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Mosan Center for Special Needs
• Is an independent entity
• A non-governmental organization (NGO) registered with the national authority
• Licensed by the Interior Ministry according to Authorization No. 1001.
|1. Contact Person
|Mr. Ali Charafddine / [email protected]
|General Manager / + 961 3 612582
|2. Contact Person
|Mrs. Najat Sekmani / [email protected]
|Executive Director / + 961 3 800158
|Mosan Center, Behind Daher Home Center, Hoch-Qana-Naquora Junction, Bourj El Chemali –Tyre, South Lebanon
|PO. Box 113 Tyre – Lebanon
|+ 961 7 348565 +961 3 612582
|+ 961 7 344675
That every child and young adult with mental retardation and physical disability be independent and be recognized as a rightful member of our society.
That is to provide care for the mentally retarded and the handicapped children and young adults – to prepare them to face life’s difficulties. A care that includes education, skills development, and services aiming at advancing their full participation in today’s society, promoting their social participation fostering their independence; and providing guidance to their parents, families, and guardians. With the support of individuals, corporations, governments, and NGOs, we work to minimize the disruption and costs caused by mental and physical disabilities to both individuals and society.
MOSAN believes that each and every individual is a vital and valuable member of society and has the right to self-sufficiency and self-esteem. Yet people with special needs are abused, exploited, and excluded by the societies they live in and are deprived of a sense of self-worth because they lack the opportunity to learn and grow and do not receive adequate care. As a daycare and boarding center, MOSAN enables the full participation in society of children and young adults with special needs in the Tyr district by providing them with free therapy, education, skills development, recreation, and guidance to guardians and families to develop their sense of independence and self-worth.
Objective and activities of MC
1. Providing educational services and rehabilitation for children with intellectual disabilities through programs and modern software;
2. Providing a daycare special education, (Senso-motoric) pedagogical rehabilitation, pre-vocational and vocational training for intellectually disabled children in Tyre and its suburbs;
3. Providing multidisciplinary services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and family counseling;
4. Early detection and early intervention-community outreach services
History of Mosan Center
Mosan Center is a special education facility in Tyre, (Sour) South Lebanon that was established in 1993 by the Rural Development Association (جمعية رابطة إنعاش القرى) non-governmental organization (NGO). In May 2015, Mosan Center became an independent entity registered with the national authority, and licensed by the Interior Ministry according to Authorization No. 1001. Since its inception, Mosan Center has been working with children and young adults with special learning needs.
Despite the disability prevalence rate in South Lebanon, there is a lack of specialized centers that cater to special needs students, with physical, behavioral, and emotional problems and learning disabilities.
Mosan, over its 20 years in operation, has tried to promote and advocate the establishment of similar institutions that can help integrate students with special needs into society, but to no avail.
In part, this is due to the prevailing culture that Mosan is trying to alter gradually. In South Lebanon, people with disabilities are often neglected; it is not unheard of for children with disabilities to be hidden behind closed doors or for the parents to pretend that there is nothing wrong with their child. Mosan Center is the only institution in Tyre and its surrounding areas that provides specialized care to mentally disabled people.
Our core values
• To reinforce the skills and abilities of children and young adults with mental retardation starting from their experiences and their needs.
• To provide our students with daycare services through medical, educational, and vocational programs.
• To facilitate their social participation.
• To encourage their civic involvement.
• To provide information and support to their families.
• To create opportunities for the families to actively engage in our programs.
• To educate the community about mental disability.
• To create opportunities for contact between the mentally disabled and the public.
• To spark interest in encouraging and supporting the social inclusion of the mentally disabled.
• To provide unlimited opportunities for academic research and social studies directly related to local institutions and universities, in addition to regional and International organizations.
• To provide training and proficiency services for all our workers.
• To prepare and train parents/families and volunteers.
The geographical scope of MC activities
Mosan Center is located in Borj El-Shimali east of Tyre, which is easily accessible from the Hoch-Qana- Naquora-junction, within 5-20 minutes distance from all the different sides of Tyre region and located near the busiest traffic sector in Tyre-Bent Jbeil Districts. The center’s scope of geographic coverage includes the city of Tyre, and its surrounding districts (counting 63 villages), along with 12 villages in Bint Jbeil.
The directly and indirectly targeted beneficiary population
Direct beneficiaries are 220 individuals, 165 students with various types of mental and intellectual disabilities (autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and others) & 65 teachers.
• Providing a daycare special education (Senso-motoric) pedagogical rehabilitation, prevocational, and vocational training for mentally disabled children in Tyre and its suburbs.
• Providing multidisciplinary services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and family counseling.
• Developing vocational training and devising curriculums to remove all psychological constraints to prepare them for independent living.
• Providing educational and rehabilitation services that enable them to achieve the maximum of their abilities and skills.
• Formulating early detection and early intervention services.
• Creating a safe and supportive environment for them.
