Leila, Sana and Nour were welcomed in the Resilience Center in 2016, and have benefited from varied services such as psychological support, housing, medical care, education, professional training, as well as psycho-social help to reintegrate them in society as healthy young women who have a lot to give. These young ladies sadly do not have the option of going home, as they have been threatened of severe, sometimes life-threatening repercussions by their families, for reporting the abuse they endured. The only way for these girls to live and thrive is to make it on their own and create a new family, one of love and care. With this in mind, himaya will continue to be involved in the girls’ lives for up to 3 years after they leave the nest, as empowered young ladies who will be helping children overcome their trauma just like they did. We will be lending them a hand with locating a safe place to live, help finding them a jobs where they can earn a living and re-integrate society, and providing them with basic needs such as rent, medical insurance, food allowance, transportation fees, etc. so that they can focus on rebuilding their lives, one step at a time
A message from the girls:
“My name is Leila, I’m 18 years old. For as long as I can remember, my life has been very difficult and challenging. I was desperate and confused, I needed safety and protection, and so I came to himaya. I wanted to change the life I’ve been living for it caused me extreme misery and suffering. I had the will and the strength that allowed me to end the tragedy of my life and set me on the right path. Now that I’m closer, I need your support to cross that finish line and continue my battle for the sun. It is time for me to leave the center, and for personal reasons, I’m unable to go back home. During my battle, I gained the ability of hairdressing, and today I know it is time for me to get to work in this profession. For that to happen, I started my training in a hairdressing salon. Because I can’t go back home I’m going to live in a student dormitory. I’m on my way to becoming independent and realizing my dream of thriving in my profession and open up my own salon someday. I need a push, and all the help you can give me to ensure my accommodation in the student dormitory that is now my new home, as well as my special needs. Once I start working nothing will be able to stop me from accomplishing my dream, especially in helping women in need of safety and protection, because I have been where they are now and I have walked in their shoes. I understand and sympathize with their situation because not long ago before himaya came to my rescue, I was alone, helpless but hopeful. I’m too close to the finish line, and with your support, I will be able to end this last tragic chapter of my life and open a new one full of hope and dreams.”
“My name is Nour. A year and a half ago, I couldn’t survive another day of the physical and sexual abuse I was enduring, and my path lead me to himaya. I was living a threatening life, I was always in danger and I was never safe. Now that himaya has taken me in, I dream of staying away from that danger, to succeed as a hairdresser, and finally I dream of leading a normal, safe life where I can help myself and others who are going through any type of abuse. To achieve those dreams, I realize that I can’t do it on my own, I need your support and all the help you can provide. I’ve turned 18 now, and it’s time for me to leave the center. I’m going to live in a private student dormitory! I’m building a new present and a new future, where my past life won’t be in control of my destiny anymore, and where the future is bright and full of promises. For that to happen, your support is crucial.
As they say, one hand on its own is incapable of clapping, it takes two hands to clap and create the new, happy, free sound of my future.”
“I’m Sana, I’m 16 years old, and I’m a victim of sexual abuse. I came to himaya 6 months ago, to run away from the nightmare my sister and I were living in each and every day. I was all alone, scared, and I felt like there was nothing I could do. In himaya, I’m finally turning my life around! I’m learning how to be a hairdresser, and hope is my most powerful friend. It gives me the courage to dream of a new beginning where my sister and I get reunited, and I’ll be able to work so that I can create the life I want to live, instead of just trying to survive. There is something that I want and need to say to every girl out there who is going through this: silence is your worst enemy. Don’t live in fear, speak up, and believe that there are people out there who can and want to help you, because that is the truth. I, today, am still in need of more support, especially that in a little while I’ll be on my own. I want to make it in the world, so that someday I might help in making the world a better place for people like me.”
Training Cost: free
Transportation Cost: 5000LL per day / 120,000LBP or $80 per month
F&B Cost: around 30$ per day
Accommodation Cost: 200$ to 250$ per month
Medical Cost: around 30$ per month (in case they get the medication from a dispensary)
Insurance Cost: $250 per year
Daily needs: (hygienic pads, toothpaste, deodorant, etc…..) around 50$ per month
himaya is a Lebanese Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to making child protection a right across Lebanon. himaya aims to break the silence by offering children the life skills they need to defend themselves, and supporting survivors of abuse by providing the psychosocial services they need to overcome their experiences. In order to be as effective as possible, himaya works with children, their families, and surroundings as a whole. It strives to make a change on a national level with the help of its two main programs: the Prevention and Resilience programs.
Child abuse is a critical issue that has long been neglected in Lebanon. A study conducted in 2008, showed that1 out of 6 children in Lebanon is a victim of sexual abuse. This refers to only 1 out of 4 types of abuse a child can be exposed to: physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
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