Join our first Mums in Beirut Insta Live

We would like to invite you to join our first Mums in Beirut Insta live session, created for Mums by Mums.

Our aim is to help support parents’ lives by sharing knowledge, advice and top tips.

We will be covering a range of topics relating to family life, children, sleep routine, healthy eating, holidays, homework, health you name it. Anything that us mums to through will be covered in our Insta Live Sessions.

These ideally will take place once a month as a start.

If you would like to join is our first session, please fill in this quick poll to let us know your favourite dates/times.

You can take part in the poll here.

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Mummy: Is Instagram affecting your wellbeing?

Instagram, established in 2010, has become one of the world’s most popular social media platforms. Every day, millions of users share pictures and videos of their lives but as an Instagrammer have you ever stopped to think about what you’re seeing and how it makes you feel?

Recent research suggests Instagram is the most damaging social media site for the wellbeing of teenagers and young adults. The Royal Society for Public Health (UK) found that its use increases feelings of anxiety and depression as well as affecting body image. Although it can also be a space for self-expression and building online communities, such negative results raise some worrying questions. Is Instagram making us put pressure on ourselves? Are we comparing ourselves to others too often? And could this be affecting our wellbeing as Mothers?

Whether we follow just our friends and family, celebrities or Mothers who dedicate their profiles to their family lives, we can all find ourselves wondering how we match up. Research approved by Sheffield Hallam University is now asking the question of whether Instagram use has an impact on the wellbeing of Mums with children under 5. Speaking to master’s student and developer of the study, Mara Moujaes said:

“We’ve already seen that Instagram has an impact on young people’s wellbeing. Now is the time to ask whether this is the case with Mothers who use the platform. Mums do so much for themselves and their families everyday yet can come under pressure to display an unrealistic, perfect lifestyle. My hope for this research is that women take part, feel represented and have their voices heard. Social media has become a big part of all of our lives and it’s time we truly consider how it affects us and those we love.”

The study will be open for women to take part online until June 2018 and can be accessed here.

The results will be reviewed, and recommendations made on how to support any women who feel affected by the pressures of Instagram. If you’re interested and want to know more, get in contact with the researcher via Instagram @2moumar or email b7040211@my.shu.ac.uk.

 

Mums in Beirut Mother’s day brunch 2018

We are proud to share with you our 2018 Mother’s day brunch at Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun. This will take place on Saturday 17th of March 2018 from 10.30am-1.30pm. We are excited to share with you a morning for a chance for mums to get together, share their stories and leave feeling empowered and inspired.

The morning will be hosted by Mums in Beirut alongside two guests speakers Walaa Tabaja and Maysa Raad.

 

We hope to see you there. Everyone will leave with a VIP goody bag.

 

Tickets are $30 and will help support Step Together Association Riverside.

 

 


 

Guest speakers

Walaa Tabaja
Known as MomysJourney
A mom of two. She will be sharing her motherhood journey and how it changed her whole life, and to the decisions she has made today for raising her children.

 


Maysa Raad, mother of one. She will be sharing her own motherhood journey and the challenges that she has encountered along the way. “The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. DONT GIVE UP” Robert Tew


Part of ticket sales will be supporting Step Together Association Riverside.

Step Together Association Riverside is a non-profit organization that operates with special needs children.
Founded by Dr. Wali Merhej in 1974, it started-off with a kindergarten and a diagnostic center. In 1993,
the non-profit organization had expanded to grow and to be established under the name of FiSTA. Today,
it is identified under the name of Step Together that serves special needs, children and adults with diverse
disabilities. Chaired by Dr. Reem Mouawad, the Association runs with the support of the committee group
members.
Step Together Association is located in Mansourieh-Dayshounieh along the riverside. 15 minutes drive
from downtown Beirut, the school lies in the core of the nature, amidst an environmentally protected area
surrounded by trees, mountains and water. With a dense serenity and peaceful setting, our schooling system
takes place, catering upto 200 students of all ages.

