ILO donates items to Beirut shelter for disadvantaged and working street children

The ILO Regional Office for Arab States will donate items to the Home of Hope, a non-profit organization that shelters and cares for homeless, disadvantaged and working street children. The donation will help the shelter and the children it cares for meet some of their basic needs and carry out essential functions.

The ILO Regional Office for Arab States will donate items to the Home of Hope, a non-profit organization that shelters and cares for homeless, disadvantaged and working street children, located in the Kahale area of Beirut, Lebanon. The donation will help the shelter and the children it cares for meet some of their basic needs and carry out essential functions. The items include food, gasoline used for water heaters, educational equipment, stationary, clothes, shoes and toys.

The donation is made possible through funding by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the ILO project entitled “Combatting the worst forms of child labour among Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon.” The Norway-funded ILO project combats child labour especially in the agricultural and street-based work sectors.

In fulfilment of Lebanon’s National Action Plan for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of child Labour in Lebanon by 2020, the ILO and the Ministry of Labour are attending to the issue of working street children in Lebanon at different levels: refurbishing and directly supporting centres for working street children, providing staff for some, and organizing specialized capacity building activities for their social workers as well as for internal security services that withdraw children from the streets and refer them to appropriate centres.

The Home of Hope operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, and receives children of all ages and nationalities.