Our Cause, Mission and Vision
Our vision is to make child protection a right, everywhere.
Our mission is to promote an environment suitable for the development of children and ensure their global protection via fighting and preventing abuse on Lebanese ground.
Child abuse is a pressing issue that has long been neglected, especially in Lebanese society where child labor, child prostitution and child marriage continue to exist.
himaya is a Lebanese Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to making child protection a right across Lebanon. himaya aims to break the silence and offers children the life skills they need to defend themselves. himaya also supports survivors of abuse and gives them the psychosocial support they need to overcome their experiences. In order to be as effective as possible, himaya works with children, their families, and surroundings as a whole. It strives to make a change on a national level with the help of its two main programs: the training and resilience programs. It covers the majority of Lebanese territory with offices in Mansourieh, Beirut, Baalbeck, Zahle, Zgharta, Halba and Sidon.
himaya gives awareness sessions and protects children who are victims of four types of abuse:
Physical abuse is purposely hurting a child and causing injuries such as burns, cuts, bruises, or broken bones.
Children who are victims of physical abuse suffer violence such as being hit, kicked, poisoned, burned, slapped or having objects thrown at them. Shaking or hitting babies can cause Non- Accidental Head Injuries (NAHI). Sometimes parents or caregivers make children sick by giving them medicine they don't need; this is known as fabricated or induced illness (FII).
Physically abusing a child causes serious, and often long-lasting, harm - and in severe cases, even death.
Psychological abuse, sometimes called emotional abuse, is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child. It involves deliberately trying to scare, humiliate a child, isolating or ignoring them and can seriously damage their emotional health and development.
Child psychological abuse includes but is not limited to:
- Constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating a child
- Calling names and making negative comparisons to others
- Telling a child he or she is “no good," "worthless," "bad," or "a mistake."
- Frequent yelling, threatening, or bullying
- Ignoring or rejecting a child as punishment, giving him or her the silent treatment
- Limited physical contact with the child—no hugs, kisses, or other signs of affection
- Exposing the child to violence or the abuse of others, whether it be the abuse of a parent, a sibling, or even a pet
- Manipulating a child, using emotional blackmail, telling a child they won't be loved if they don't obey
Children are sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn't have to be physical contact, and it can happen online. Sometimes the child won't understad that what's happening to them is abuse, they may not even understand that what is happening is wrong. If a child does not protest, it does not mean they are consenting - sexual acts with children are never consensual.
Child sexual abuse includes but is not limited to:
- Touching a child's genitals or private parts for sexual pleasure
- Making a child touch someone else's genitals, play sexual games or have sex putting objects or body parts
- Showing pornography to a child
- Deliberately exposing an adult's genitals to a child
- Photographing a child in sexual poses
- Encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts
- Inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom
Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. A child who is neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage - even death.
If you suspect a child to be subjected to any form of abuse, please contact (961) 3 414 964
You can find some statistical records below: