Help For Leb

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Layla was welcomed in the Resilience Center in 2016, and has benefited from varied services such as psychological support, housing, medical care, education, professional training, as well as psycho-social help to reintegrate her in society as healthy young woman who has a lot to give. She is now over 18, and as she is no longer a minor she needs to start her own life. This young lady sadly does not have the option of going home, as she has been threatened of severe, sometimes life-threatening repercussions by her family, for reporting the abuse she endured. The only way for Layla to live and thrive is to make it on her own and create a new family, one of love and care. With this in mind, himaya will continue to be involved in the girl’s life for up to 3 years after she left the nest, as an empowered young lady who will be helping children overcome their trauma just like she did. We are lending her a hand with locating a safe place to live, help finding her a job where she can earn a living and re-integrate society, and provide her with basic needs such as rent, medical insurance, food allowance, transportation fees, etc. so that she can focus on rebuilding her life, one step at a time.

A message from Layla:

“My name is Layla, I’m 18 years old. For as long as I can remember, my life has been very difficult, miserable and challenging. I was being sexually abused by a family member, and have been for years. It got to a point where I became very desperate, & I needed safety and protection, which lead me to himaya. With a lot of help, care and support, I am in a better place, inside and out. Now, it is time for me to leave the center, and for personal reasons, I’m unable to go back home so I am now living in a student dormitory. I started training in a hairdressing salon, & I’m on my way to becoming independent and realizing my dream of thriving in my profession and maybe opening up my own salon someday. All I need is a push, and any help you can give me will ensure that my basic needs are met. Once I start working, nothing will be able to stop me from accomplishing my dream, especially in helping children 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, and helpless. But today, I’m 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.”


Cost Breakdown:

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 she gets the medication from a dispensary)

Insurance Cost:  $250 per year

Daily needs: (hygienic pads, toothpaste, deodorant, etc…..) around 50$ per month


About himaya

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 psycho-social 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 that 1 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.


MOIM 748/2009

Contact details:

+961 71 802 882


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