Empowering Communities

Humanitarian services for vulnerable communities, by community members.

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Our Mission

We are a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and improving mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities, globally, through education, support, empowerment, research, and advocacy.

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.

What Makes Us Different?

The life of refugees and people touched by war is unpredictable.

We are agile and responsive to their urgent needs, because we are embedded with the communities we serve.

We provide our services in the schools, camps, or settlements where the refugees or Internally Displaced People (IPD) live. We also bring groups of children, women, and men to our center for education sessions and for Psychosocial Support (PSS) Services, this helps to provide them respite from the camp environment.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we can provide most of our services remotely. Our customized approach allows us to reach and engage with our beneficiaries using telecommunication technology.

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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/or prevent or treat mental disorders for people in crisis situations

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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.

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Our Services

Mental Health Consultation & Medication Management

We provide free psychiatric consultations and free medication management to vulnerable individuals with mental health conditions.

 

 

Individual Therapy and
Group Therapy

We provide individual therapy using a variety of intervention methodologies and techniques. For patients with similar traumatic experiences, we provide group therapy to help them address their mental health issues and to develop positive copying skills.

Psychosocial Support, Education, Awareness, and Empowerment

We provide evidence-based Psychosocial Support (PSS) programs targeting children, adolescents, and caregivers. We also conduct awareness sessions and psycho-education and facilitate and support women’s economic empowerment activities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making our services accessible through telecommunication.

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Relief Services

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.

 

Our Values

Service and Partnership

Our primary goal is to provide services to vulnerable communities and individuals in need and to address their mental health needs regardless of geography, culture, ethnicity, values, or beliefs without prejudice or judgement. To elevate service to others above self-interest. We strive to partner with professionals, organizations, and donors who share our values of dignity, equality, human rights, humanitarianism, respect and independence to provide enhanced services to the communities we serve.

The Dignity and Worth of the Person

We respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person. We treat each person in a caring and respectful manner, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity. We commit to promote people’s right to self-determination and seek to enhance their capacity and opportunity to change and to address their own needs.

Importance of Human Relationships

We recognize the central importance of human relationships and we understand that relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change. We engage people as partners in the helping process and seek to strengthen relationships among people in a purposeful effort to promote, restore, maintain, and enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families, social groups, organizations, and communities.

Human Rights

We firmly believe that basic rights and freedoms belong to every person in the world, from birth until death, regardless of geography, race, beliefs, culture, ethnicity, or how they choose to live their life. We embrace humanitarian principles in all aspects of our interactions.

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Reaching Across Borders - Empowering Communities

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.

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