The start of the Social Work profession in Lebanon

بدايات مهنة العمل الاجتماعي في لبنان

1948 - 1960

The development of Social Work as a profession in Lebanon

تطور العمل الاجتماعي المهني في لبنان

1961 - 1975

The Social Work in time of crises in Lebanon- The Lebanese Civil War

العمل الاجتماعي في أوقات الأزمات في لبنان – الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية

1976 - 1990

The Social Work profession after the Lebanese war- attempts of recovery

مهنة العمل الاجتماعي في لبنان بعد الحرب اللبنانية – محاولات التعافي  

1991 - 2000

The Social Work Archive provides brief information on the most significant actors, events or institutions in the field of Social Work between 1948-2008

Developed and coordinated by Ms. Hyam Kahi Pioneer Social Woker

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In Lebanon, social work as a profession began in the years 1948, it evolved thanks to the determination of the Social Workers pioneers, the war of 1975 which lasted more than 15 years disrupted its development. At the end of the war social workers adapted their approaches and methodologies in an attempt to restore what was destroyed by the war, however apart from the provision of certain social structures, social workers were tired, some had left the country others reached retirement age and several died. The war was capable of erasing their experiences which could not be transmitted to the younger generations as usual, hence the idea of retracing the history of social service to pay homage to the pioneers on the one hand and others take advantage of history to better understand the present and shed light on the future


Making the history of Social Work in Lebanon well-known by tracing its evolution within the social context of the time Tracing the biographies of the pioneers and rediscover their journeys in the creation of Social Work Developing an exchange network and share them with concerned stakeholders