Dar El Awlad Children’s Home

Our residential programme provides a stable, loving environment in which children are able to grow and mature. 25 boys currently live in our Home, each coming from situations where they faced poverty, neglect or abuse. Children in the Home range in age from five to eighteen years. The boys in Grade Six and below attend our school on the campus, while the older children travel down to schools in Beirut.

Within the residential building, boys younger than fourteen years of age are split into family units, with eight boys in each. The three oldest boys are in a separate building where they are supervised by our Older Boys Supervisor. These boys are given the opportunity to develop some of the skills of independent living whilst continuing to be cared for in a safe, secure environment.

Dar El Awlad School & The Oasis

Our school, established in 1998, has 88 children - one quarter from the Home and three quarters from impoverished families living in and around Beirut. A significant number of these are Syrian and Sudanese refugees. Without the provision of our school many of these children would have little prospect of a primary education.

Many of the children have special academic needs due to a lack of early stimulation or a lack of previous education. As a result we have classes of just twelve children to ensure that they are able to have the support they need and reach their full potential.

Each school day starts with a Bible story, singing and prayer, and then the children go to lessons. As well as studying Arabic, English and Mathematics, children study art, music, and sports.

In 2014, additional classrooms were formed from existing rooms, allowing more Syrian children to receive education they would otherwise have been unable to access. This facility is known as The Oasis - being a place of safety and respite from a difficult world - and fun, as they learn to play with other children.

View a short video from the school below.

The Moses Basket Care Centre

The Moses Basket, established in 2002, caters for children from needy families living in the local community. The children in this programme range in age from six months to four years. Placing the children in our care centre program enables poor families to find and retain work, knowing that their children are being well-cared for. The ten children in this programme arrive early in the morning and are able to stay until late afternoon. During the day the older children are given the opportunity to learn their colours, shapes, letters, and begin to count, as well as participate in a range of games and other activities, including Bible stories and songs.

The New Horizons Centre

Established in 2010, the New Horizons Centre is our newest project and is operated in partnership with two other local organizations. It is based in the town of Zahrani, just south of Sidon.

The goal of the Centre is to meet the needs of families in the local Gypsy and Bedouin communities, which are extremely needy people groups. Kids Alive Lebanon runs the education programme operating in the centre. Up to 30 children between the ages of five and eight regularly attend this programme daily.

A dental clinic has also been opened, offering free dental care to families within the community, and a medical clinic will open soon with the first project being a vaccination program.

A sewing project offering vocational training for woman is another programme offered by the Centre, designed to help them earn a small income and their families to become more self-sufficient.  More

View a short video from the New Horizons Centre below.

Home of Serenity for Girls

After the Dar El Awlad Boys’ Home was founded in Beirut in 1948, Kids Alive supporters often asked, “But what about the girls?” This need finally led to the opening of the Home of Serenity for Girls (Beit El Safa Girls’ Home) in the Shouf Mountains outside Beirut in 1996.

The buildings of Serenity Home are on a beautiful site which houses bedrooms, meeting rooms and a large dining room. Girls in the Home range from four years old through to high school age. Some of the girls have brothers in our Dar El Awlad programmes. All the needs of the girls are met — housing, food, clothing, and medical care — and they attend a nearby local school for their education. Most importantly, they are introduced to Jesus and shown what it means to live for Christ on a day-to-day basis. More

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