Quick Overview on arcenciel:
arcenciel was created in 1984, authorized in 1985 by the Lebanese Ministry of Interior, and recognized as a public utility in November 1995 (presidential decree n° 7541). arcenciel is an apolitical, non-confessional, and independent organization that works with and for all people in difficulty without discrimination of age, gender, religion, culture or nationality. Created during the Lebanese civil war to assist disabled persons, arcenciel has become one of the first technical aid producers in Lebanon, rehabilitating spaces for disabled persons, and developing a national program for better accessibility for them; which was later passed as a law in June 2000. Drawing on its success, arcenciel broadened its mission to “engage in the sustainable development of the society by supporting fragile groups and integrating marginalized people”. Since its creation, arcenciel has provided around 37 million services to more than 380,000 beneficiaries. arcenciel also treats 85% of Lebanon’s hospital waste and 915 tons of solid wastes a year; and manages the 2km2 Jesuit “Domaine de Taanayel” through which it promotes sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism through its eco-touristic activities.
All activities arcenciel implements have a social and environmental purpose and seek economic viability, all which ensure their sustainability. Our objective is to promote sustainable development through three main axes: Social: care of persons in need, Environmental: the preservation of natural resources and Economic: the cost-efficiency and financial autonomy. arcenciel has always adopted a tripod strategy based of: Community Work: allowing the assessment of community needs, using their available resources; Service-Providing Institutions: across Lebanon offering specialized services and working with and for the beneficiaries; and Public Program: guaranteeing a legal structure and stabilizing the two other pillars.
arcenciel currently runs five programs: 1- Agriculture and Environment; 2- Mobility and Health; 3- Responsible Tourism and Cultural Heritage; 4- Social Support; and 5-Youth Empowerment, in 13 centers distributed across all Lebanese regions (Greater Beirut, Beqaa, Mount-Lebanon, North, and South Lebanon). Besides these centers, arcenciel has running offices in France and the USA.
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