and further rehabilitation for children and adolescents with special needs and their families. The project is based on the Sponsorship Programme started already in 2009. There were "rehabilitation sponsors" for 20 children, among them five from Finland in May 2012. 139 were on the waiting list. BAS is for equality of genders, against discrimination and acts for good environmental practices. BAS follows service statistics also by gender and nationality.


  • 2013: 62 160 €
  • 2014: 93 240 €
  • 2015: 93 240 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Medical services 40%
  • Early childhood education 20%
  • Social/ welfare services 40%

Special target group

  • children
  • youth
  • people with disability

Funding channel

  • Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility (FiPSR) Psykologien Sosiaalinen Vastuu ry (PSV)
  • The National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (NISCVT) Beit Atfal Assumoud (BAS)



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