Children with disabilities (CwDs) are among the most marginalised groups in Lebanon. Refugee CwDs are not entitled to services by the Lebanese government and while efforts are made by humanitarian organisations and foundations to enroll them in education programs, the lack of resources and capacity to provide inclusive education are severely limiting. Many of these children are left at home, often isolated, making them more vulnerable to stigma, discrimination, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, and neglect. ADJI, through Rahma for Special Needs, is the only certificated inclusive specialised green school in North Lebanon and provides a Special Education Programme for Refugee Children with Severe and Moderate Disabilities. Programmes work to minimise the educational gap and provide essential opportunities to work, learn, and engage within the community, realising pupils' right to live with dignity.

Project- Capacity building within the community to tailor creative and innovative alternative education opportunities for disabled refugee children
1 September 2019 - 28 February 2020

Main aims:
1. Promoting an understanding of the rights of disabled refugee children, especially related to education
2. Empowerment and capacity building for caregivers in how to deal with disabled children and provision of alternative educational opportunities
3. Increasing awareness in host communities of the importance of adapted services for disabled children in public/private schools

Key results:

1. 36 children who benefitted from psychosocial support sessions which aimed to serve this goal
2. 102 caregivers attended sessions at Rahma for Special Needs headquarters
3. 5 workshops were held for teachers in public schools and 60% of schools said they would adopt new learning techniques as a result; 3 community activities were held to promote community inclusion for children with disabilities

Project- Delivery of Emergency Food and Educational Kits to 550 Refugee and Lebanese Families
May-August 2020

In the 10 months following the start of the protests against the former government, the economic situation in Lebanon grew more unstable for families, especially those already living in strained conditions. Al Madad Foundation understood that during the crisis those with the least to lose would be the most significantly affected. For this reason, and to help mitigate the risks specific to the children enrolled at Rahma for Special Needs, the Foundation funded emergency food parcels and educational kits for 550 families over a period of two months.

These families, many in informal tented settlements with limited access to food and sanitary supplies, received two food baskets containing essential groceries with selected products added with the particular needs of disabled children in mind. An educational kit, tailored to the individual abilities of each child, provided a welcome distraction for children and parents as well as a nice surprise in these confusing times. The International Medical Corps was able to collaborate with the first delivery to provide the essential sanitary supplies necessary to enable families to protect themselves and help to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Project- Beirut Emergency Response: Mobile Medical Clinic and Delivery of First Aid Kits
17 August - 23 September 2020

On August 4, 2020, over 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut’s port exploded, killing more than 220 people and injuring more than 6,500. Some 300,000 people were left homeless, with scores reported missing. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, AMF partnered with Rahma for Special Needs to deliver a mobile clinic, offering easily accessible medical care for those injured in the explosion who were unable or unwilling to travel to hospital for treatment. Initially stationed between the most three affected neighbourhoods- Mar Mkhayel, Gemmayze and Karantina- it provided wound assessments, wound cleaning, minor surgical treatments, essential drugs and medical supplies, and supported emergency cases. Also, because some residents refused to leave their homes due to a lack of alternative shelter, and were repairing their homes themselves, 200 first aid kits containing essential medical supplies including sterile dressings, wound cleaning equipment and medication were also distributed.

Key results:

From 17 Aug until 23 September the Mobile Medical Clinic provided:

Wound dressing
Health check-ups
Minor surgical procedures
Supporting emergency cases
Nebulization and oxygen
Mapping the needs of the local communities
Providing medicines
Referrals to other health services or specialists

In addition, 200 first aid kits were delivered