Special emphasis on the Dom community
At Tahaddi, we place a special emphasis on supporting the Lebanese Dom community. The Dom are an ethnic minority that have lived in Lebanon and surrounding countries for generations. The majority of Dom in Lebanon were nationalized in the early 1990s. Despite this, the Dom face systematic discrimination and marginalization. A study conducted by the NGO Terres des Hommes (The Dom People and their Children in Lebanon) found that over 76% of the Dom families interviewed face extreme
We run an education program for children too old to be integrated in the public school system or who have dropped out of school for social and economic reasons. This is a full-time program that meets the specific needs of over 120 students per year. Read More
Tahaddi operates a community-based health center which offers free medical care to over 400 patients each month. The health center, which is located in the heart of the shanty town, also provides a welcoming and child-friendly place where women and their families can gather... Read more
Tahaddi social work team provides additional care and support for the most vulnerable families. Services include counseling, home visits, referrals to partner organizations and material assistance. Read More
Our mission is one of hope. Our approach is that of solidarity.
"Where would I be if Tahaddi hadn't offered me and my family so much?" Young Salim was visiting the Tahaddi Education Center one day and surprised us with this very touching comment. He had been a student for 5 years and had just completed 9 months of training as a mechanic. Tahaddi means "challenge" in Arabic and it is the challenge of poverty that we take to heart.
This work actually started with just two bags full of medicine