HOLIDAY CAMPS FOR THE DISABLED - AL FADI CENTER, CHABROUH
Location: 60km North East of Beirut, near Faraya
Starting Year: 1998
Congregation/Foundation: German and Lebanese Associations of the Order
Since 1998, young volunteers from the Order of Malta have joined forces to conduct holiday camps serving mentally and physically challenged Lebanese in the Al Fadi Center in Chabrouh.
The architecture of the Center is ideally suited for disabilities and wheelchair mobility. The center benefits from large terraces and stunning views on the Kesrouan mountains and valleys. The center currently consists of two large dormitories for the volunteers, as well as two floors of bedrooms to host the disabled ‘guests’ (1-4 ‘guests’ per room).
Key figures 2012:
Number of camps: 15
Number of ‘guests’ served: ~ 400
Number of homes and psychiatric hospitals reached: 6
Number of volunteers involved: ~ 200
Number of delegations of the Order of Malta involved: 5
Number of nationalities represented: 10
Main syndromes of our "guests":
Severe Mental Retardation
Very low intellectual ability that is accompanied by significant deficits in abilities (as in communication or self-care) necessary for independent daily living. Is present from birth or infancy, and is manifested especially by delayed or abnormal development, learning difficulties, and problems in social adjustment.
Any of various disorders marked by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain and typically manifested by sudden brief episodes of altered or diminished consciousness, involuntary movements, or convulsions.
Examples: focal epilepsy, jacksonian epilepsy, myoclonic epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy.
A developmental disorder that appears by age three and that is variable in expression but is recognized and diagnosed by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns.
The polyhandicap is a serious handicap with multiple expressions, in which a severe mental deficiency and a motor deficiency are associated with the same cause, involving an extreme restriction of the patient’s autonomy.
A congenital condition characterized by moderate to severe mental retardation, upward slanting eyes usually with epicanthic folds, a broad short skull, broad hands with short fingers, decreased muscle tone, and by trisomy of the human chromosome numbered 21 - also called trisomy 21.
A disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth and outwardly manifested by muscular incoordination and speech disturbances.
Examples: ataxic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy
The Al Fadi Center in Chabrouh has currently reached the full capacity of the initial project with a total of 15 one-week camps organized each year, and a total of ~ 400 ‘guests’ served each year.
In order to propel this project to the next level and serve more than 1,000 ‘guests’ per year (20% of the demand for such camps), we need to expand the existing capacity of the Center as well as grow the total number of camps organized each year.
To do so, it is imperative that we renovate and expand the Al Fadi Center in Chabrouh so it can be fully operational during the harsh winter and fall seasons, thus catering for a larger number of occupants per camp.
The construction and rehabilitation of the Center are expected to span over a period of 18 months of effective work (exclusion of 3 winter months):
Starting date: May 15, 2013
Completion date: February 15, 2015
Our "guests" will highly appreciate your support and contribution to this expansion project! You can donate by clicking here or contacting us for further information.
During the complete period of reconstruction, the Al Fadi Center in Chabrouh will be closed for camps, and therefore all activities will be relocated to new premises in Sourat, North Lebanon.