Social Relief and Welfare Association
Al Moasat is a Non-Profit Association in charge of charity, culture, social activities, health, education, productivity and training workshops that deal with community service.
Currently, it has 125 employees, mostly women who are heads of their households.
The Association started in the 1960’s through a Free Clinic founded by young people from the "Muslim Scouts" in the region of Saida.
Its aim was to serve the community in The Center’s neighborhood.
With the assistance and cooperation of the Ministry of Social Affairs, The Centre was able to implement a new department of social services, which was an upgrade in the association’s activities. These activities included later on vocational training like (sewing, hairdressing, typewriting etc...) and first aid basics.
In the early 80’s, Al Moasat founded a center for diabetes in cooperation with the Lebanese Society of Diabetes and continued to provide services in that region until the year 1992 when it established its own building that includes all its various departments and activities.
Al Moasat aims to serve the people of Saida and its neighboring villages/towns in four main key areas; Education, Vocational Training, Health Services and Social Assistance by providing job opportunities and education for young girls – particularly orphans and those with special needs - in cooperation and coordination with the various associations and institutions inside Lebanon and abroad.
The association implements and executes the following activities and projects through its different departments;
1.Department of Education
- Sidon Technical Institute for Young Women
- Special Education Department
- Day care Department
2.Department of Health:
- Dr. Nazih Bizri Health Centre
3.Department of Production
- Al Moasat Industrial kitchen
- Sidon Sewing factory
- Al Moasat Beauty Center
1. Department of Education
1.A - Sidon Technical Institute for Young Women
AL Moasat believes in the importance of technical and vocational education in life, thus, the Technical Institute of Sidon for young women. It is considered one of its largest departments.
It was established by Decree NB. 2705 in September 1992 which
The Institute’s team consists of 47 people of qualified teachers and administrators.
BP (Professional Brevet), BT (Technical Baccalaureate) and TS (Superior Technician) in:
Accounting and computer services
Hospitality Techniques (sales)
Hospitality Techniques (production)
Expertise and Accounts Revision
Sales and Commercial Relationships
Private Certificates Courses :
Art of Decoration
Hairdressing & Makeup
Computer Languages/data processing
Mobile Phone Repair
Marketing and Advertising
Foreign Languages (French, English, Spanish, Chinese)
Fashion Dress Design
Accelerated Vocational Training Courses:
AL Moasat organizes Vocational Training Courses for young women with contribution and funds of the Ministry of Labor.
Each training course holds up to 75 young women who are trained in highly equipped laboratories.
Hand Craft Assistant
- Private Vocational Training Courses are organized with collaboration with local and international NGO’s.
- Literacy courses in collaboration with Première Urgence.
-Vocational Rehabilitation project: With the cooperation of CDR and World Bank Funding, this project conducted three vocational training courses in Old Saida City and Villat.
It is worth mentioning that, up until 2009 there has been 6000 students graduated from this institution.
1. B - Special Education Department
Al Moasat has developed a 6 years program for people with special needs who have learning and/or physical disabilities in:
Computer Data Processing
Computer Installation& Maintenance
Hairdressing & Make up
Jewelry Design & Accessories
The program includes:
-Training and technical studies
-Summer activities and sports
-Periodical practical training
1.C- Day Care Department
This Department receives children aged between 40 days to four year olds, It accommodates 40 children per month .
It also provides:
Job opportunities for child education graduates.
Health and psychological care for the children with special needs in Education and Nursing
Periodical medical examination.
- It adopts social and educational programs.
- It organizes summer activities for children.
2. Department of Health (Dr. Nazih Bizri Health Center)
The Dr. Nazih Bizri Health Center is a "Certified Center for Primary Health Care" by the Ministry of Public Health. Each year 7000 patients from the area of Saida benefit from its services which are either free or partly free of charge according to the following fields:
Main free activities:
- Distribution of diabetes screening machines.
- Yearly distribution of Insulin.
- Examination of teeth and eyes for Public School students.
