8- Experience through the “Young Men Christian Association” YMCA

Experiences of: Mrs Jenny Nawfal

Last update: 24 April 2024


Reference of Social Work In The Face of Crises and Disasters Booklets – Part Two

Researcher – Hiam Samaha Kahi
Research Assistant – Aimee Ghanem

At the beginning of war, the Young Men Christian Association in Lebanon YMCA, which was established in 1890, turned to relief work, and it had an active contribution in this field. Perhaps, the most valuable achievement of that period was the “Chronic diseases drugs project”, which was launched in 1988 and covered all the Lebanese regions through some 450 dispensaries and health care centres in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and with the support of the World Health Organization. It was testified that this project has contributed to alleviating many health problems.

Mrs. Jenny Nawfal, has participated in the activities of this association for many years as part of relief work with displaced people and those affected by car bomb explosions, as well as in rural development programmes and vocational training projects in remote villages, and also in the summer camps project, which brought together a large number of volunteers, and had a significant impact on the mobility, interaction and involvement of local communities in development work. Many interns in the social work field were among these volunteers who played a prominent role in this domain.