Warm Feet Campaign

Mums in Beirut and Ahla Fawda have joined forces once again with “Warm Feet Campaign”. Many people, especially children are facing the snowy, cold and wet conditions of winter without proper footwear. With your support, we can help change that.

Join us in our Warm Feet Campaign as we provide suitable shoes and boots to needy people, especially children.

How will the campaign work?

  • Please ask your family and friends, students and teachers to donate gently used or new winter shoes and boots.
  • Ahla Fawda is happy to provide your school with sacks to collect the donated footwear.
  • Sacks will be collected from your school on Friday 2nd  February 2018
  • The donated shoes and boots will be sorted and packed by Ahla Fawda volunteers at the collection point.
  • The Ahla Fawda “Warm Feet Campaign” distribution will take place in Akkar, North Lebanon on Wednesday 7th February 2018.
  • This event will be documented by the Scottish Screen academy. It will be a story about how children are learning and growing through acts of giving and awareness of the world around them. (There is an interest in this project by two Scottish TV channels.)
  • All schools participating in this campaign will be credited by name in the documentary.
  • All schools will receive a report following the distribution.

Ahla Fawda, founded in 2012 is a Beirut based NGO. We are a volunteer only organization. Recent activities include: projects to beautify Hamra Street,an awareness campaign for special needs access in Hamra, Hamra and Aley Festivals, Art murals in Hamra and Aley bridge, regular distributions of  food/clothing to the needy.

We look forward to your participation in our community campaign.

We count on you our community,  our followers, our readers, our friends, ours families,  ours schools and organizations  for your support to make our mission a reality.

 

For further information, please contact Mrs. Imane Assaf on Tel: 03-907360

 

Yours sincerely.

Imane Assaf

Founding President, AhlaFawda

Happy New Year

Wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous start to the New Year!

We are looking forwards to what 2018 will bring us.

Thank you for being part of our community.

Merry Christmas

Mums in Beirut couldn’t have become what it is without you and your support – whether you’ve been to a Mums in Beirut Meet up, enjoyed everyday inspiration on the Instagram corner or read the articles we publish.

Thank you.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

DAFA Campaign

On behalf of thousands of families in need across Lebanon, we’re reaching out to you to join forces!

Dafa Campaign, kicked off by journalist Paula Yaacoubian and in collaboration with BML Bank, is a national campaign that aims at

helping and supporting people in need all over Lebanon, by collecting donations such as clothes, blankets and all basic necessities.

So far, we were able to help over 50,000 families in need, our aim is to reach 100,000 this year..

We’re counting on your support to help us in this mission by spreading the word to your followers, friends and family.

Help can be presented in 2 ways:

– Donating Clothes, Blankets, Long Shelf Life Foods, Stationery, Home Appliances and other Basic Supplies. (Money Donations

Will NOT be Accepted). Donation Drop off boxes are spread across the country and in all 20 BML Branches. For more info about the drop off points please call. 76 099234.

– Volunteering to help sort out the donations before giving them to their new families.

Location: Martyrs’ Square / Date: 26/11/2017 / Time: 10.00 AM.

For more info on volunteering please call 76 099234.

Be part of this life changing initiative.

Spread the kindness within you !

من خیرك ساعد غیرك

Join us for a Gingerbread Frosting Party!

Bringing the community spirit with Help and Heal. Mums in Beirut is proud to be supporting Help and Heal in their christmas initiative next week taking place at Sursock Palace and Bristol Hotel in December 2017.

Join us for a  Gingerbread Frosting Party!

At Sursock Palace on November 22nd, 25 and 26 from 9am to 5pm
Bristol Hotel on December 1,2,3 from 11am to 9pm
Please register online at: www.helpandheal.lebanon.com

About Help and Heal

Help and Heal is a non-profit charity founded in 2001 that operates under the umbrella of the Bon Pasteur. lts motto is children helping Children as it is committed to improving the lives of the under-privileged Lebanese children of all confessions with the help of privileged Lebanese children, whose life in turn is enriched by the act of reaching out and giving.

