About the YMCA Lebanon

Our mission is to develop the body, mind and spirit of young people irrespective of their religion, political affiliation, color or creed.

The objective of the YMCA is to instill in its members a strong moral foundation and to improve their spiritual, mental, and physical development while providing them with the necessary tools to help us to build a stronger, healthier society.

 

Who We Are

The YMCA of Lebanon shares with its sister organizations all over the world the goal of fostering the development of healthy body, mind, and spirit for all human beings.

 

Being an active member of the Lebanese NGO community, the YMCA strives to be a place where people volunteer to share the pain and joy of others.  We are working towards meeting the challenging task of healing the many wounds of the past wars while also building a just and prosperous future for all Lebanese citizens.  We look to serve all Lebanese and those on Lebanese soil regardless of their color, race, religion, sex and/or political affiliations.

 

Recognizing its historical responsibility to the people of Lebanon and the Middle East, the YMCA walks forward hand in hand with other NGOs, both international and local, as well as with government organizations and other institutions to help build a better Lebanon.

 


 

Our Board of Directors

 

Chairman: Mr. Ghassan Sayah

 

Vice-Chairman: Mrs. Sohaila Hayek

 

Secretary: Ms. Rana El-Khoury

 

Treasurer: Mr. Rabih Frem

 

Board Member: Dr. Albert Jokhadar

 

Board Member: Dr. Mounir Doumit

 

Board Member: Mr. Awad Salem

 

Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Issam Bishara

History

The YMCA Lebanon is a non-profit, local organization. We were originally founded in 1890 as a charitable association to serve the needs of children. Since then the YMCA has expanded the reach of its programs in response to the country's changing dynamics, becoming one of Lebanon's leading national civil society organizations.

 

YMCA operates with an even-handed approach, targeting all Lebanese people regardless of political, religious, sectarian or geographic affiliations, and regardless of age or gender. The organization has historically focused on a comprehensive approach to national development that benefits the most disadvantaged and marginalized population in Lebanon by addressing their needs in education, child protection, health and medical support, and economic support.

 

We have worked and continue to work with over 400 local organizations, municipalities, and schools from all areas of Lebanon. The YMCA also runs extensive programs on environmental protection and preservation, agriculture, rural development, capacity building, youth activities, good governance, and vocational training in order to best serve the Lebanese community as a whole.