LSESD (Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development)
LSESD seeks to serve the church in Lebanon and the Arab World through spiritual, educational and social development.
The church and the community in Beirut.
In March 2011, LSESD opened a centre for Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences (SKILD) in Mansourieh on the outskirts of Beirut to help address the issue of special needs education in Lebanon. SKILD's specialised services - in Arabic, English and French - have a transformational impact on families, children and teenagers who struggle with learning differences, as well as benefitting professionals who work with such students. By tailoring their approach according to the particular strengths and learning requirements of the individual, the SKILD team cater for their academic, social and emotional needs and enable them to become active citizens in their environment. The minibus in the photo above was bought thanks to a grant from Embrace the Middle East.
In addition to the SKILD Centre, LSESD also runs the following programmes:
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), with students from across the Middle East.
Dar Manhal Al Hayat publishing house, producing Christian resources in the Arab language.
Beirut Baptist School, whose academic excellence makes it very popular with Muslim as well as Christian families.
Children & Youth Ministry including camps for children and an annual conference for youth workers.
Embrace's response to the Syrian crisis:
Embrace has sent LSESD £50,000 for a winterization project in Zahle among Syrian refugees. This money has proven critical in meeting immediate needs - especially in the cold winter that Lebanon is currently experiencing. Read more...