- Examinations and tests for patients experiencing hardship case.
- Service of leasing wheelchairs and walkers.
- 15% of the total beneficiaries of the Health Center services are orphans who are treated for free.
- 50% discount is offered on the Center's services for public school students.
- Mobile clinic project: provides free medical services, especially to Public Schools students & elderly.
- Elderly home care project: the Centre’s health team visits the elderly and disabled at home and provides them with the necessary medical care.
- “Your Heart is Your Life” Campaign: during which heart examination and consultation is provided.
3. Department of Production:
This department holds the following:
3.1 – Al Moasat Industrial kitchen
It is the most dynamic and vital productive section in the Association. It provides and delivers Lebanese and International Cuisines to all the Lebanese areas seven days per week.
The Kitchen team consists of 15 workers that follow high standards of hygiene and safety.
- The Kitchen provides supplies for all occasions including; tableware, tables, chairs, tablecloths.
- The Kitchen staff attends ongoing training sessions.
Notably, this department has received the “ALTayeb Award” in 2007 and several certificates of appreciation.
3.2 - Sidon sewing factory
The Sidon Sewing Factory was established in collaboration with “the Society of Sea Mosque” in Sidon. The factory consists of 13 employees, graduates of the Association.
The factory consists of the following sections:
- Household linens, curtains, upholstery, blankets and embroidery.
- Design and sewing of clothes and accessories for folk events.
- Department of restoration and repairs of all clothing and household linens.
Furthermore, the factory participates in all events and exhibitions.
It delivers uniforms to; schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels and orphanages.
3 .3– Al Moasat Beauty Center
The Beauty Center offers the following services with all the latest methods under specialists’ supervision:
- Full hair care
- Nail Care
- Facials and beauty treatments
- Moroccan Bath
- Hair Removal (laser and waxing)
- Body Care
The Collective Wedding: The collective wedding has been organized every year in the city of Sidon. Since its beginning in 2007, 52 couples have been engaged. Hair and makeup of the 52 brides were fixed in the Beauty Center with the assistance of the Institute graduates.
Social projects (Continuous):
- Orphan Sponsorship
The Association allocates a proportion of its annual budget for orphans care by providing support and employment opportunities for them.
Female orphans benefit from a school grant in the Institute ranging between 50% and 100% of the value of the tuition, according to their socio-economic situation. They also benefit from all social and health services provided by the Association departments.
These students represent 20% of the total number of students which in turn accounts for 20% of the annual budget of the Institute.
In the Health Center, free treatment is administered to orphans who are 25% of total beneficiaries. And with collaboration of the Ministry of Health; it provides all medical services and surgical operations.
- Ramadan Feast Project
During the month of Ramadan the Association provides banquets for approximately 4,500 families, close to 27,000 people. These banquets offer; hot meals, bread, dates, sweets, drinks and vegetables throughout the Holy Month. The Association also provides new clothes and shoes as well as the meal of Eid al Fitr. This project is funded by the Association’s budget as well as private individual donors.
- Social Benefits Projects:
Al Moasat provides each year social benefits and services to needy families.
•Gifts on special occasions (e.g. Mother’s Day) for workers in Public Schools.
•School uniforms free of charge to students of Public Schools in Sidon.
•Playgrounds installations for Public Schools in Lebanon.
•Contributing to the various activities that are organized in the orphanages.
•On Mother Day’s the Association invites 200 mothers to attend a special lunch at the Associations premises. Gifts are distributed to the mothers who are; the elderly from Saida city, Public Schools working ladies and patients from the Health Centre.
Since 1992 the Association has worked closely with the Municipality and the NGO’s Platform in Saida to provide relief aid during emergency periods such as the Israeli attacks.
-Building a theater and a room for conferences, seminars and social events (400 seats)
-Shops and galleries (showroom) to display the products of the Association.
-Shops for rent to cover the Association expenses and charges
-Providing medical clinics to support people with special needs.