Government Is Turning Its Back on the Children of Sesobel - The961

Government Is Turning Its Back on the Children of Sesobel

What will happen now to the Children of Sesobel?

One of Lebanon's oldest and most needed NGOs, Sesobel, is about to shut its doors for good to the Lebanese kids with special needs as a result of the government failing to release the funds owed to the institution.

Via Sesobel

In this regard, Sesobel issued an administrative statement announcing the adoption of a series of measures due to the financial pressures that are crashing it down. 

Via Richard Kouyoumijian

These measures include reducing the number of days in which the institution can receive and attend to the children, canceling the daily meals it used to provide to the kids and replacing them with sandwiches provided by parents, adjusting the schedule of direct care in Sesobel centers to 4 days only, from Tuesday to Friday.

How would the institution manage further under the increasing financial pressure is a question mark in a dark future that is edging too close. In fact, Sesobel has announced that it is closing its doors on June 28 until further notice, and a decision of re-opening to serve the needed kids will depend on its future status.

Via Partage

Accordingly, the organization has called for an emergency meeting on Thursday 13/6/2019 to inform the parents of the children of the measures taken.

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Sesobels' crisis goes back to 2018 as the Ministry of Social Affairs has been failing to settle Sesobels' disbursement of $1.7 million, the matter that affected a huge number of Sesobel children and staff.

"We have not received a single payment since June 2018," Sesobel director Fadia Safi told Annahar, adding that her organization employs 215 full-time workers and another 25 on a part-time basis.

Via Sesobel Twitter

From their side, Lebanese Officials stressed that all settlements will be covered once the new budget is approved by the Parliament.

As a result,  Minister of Social Affairs Richard Kouyoumijian pleaded with his fellow officials to release the funds needed for Sesobel to continue its operations and vowed to bring up the issue at the next Cabinet meeting.

Via Annahar

Kouyoumijian also visited Sesobel announcing that it will continue its work. "We will not accept the shut down of Sesobel or other welfare associations," he said. Adding "You are like a green cedar and we will not accept this cedar to die".

Sesobels' decision of shutting down provoked a wave of anger on social media platforms where some people started comparing the case with provisions and expenses paid by the state on matters less important than the noble mission of Sesobel.

On the other hand, messages of support and love flooded the social media as well and people announced their donations each in his own way.

Via Sesobel

For those of you who haven't heard of Sesobel, it's a Lebanese NGO that was founded in 1976 by Yvonne Chami for the welfare of children with disabilities and their families.

Sesobel's main mission is to "implement a coherent and monitored service of assisting children with disability and to accompany their families as partners in facing life’s challenges."

Should you feel it in your heart to lend help to Sesobel in any way, please get in touch with the center: direction@sesobel.org or ceo-office@sesobel.org or visit their website to donate.

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