Graduation ceremony for 6th graders in Saida

Posted on Jun 27, 2016

Maarouf Saad Social and Cultural Foundation (MSSCF) recently celebrated the graduation of their 6th grade students in Saida. Students received their diplomas, and parents and families were invited to attend concerts and performances by the students.

MSSCF is a Lebanese NGO established in 1980 to provide education, health and social services to the underprivileged in the Saida area, South Lebanon. MSSCF works in the poorest areas of Saida, in the old city and the area around Ein el-Helweh refugee camp. MSSCF operate two primary schools including kindergartens, three health clinics, and preventive and curative mental health services for Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians.

MSSCF, with support from NORWAC, runs the Family Resource Center / MADA, which aims to develop "self-help groups" for families with children with mental problems or learning difficulties. MADA has a “mothers program” combined with literacy programs, teaching mothers and social workers about early intervention in families where children are at risk of developing mental and psychosocial problems. This program has so far resulted in zero school disruption for those children already in MSSCF schools.

With the aggravation of the Syrian crisis, the foundation has opened its schools, centers and clinics to receive the refugees. Their two primary schools, the Saida Watanieh and the Natasha Saad National Schools, are hosting 50 refugee children from Syria every school year with support from the Norwegian Embassy in Beirut.

There are many children in Saida in need of scholarships to attend school, including Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese. If you would like to support MSSCF’s scholarship program for underprivileged children in Saida, please read more here.