CRS strengthens civil society groups in fractured Lebanon

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August 1, 2015

Therapist Joyce Ghoussoub helps Rafael draw in late May at Phenix Group Homes, an organization in Beirut that provides residential and day care for people living with intellectual disabilities. The agency participated in an institutional capacity-building program run by Catholic Relief Services and St. Joseph University. Phenix asked that Rafael's last name not be used. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) See LEBANON-CAPACITY-BUILDING July 31, 2015.

Therapist Joyce Ghoussoub helps Rafael draw in late May at Phenix Group Homes, an organization in Beirut that provides residential and day care for people living with intellectual disabilities. The agency participated in an institutional capacity-building program run by Catholic Relief Services and St. Joseph University. Phenix asked that Rafael’s last name not be used. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

BEIRUT (CNS) — When Samar Shalhoub and some friends wanted to better protect children in Lebanon from abuse and violence, they turned their dream into a nonprofit organization. They registered with the government and got to work holding workshops on bullying and ways that children could protect themselves against abduction, sexual abuse and violence. But, Shalhoub readily admits, they knew little about how to organize their organization.

“We had a dream, but that wasn’t enough. We had to develop strategies to get us where we dreamed we wanted to go, and reliable tools to get us there,” she told Catholic News Service.

Shalhoub, a music teacher at St. Joseph University, a Jesuit-run institution in Beirut, says they learned their lesson when someone asked to see their financial records.

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