. 1.1 Personal and Family service:
134 families of the district come to the center for help.
30 cases are followed up according to precise and scheduled intervention plans.

Here are some examples of the cases followed:

  • - A 30 year old woman, married to a man of the same age and having three boys, depressed, came for help.
    The father beats them all, violently. The two elder ones are school sponsored and the youngest is only 3 1/2 years and does not speak due to this trauma.
    Several interviews with the mother, and a psychosocial intervention, made her less depressive and more self-confident. The youngest boy was taken by the social assistant to a psychologist. Actually, thanks to the medical care and the attention received by the Center, he started to speak.

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  • - A 13-year-old boy is raped, beaten and ill treated by his father. Because of this ill- treatment the child is depressive.
    The social assistant in coordination with his psychiatrist closely watches him.
    Individual talks are done with the child and especially his parents. He didn't attend school for one year because of his psychological problems.
    The boy was placed, in a technical boarding school (KAFAAT), where he is studying styling. He is in a" healthier" environment now and learning a job in order to become independent. This result was reached after a great deal of effort to convince the father to free his child from his overwhelming influence. He was able to join the group of teenagers on Saturday's afternoon.
    A contact with a lawyer was made in order to inquire whether there is a law to protect the child from his violent father. His sister, a 16-year-old teenager, was also subjected to the violence of her father; she left school for a whole year during which she stayed idle. She was approached in order to sensitize her to return to school or at least to learn a profession. After a follow-up with her and her parents, she agreed to go back to school expressing the desire to join (with the consent of her parents) a boarding school in order to escape from the unhealthy family environment. Currently she is learning a profession, which will enable her to become independent.

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  • -A 29-year-old woman, started to visit the Center to submit an application for Belgian sponsorship. One day, on the edge of depression, she cracked down; her husband is an alcoholic and comes home very late.
    He neglects his family and leaves them without any financial support. She began to visit the Center regularly to find some kind of moral support. One day she arrived swollen and in tears, she was beaten. A psychological intervention was thus urgent.
    Step by step we taught her to defend, and protect herself and her children namely her eldest, who had become the "scapegoat" of this painful situation.
    She began to overcome her depression and realized the importance of her role near her children. The psychological process was long but positive changes occurred. Violence disappeared little by little. The children were sponsored and the elder girl joined the group of attended studies as well as the Children Club. These activities, out of the house, made it possible to lessen the trauma that marks the children forever.
    This year, the girls were placed at The Holy Heart School run by the Good Shepherd nuns where they receive a good education.
    Coordination was made between the social service and the psychologist as well as the school social assistant because the elder girl is traumatized. Actually, she is happy at school. As for the mother, she joined the Women Club, has made friends in her neighborhood and was able to overcome her depression.

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  • -A very poor family of three children, the eldest child is epileptic, the two girls have good school results but their father wants them by any means to rank first in their respective classes, otherwise they are beaten. He used to make them study and beat them without reason.
    This violence reflected on the girl's school results. Thereupon the two girls were registered with the program of the attended studies in the center. Their placement was beneficial and they were more cheerful and receptive (since they were not beaten so often).
    Private discussions with the father gave positive results. He realized that the school results of his daughters were excellent and that it was not essential that they rank first and be beaten to reach such a result.
    One of the girls ranked first lately and her father bought her a beautiful gift as a reward and congratulated her.
    As for the mother, she has been sick for several years, she was depressed, because her husband ill-treated and beaten her. Pursuant to a social intervention with the couple and a medical orientation, the woman accepted to follow a medical treatment and her husband started to take care of her and treated her conveniently.
    Thanks to this intervention the family environment is now serene and calm.

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    These four cases represent an example of the planned and long-term social intervention. The Social service also works on the medical orientation towards medical institutions and NGO. Example: a lady, who had undergone an operation of a brain tumor, needed some physiotherapy sessions, which she could not afford. The social assistant directed her towards "L'Arc-en-Ciel" where she was able to have these sessions at a very low price.
    As we notice, violence is widespread in this social class and is directed at the wife and the children. Wives, victims of such conjugal violence, react generally with a feeling of helplessness. They come to the Center with their children, because they feel threatened in their physical and psychic integrity. They need to be listened to, accepted and comforted. We offer them our assistance: we integrate them and their children in our activities; and help them to feel secure, to react and refuse to be apathetic victims.
    No law or institution protects them.
    There is no other solution but invite the women to free themselves from guilt feelings and restore their self-confidence. But, as long as this violence will not be denounced, all this suffering shall go on without any hope of changing.

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  • St. Hubert Center
    Chiah, Beirut - Lebanon
    Tel: 01- 276064
    Medical Social Center Fanar
    Beirut - Lebanon
    Tel: 01 684362