Who We Are
We are a non-political/non-sectarian NGO based in Saida, Lebanon seeking to promotes and to create a culture of peace on every level of society in order for Lebanon to confront and resolve its humanitarian challenges.
How Do We Work
We use a holistic approach, combining programs that target not only refugees, internally-displaced people (IDP) and vulnerable segments of the Lebanese community, but also the community as a whole. This includes volunteers, activators and mobilisers. We support the empowerment of individuals to become actors of change that work for a sustainable culture of peace. This is facilitated by focusing on what we believe to be essential for the development of our beneficiaries: Health, Mental Health, Education, Capacity Building, and Peace-building
How Do We Work
Dignity & Respect: We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. This is true whatever the religious and socio-cultural background of our beneficiaries. Sensibility is essential in earning trust and in allowing the individuals to maintain dignity and respect.
Equality: We do not select its beneficiaries, staff or volunteers on the basis of sex, gender, religion, political affiliation, nationality or ethnicity. We abide by a strict non-discriminatory/neutral policy and believe every individual deserves to be treated equally.
Empowerment: We believe in empowering the community by giving them the tools needed to achieve their aspirations. Blue Mission vows to give a voice to the voiceless and to include them in the decision-making process.
Holism: We believe in the importance of engaging every stratum of society, from the individual, his family, to other civil society organizations and local and national governmental institutions.
Our Governance and Policy
Strategic decisions are based on discussions with a Management Board that is elected on an annual basis, as well as with Blue Mission’s international advisors. Project-related decisions are made by project management, and always in consultation with beneficiaries.
Throughout its operations, Blue Mission adheres to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) code of conduct, the SPHERE Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, as well as the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) guidelines. Additionally, staff and volunteers subscribe to a robust child protection policy.
Karama, which means dignity in Arabic is a multidisciplinary team that provides medical and psychological support to refugee and host populations living in various informal settlements in South Lebanon. Our goals are multiple and we expect:
- To improve health outcomes for families, significantly reducing preventable maternal and child mortality.
- Alleviate stress and psychological suffering of vulnerable people among refugees and host community populations in South Lebanon.
- To provide people with information about and how to access mental health care, reproductive health care, and family planning methods.
- To build resilience and support networks to improve people’s daily life.
The multidisciplinary team consists of a physician, gynaecologist, and midwife who provide medical examinations in the settlements and make referrals to the nearest Primary Health Care Centre. The midwife offers awareness sessions including on topics such as nutrition, high blood pressure, good hygiene, abuse, family planning, stress management, and early marriage. The two outreach workers provide psychosocial sessions for children on topics such as good hygiene, child’s rights, abuse and violence. Additionally, community liaisons who are residents of the settlements provide a strong link between the residents of the settlement and the professionals from our project.
The medical staff and outreach workers make referrals to our social worker, art therapist, and psychologist. Psychotherapy and art therapy is offered to our beneficiaries who are also provided with transportation to the Blue Mission office for sessions ensuring a safe and private place to undertake therapy.
Our third consecutive project in cooperation with Steenmedia (http://www.steenmedia.no/) continues giving a voice and importance to children in Saida. Students from unofficial settlements, private, public and UNRWA schools are given the opportunity to express aspects of their daily life and their wishes for the future. Their narratives, coming from a range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, will be collected and made into a small booklet for the children to hear and see one another’s differences but more importantly their similarities.
To tie the three projects together, a play put together by a group of children from each participating school is in the process of being made. Check out our social media sites for more information on the development of the project!