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A girls' refuge in Lebanon

Renovate the play and relaxation area in the Sehailé refuge in the north of Beirut

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the work of Apprentis d’Auteuil helping young Lebanese girls in dire need. The goal of the project is to renovate the play and relaxation area in the Sehailé refuge in the north of Beirut. Apprentis d’Auteuil has already received the Air Liquide Foundation's support for two projects in Cameroon and in Lebanon, in 2012.

Supporting young people in difficulty

Apprentis d’Auteuil is a French Foundation that works in child protection through counseling, education, training and integration programs in France and abroad.

Following the multiple conflicts in Lebanon and the neighboring countries, many children and young people end up without a school and in situations of insecurity and poverty. To help them, Apprentis d’Auteuil has chosen to work with a Lebanese partner, the Congregation of our lady of charity of the good shepherd (SBP). SBP and Apprentis d’Auteuil manage three centers in the Beirut region: a social center in Roueisset, an educational center in the village of Hammana, and a refuge in the village of Sehailé.

Offering a fulfilling and safe environment for young girls

The Sehailé center is a refuge founded in 1975. It comprises three main buildings and can house 50 young girls aged 6 to 20. These Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian girls all come from underprivileged backgrounds and have family histories marked by violence, poverty, or sexual abuse. The center takes care of all their needs: they are housed in the refuge, they go to school, and their progress is monitored by a psychologist and a social worker.

The Air Liquide Foundation's contribution

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the Apprentis d’Auteuil Foundation by financing the renovation and fitting out of the Sehailé center's outside play area.


  • Project initiator: Apprentis d’Auteuil
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Year of support: 2016
  • Sponsor: Caroline Chaaya, Air Liquide Lebanon