History  

 

Three years into the ongoing civil war in Lebanon, in 1978 the invasion of the south by the Israeli army triggered massive displacements, with populations fleeing violence and bloodshed. In the wake of this crisis, the non governmental organization (NGO) Amel Association was founded in 1979 by Dr. Kamel Mohanna together with a team of professors, doctors and journalists. Amel Association immediate stated objective was to provide support  to the most in need and most vulnerable  populations in Lebanon.

Amel Association is a non-profit and non-denominational organization which, through its diverse programs, has always sought to provide the most adapted responses to people’s needs. In 2010 Amel Association gained international status and became Amel Association International.

Amel Association International's core activities in Lebanon revolves around health centers, psychosocial support, vocational training and income-generating activities.

Commitment and Know-how :

Amel Association International has demonstrated its commitment and know-how through its work with  a substantial network of partners. The organization has partnered with varied other actors, ranging from international NGOs, UN agencies, and local community-based organizations.

Moreover, since 1994 Amel Association International has been recognized by presidential decree as a public-interest organization and was granted consultative status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2001.

Going forward :

Building on its experience and its firm belief in investing in building the capacity of civil society, Amel Association International is intent on sharing this vision by establishing a sister-agency in France. Mr Kamel Mohanna, president and founder of Amel Association International is indeed seeking to expand the geographic areas of intervention of Amel Association International.

Amel France : « non-denomination and non-governmental association » are the words that best describe Amel France's identity.