  • Help and Heal provides Educational support

Through full tuition to a number of students in need.  A center where kids can come and get help with their homework. . A library that has been offered and inventoried by young volunteers, and that is added to every year.

  • Help and Heal provides Recreational opportunities

A recreational facility where children meet on Saturdays. . A full-board summer camp that has included in the past, meals at McDonald’s fun tlme at Waves and a magical day at the circus. . At Christmas, we make sure that our center is one of the stops on Santa’s world tour.

  • Help and Heal provides Health facilities

Help and Heal supports Bon Pasteur in accomplishing its mission to provide health facilities and medication  to families in need. A fully equipped dispensary is staffed by volunteers  doctors of  various specialities including a GP, a dentist and a gynaecologist.

Your contribution is appreciated this festive season.

Message from Help and Heal:

Being children, they all deserve to be happy. Part of the funds are destined to provide them with a full board summer camp, a fun day at Waves, movies and any entertainment suitable for kids. And, of course, we have to make sure that Santa does not forget them this year because every child deserves his Christmas gifts.

We know that there are many charities, all of which are in need of help. But we monitor the work of the Sisters of Bon Pasteur and we are truly impressed with the results they can show for with so little. Poverty is probably the strongest common denominator in Lebanon, and the Sisters make sure that every child under their care is treated the same.

But considering the high prices of goods and services, the money needed to help Sisters of Bon Pasteur do their daily miracles is not easy to attain. Help and Heal is doing their yearly fundraising activities. Other than offering the products of their bazar, they will offer a fun activity which is the joy of children, small and big: the decoration of a gingerbread house.

They hope to repeat this year the success they had in the previous one and be able to give to the children of the Sisters of Bon Pasteur a very Merry Christmas and a constructive and happy 2018“.

 

 

For more information visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @helpandheallebanon

 

The latest trends on Recycling

For those who follow @Mums in Beirut on social media would realise the importance recycling has to our daily life and routine. Our hashtag #saynotoplastic says it all. As its National Recylcing Week, we want to share this article with you.

Recycling plays an important role in the life of a Mother. It is the setting stone in showing our kids and the new generation the importance it is for our community and the environment we live in. 

Why recycle?

Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards saving the environment. We must all recycle to keep Beirut Beautiful.

Recycling in your Home

Recycling can be done in 3 easy steps by remembering the 3 Rs: Recycle, Re-use and Reduce.

RECYLE becomes a habit when you know how and what you can and cannot recycle. You can even get your kids involved too! Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. These need to be sorted in bins which then your municipality can use for recycling purposes. With kids at home, batteries can also be recycled, check out which centres provide this on the information sheet below.

REUSE and reduce, when shopping at the supermarket make sure you bring along a reusable grocery bags. In Europe, it seems like more and more supermarkets have discontinued plastic bags, and switched to paper-only shopping bags. They have also set up discount incentives for customers to bring their own reusable bag. That’s because they have finally discovered the inconvenient truth about plastic bags: They’re rarely recycled. They’re made from petroleum oil and they’re an enormous harm to our environment. Applaud yourself if you are already doing this as a Mum and for being environmentally aware. But if you’re still using plastic bags at the check out, read the facts below and consider making the switch. Our world deserves to be treated better.

Picture from @mumsinbeirut Instagram

Picture from @mumsinbeirut Instagram

REDUCE. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.

Most of plastic bags end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment.  We clearly see a lot of  this on our streets, and in our sea. It’s estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags, this is without mentioning  that some of the residual plastic particles end up in our food chain. When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans. Buy products that have been made from recycled material.

You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.

Most Spinneys supermarkets have recyclable machine for plastic water bottles and we get the kids involved in recycling all the plastic bottles we have at home. For very 40 bottles you recycle either big or small, you receive a 2L Nestle water bottle so there is a reward for them at the end.

Recycling in your community

Following the waste “mis-management” crisis, please see the information gathered by the  Lebtivity team with a list of all recycling centres and hubs in Lebanon.  This is comprehensive list that you can share with your neighbours, friends, contacts, company, or municipality. Also check out what initiatives your schools have put in place for recycling as well as the business you work for.