• Establishing monitoring and evaluation procedures to evaluate current strategies and to assess new proposed strategies.
• Establishing measurable and sustainable programs.
• Devising new standardized evaluation templates for projects that include brainstorming ideas for programmatic connections to fundraising, reviewing the pros and cons of recent projects, and evaluating potentials for prospective projects.
• Inviting diverse community members to make meaningful contributions as co-creators, collaborators, and energized constituents.
• Developing the students’ knowledge and raising consciousness at their families and society level regarding mental disability through integrated engaging programs.
• Devising campaigns of awareness, regarding the rights of children with special needs.
• Filling the gaps in the communities in the whole Tyre Region by providing a network of disability services.
• Becoming a developmental resource for a network of centers providing training and proficiency services for all workers in this field.
Students at the Mosan Center
Details of the disabilities are presented in the following table:
*These details are taken from the specialist doctor’s report when the children were assessed prior to joining the school
Details of Sex and Age are presented in the following table
Mosan has three main pillars of work under which projects and activities are designed and implemented.
a)Education and Skills development
-Providing educational services and rehabilitation for children with intellectual disabilities through programs and modern software
-Providing a daycare special education, (Senso-motoric) pedagogical rehabilitation, prevocational and vocational training for intellectually disabled children in Tyr and its suburbs;
-Providing multidisciplinary services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and family counseling;
c)Guidance and Recreation
-Early detection and early intervention-community outreach services
-Yearly thematic awareness and recreational events for beneficiaries, families, and community-related to disability and human rights
a.1.) Education and Skills development
14 classrooms with daily programs and additional vocational activities, speech-, occupational- and physiotherapy as described below. The students are divided into13 learning groups – these groups are decided according to age, disability, and learning abilities. Groups have one or two teachers.
a.2.) Vocational activities
Bakery (Sombola – Rye Bread Bakery): Vocational training Income generation:
With the support of the German Foundation “Bread Against Misery,” Mosan Center set up a bakery for income generation and vocational training. The sale of bread also brings visitors to the center – and this raises the profile of the work of the center. The “general public” has contact with disabled persons when they come to buy bread at Mosan. Four students from the center are employed at the bakery + one baker and a manageress.
Carpentry Workshop: Two students work and train with the carpenter in Mosan. They produce goods for sale in the shop and at exhibitions.
Housekeeping/kitchen Vocational Training: Six to eight girls/young women help in the kitchen and throughout the center under the supervision of the housekeeping coordinator. They assist with the preparation of food and are trained in daily household activities.
Shop Vocational Training:
With the support of the UN Women’s Group Mosan has set up a shop in the new Center. Good produced (Fancywork, Sewing, Embroidery, Woodwork…) are sold there and this activity is supervised by Mosan staff with the support of the students.
Garden Vocational Training:
With the support of the UN Women’s Group Mosan has developed a garden in the grounds of the new center. One teacher works with students in the garden.
Secretary Vocational Training:
One student works in cooperation with the secretary – this student is being trained in basic secretarial duties and she helps the administrators during the day.
b.Therapy: Rehabilitation and therapeutic activities
2 Full-time Physical rehabilitation therapists provide the children in closed rooms and
play/sports activities in the garden and playgrounds.
b.2.) Speech therapy:
1 Full-time and 1 Part-time Speech therapists provide the children with special needs.
b.3.) Occupational therapy:
1 Full-time and 1 Part-time Occupational therapist provide the children with special needs.
1 Full time * Psychologist, * Behavior Modification, * Educational Coordinator
c.Guidance and Recreation: Rehabilitation Recreational activities
c.1.) Art activities:
24 hours per week, with group activities with children. The children benefit greatly from this activity, which helps the psychologist be more efficacious.
c.2.) Recreational and Theatres activities:
20 hours per week – a variety of diversional and recreational theatre activities.
Physical Resources (Facilities, primary equipment, services, others):
Mosan Center and premises extend over 3,520 sq. meters built on land donated in 2001 by Borj AL Chamali Municipality.
Mosan Center’s main building comprises a four-story educational facility that provides ample room and space for its students and associated activities and services. The building’s space distribution makes the best possible use of the donated land space; it includes:
Basement Level that includes a winter playground carpentry, sewing workshops, Laundry, and 152- Amphitheater Seats.
Ground Floor Level that includes a bakery, students’ handmade products shop, a Dining hall and a kitchen, Administration, reception areas, and the Bakery.
First and Floor Levels that include Classrooms, rehab-therapy rooms, and a.
Second Floor Levels include Classrooms and host accommodation space for live-in students.
In addition to the above, recently a 600 m2 recreation area was added to the old basement, and a newly constructed 340 sq. meters lunch hall and kitchen were added next to the main building.
Mosan Center has 56 staff members (professional educators, therapists, psychologists, administrative and housekeeping) and 7 volunteers.
Financial resources: Our main operational and financial partners: