Amel Association International (Amel) is a non-governmental organization NGO) founded by Dr.Kamel Mohanna in 1979 in Lebanon. Active in emergency response as well as in long-term development programs, Amel aims to support the most vulnerable population, whether they are local or hosted, by implementing accessible activities in health and psychology, education, rural development, livelihood, food security, child protection, gender equality and human rights. Amel provides the services through its 24 centers, 2 mobile educational units, 1 protection mobile unit and 6 mobile clinics spread in the most deprived areas of Lebanon.
Currently, AMEL is working in some of the closest areas to conflicts, next to the Syrian border. Historically, AMEL has always worked in sensitive areas, for example, during the Israeli occupation and the Lebanese Civil War, the association worked in territories that were being disputed by rival political and sectarian militias. AMEL has always been independent, placing the human being above all. Through its experience, AMEL has proven that a non-sectarian approach is the most effective way to acquire durable peace and appeasement. Such an approach should be part of a global response to the current challenges faced by the Arab world.
Why is Amel an Excellence Center? A long-established institute, Amel serves as a center of excellence for basic service delivery for and capacity development of the most vulnerable population, including refugees, on a national and a regional scale. After more than 38 years of continuous efforts and dedication, AMEL still works through a field-based approach and has shown how local and national NGOs can make a difference and can contribute to alleviate hardship of destitute communities and empower individuals without discrimination. The work of AMEL is extremely valuable for Lebanon, which is not only a country that has suffered a very long and violent conflict between 1975 and 1990, but also a country suffering chronically from external instability of its neighbors and where the role of the State is weak and public services deficient. Amel, as a Center of Excellence, implements initiatives, particularly in relation with research, innovation and learning. Amel’s high standards of conduct, based on the humanitarian principles and particularly humanity, solidarity and dignity, guide its field intervention. In the sector of research, Amel’s action inform key publications related to international humanitarian law, right to health, right to education, among other topics. Amel is also contributing to various studies, through its field offices, particularly in the sector of health. As for innovation, Amel has a wide range of actions which are reshaping traditional humanitarian and development initiatives including mobile educational, protection and medical units. The learning stream is disseminated in all Amel’s activities through regular capacity building, monitoring, evaluation and capitalization processes, conducted in partnership with external consultants and universities.
International Cooperation. AMEL promotes the strengthening of the South-North cooperation through its partnership with Médecins du Monde over the 3 decades, but also the regional cooperation, such as the project in partnership with Youth of the Middle-East setting up a training course about communication and conflict management, coupled with a cultural exchange in Lebanon between young Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians. AMEL is a member in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the International Council of Voluntary Associations and in the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, an extensive network of NGOs favoring better coordination of humanitarian action worldwide. In 2017, Amel has been recognized as an observer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and as a member of the Geneva Global Health Hub.
The organization has offices in Switzerland, USA and France to replicate its approach with the vulnerable populations in Europe. Moreover, AMEL was one of the most active NGO participating in the dialogue related to “reshaping humanitarian action” as part of the preparatory process of the World Humanitarian Summit held in 2016. Thereby, AMEL essentially aims to promote a fairer balance between international and local NGOs working in Lebanon or other parts of the world.
- 10 million services since its establishment:
- 250 000 consultations per year (Generalists, Pediatrics, Gynecologists, psychologists, laboratory test, Basic specialists) in the centers;
- 40 000 consultations per year with our Mobile Medical Units;
- 3 000 beneficiaries of the program “Migrant Domestic Worker” since its creation 2011;
- 10 000 beneficiaries of the program “Youth Empowerment” since 2011;
- 3 000 beneficiaries of the program “Women Empowerment” since 2011;
- 52 000 students follow the program “Children Education” since 2011;
- 5000 students enrolled in the vocational trainings per year;
- 1 500 children followings educational programs by the end of 2017;
- 5000 children and parents enrolled in the protection program per year;
- 450 street children supported individually in 2017;
- Capacity to put in place emergency response during a migration crisis.
Dr Kamel Mohanna, President
Telephone: + 961 3 202 270