Lebtivity.com

Every effort you make will make a difference to our daily life and for the safe and healthy upbringing of our children. We should all ‘Love the streets you live in’.

We have seen a few recycling bins around Beirut, which is a great improvement but we still need more of them around. We also need to educate our Lebanese people not to litter and recycle part of every day life. It is important to bring awareness to our community and for keeping Beirut Beautiful for us and for the new generation.

We would love you to share your thoughts with us. Make sure you follow ‘Mums in Beirut’ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @mumsinbeirut and tag us using #mumsinbeirut to share your Beautiful Beirut pictures with us!

Strengthening the Child Protection Network

With the increased allocation of resources in recent years, the child protection sector in Lebanon has been able to steadily increase the coverage and availability of its services.

Every one of us can be part of the Child Protection Network, want to know how and what role can you play in fighting child abuse and protecting childhood?

 

Although civil societies are important, the protection of children from violence and danger can never become a reality with complete reliance on individual organizations. Rather, ensuring the comprehensive protection of children is the responsibility of whole communities requiring collaboration between multiple parties including parents, professionals, organizations and government. In this sense, protecting children is a responsibility of society as a whole.

While the child protection network shows promising growth, multiple challenges remain. The aim of this year’s symposium is to highlight existing and emerging challenges hindering the comprehensive protection of children in Lebanon.

Each panel, outlined below, will bring together different stakeholders in the child protection network to identify difficulties and suggest context-specific solutions to common issues faced in the field.

Himaya Lebanon are organising their Annual Symposium on October 20 and 21 at the Faculty of medicine in USJ. You are invited to take part in discussions and workshops to identify your role in protecting kids from all kinds of abuse. FREE admission and you can even bring your kids along.

Mums in Beirut will be speaking on Friday the 20th October alongside other speakers in the panel. Please find below full program.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20th: PANELS

8h30-9h: Reception and registration

9h-9h30: Opening message and introduction of the day

9h30-1045h: Residential and alternative care systems in Lebanon

In Lebanon, as per law 422, the Juvenile judge can choose to protect at-risk children by placing them in a residential center. However, these centers don’t always manage to respond effectively to the physical and psychological needs of children. Current trends show an evolution towards promoting alternative care systems such as kinship or foster care. While there are entry points in law 422 that could allow for the implementation of alternative care systems, there are many bottlenecks as well, often related to religious beliefs and culture in Lebanon. How can we find suitable alternative care modalities that are adapted to the Lebanese context ?

● Judicial framework of child protection – challenges with measures for protection and possible alternatives
● Residential care in Lebanon
● Alternative care systems in Lebanon
● From alternative care to the importance of prevention: the “Isibindi” model

10h45-11h15: Coffee break

11h15-12h30: Children, institutions and sexuality

There is a culture of silence surrounding sexuality in Lebanon creating obstacles for the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse. Sexuality is rarely discussed with young people as it is most often considered taboo in their families, religious and educational institutions. This leads to young people having little information and guidance on healthy and acceptable sexual relationships. Ideally, sexuall education should be made available to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and values to make responsible choices about their sexual and social relationships. Also, community members in contact with children such as parents, teachers and other institutions should be able to discuss sexuality as a whole, including sexual violence, and offer guidance on how to protect oneself. The aim of this panel is to work towards facilitating the discussion around sexuality and highlighting its need for young people.

● The role of religious organisations and institutions in child protection
● The question of sexual education in Lebanon
● Integrating a sexual education program in schools

12h30-13h30: Lunch break

13h30-14h45: Emerging issues in child protection

As society and technology evolve, professionals in the child protection sector are facing new and re-emerging challenges that require more specialized interventions. One of these issues is that of children with special needs, a particularly vulnerable population that isn’t always receiving enough attention and support. On another hand, with the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, children have unrestricted access to content of all kinds. This creates new opportunities, but also exposes children to potential dangers such as cyberbulling and cybercrime that are on the rise. Finally, while child exploitation is not a new issue, the influx of refugees and the precariousness of their living situation, has lead to a significant increase in exploitation rates. Keeping in mind the particularities of our context and culture, how can we develop adapted and effective strategies for these different issues?

