To promote the protection, mental health wellbeing and economic empowerment of vulnerable individuals and communities, globally, through education, support, research, and advocacy, with a focus specifically on human rights, gender equality, and human dignity.
To serve the most vulnerable in our society – women & girls. Mental health and gender transformative change is central to our vision.
To partner with vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals and communities to enhance their mental health resilience, and to assist in their empowerment, today and into the future. We are committed to creating a gentle and kind world, free of discrimination, inequality, and oppression.
What Makes Us Different?
The life of refugees and people touched by war and other man-made or natural disasters is unpredictable.
We are agile and responsive to their urgent needs, because we are embedded with the communities we serve, and because we are committed to responding to the needs as identified by the communities we serve.
We provide our services in the schools, medical facilities, community centers, camps or settlements where the refugees or Internally Displaced People (IPD) live … Anywhere that is most accessible for vulnerable people.
What is MHPSS?
The term “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support” (MHPSS) describes any type of support that aims to protect and promote psychosocial wellbeing and to prevent or treat mental disorders for people in crisis situations
The Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Our current MHPSS services are being provided in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, with Syrian and Palestinian Refugees and vulnerable Lebanese. The Bekaa Valley is in the East of Lebanon and borders to the West of Syria; it has the largest concentration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon; unofficial numbers are around 800,000.
In the event of emergencies, we also provide Relief Services. Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, people need their basic needs of food, shelter and safety met before they can even begin to think about their psychological and social needs. The Bekaa Valley experiences severe winters (for example, in January 2019, see here or here) which has caused increased hardship for Refugees living in tents. The economic crisis in Lebanon has brought some refugees to the brink of starvation. In these extreme circumstances, our first commitment to the communities we serve is to provide relief in the form of tent fortification and weatherization, hygiene products, cleaning and sanitization products, diapers and baby formula, clean drinking water, warm blankets, oil for heating, and food parcels.
It is during these times that we do focused emergency fundraising to meet the needs of a specific crisis.
Humanitarian services for vulnerable communities, by community members.
Reaching Across Borders is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit humanitarian services organization.
USA Tax ID / EIN: 85-2397845.
All donations are tax-deductible in the USA to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.