Social is a work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those people in a community suffering from social deprivation, it is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. One of the most important social work voluntary organization that is making a big effect on the society in Lebanon is the Lebanese red cross that plays a very important role in helping people that are in need.
The Lebanese Red Cross gathers thousands of volunteers qualified to provide services for the most vulnerable and needy people of the Lebanese society. It is considered the largest national humanitarian organization. The Lebanese Red Cross has developed its work and activities to meet national needs for more than 70 years (since 1945). Today, the activities include: Dissemination of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), youth summer clubs, annual Child Festival, remedial courses, environmental activities, training the youth to non-violence, prisons and juvenile center programs, rest houses visits, celebration of the International Volunteers Day, income generating activities (fund-raising campaigns, seasonal cards, car wash, paper manufacturing…) and recruitment of volunteers. A group of trained specialists supervise the implementation of these activities.
are responsible for training the youth (between ages 5 to 12) on correct health and environmental behavior, following a healthy diet and prevention against home accidents by using the “from children to parents method”. This activity is considered an opportunity to recruit new volunteers. All this is achieved through activities, games and songs stressing the importance of cooperation, respect, patriotism, children’s rights, self-expression, abiding by the rules, public and personal hygiene, and respect for the capacities of others.
The volunteers of the Society organize various awareness programs, including those on the environment. They aim to introduce the Lebanese community to the various environmental components and its effect on our daily life. They seek, in collaboration with interested municipalities and associations, to spread good environmental behavior, especially among the youth, through organizing workshops, seminars, national and local campaigns, warning of the environmental risks in the region and the world, such as climate change and water problems.
The LRC also cares for raising awareness in society, especially among the youth, about AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. It prepares trainees and consultants to transfer awareness and education through same age people, and organizing national campaigns, seminars, workshops, flyers and other direct and indirect means.
Aiming to decrease the number of pedestrian and car accidents victims, especially among the youth, the volunteers organize various campaigns in schools and universities, in particular, and the local community, in general. Through the use of audio and visual devices, the volunteers focus on the dissemination of traffic safety and sense of responsibility, warning of the risk of violating traffic laws.
In addition, the LRC organizes and participates in the national health campaigns aimed at raising awareness on avoiding diseases, epidemics, and viruses, in order to build a good and healthy community.