● Child protection and children with special needs
● Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children
● Cyberbullying and cybercrimes: role of the cybercrime unit

14h45-15h: Break

15h00-16h15: Towards a “resilient” child protection network

The child protection sector is a network of institutions and organizations working with the common goal of promoting the wellbeing and safety of children. In order to ensure long term protection for children, the sector should strive to be not only sustainable but also resilient. This means that implementation strategies should be adaptable to overcome context-specific challenges. One way to reach this goal is to link with other sectors that also work for the wellbeing of children such as the health sector. Buy-in from society as a whole regarding the issue of child protection must also be an objective for those involved. All the while, we should not forget that at the center of all these efforts are the children themselves. They are not only beneficiaries of our services but should be made active participants in their own protection.

● Implementing a Child Protection Policy for healthcare institutions in Lebanon
● Involving citizens in Child Protection
● Child agency: Children’s active participation in protection efforts

16h15-17h: Conclusion

Saturday OCTOBER 21th: WORKSHOPS

9h-9h30: Registration
9h30-11h15: First series of workshops
1. Residential centers in Lebanon : towards best practices
This workshop will unite stakeholders in an open discussion around the subject of residential centers in Lebanon. The panel will discuss local challenges, best practices and recommendations.

2. Parental guidance and sexual education
Parents often have difficulty communicating with their children about matters related to sexuality. Nevertheless, positive communication between parents and children greatly helps young people to establish individual values and to make healthy decisions. How should parents discuss sex and sexuality with their children?

3. The Isibindi model: a community based intervention
The National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) developed the Isibindi program in response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Africa. The word ‘Isibindi’ is isiZulu for ‘courage’. The program is a community-based intervention that provides prevention and early intervention care for children in poor communities where few services previously were available. This workshop will address how this model can be adapted in Lebanon,

11h15-11h30: Break

11h30-13h: Second series of workshops
1. Towards developing alternative care systems in Lebanon
In this workshop, a situation analysis of the Lebanese context regarding alternative care measures will be presented focusing on its specificities. International standards and their adaptation to the local context will be discussed.

2. Exploring the perception of sexuality and sex education in Lebanon
This workshop will address the question of sexual education in Lebanon taking into consideration societal taboos and religious dogma. Through an interactive exchange with the public, positives and negatives of each position will be explored to determine what is in the best interest of children.

3. Discrimination and emotional lives of displaced youth

The aim of this workshop is to take a fuller measure of the emotions and challenges associated with experiences of discrimination. The presenters will draw on sociological insights, recent academic debates and their current research in Beirut to offer ways for exploring how displaced youth experience discrimination, racialized bullying and micro-aggressions, both in schools and in their daily lives. The findings and methods discussed will offer new ideas or tools that workshop participants might find useful when engaging with displaced youth, organizations or policymakers.

13h-14h: Lunch

14h-15h30: Third series of workshops

1. The role of religious institutions: Dialogue with religious figures about child protection
This workshop will bring together religious leaders from various confessions to discuss openly and publicly the roles and responsibilities of religious organisations and institutions in child protection.

2. Children with special needs : policy and interventions
Children with special needs are often at greater risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation than other children. Child protection systems should focus on the inclusion of this group of children, and their caregivers as well as address social attitudes and perceptions. Efforts should be done at both the prevention and intervention levels. How can we develop intervention strategies and policies that are adapted to children with special needs?
3. Cybercrime unit: how to protect children online
In this workshop, the ISF’s Cybercrime unit will give recommendations and guidelines on how to protect children from cybercrimes, and will illustrate their intervention through case studies

15h-16h: Closing

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Phone: 79 – 30 10 52 OR 76 – 45 19 47
Email: annualsymposium@himaya.org