Mentor Arabia, with the cooperation of the EUDAP, has held a two-day Training of Trainers workshop on the Unplugged program on January 30th and 31st in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Beirut. The training, which was led by the certified EUDAP trainer Mr. Peer Van der Kreeft, aimed at certifying a new pool of trainers on Unplugged program in the Arab region.
Based on the urgent need to confront the phenomenon of drug addiction and drugabuse in Lebanon, and out of concern for the development of national capacities to meet these challenges, Mentor Arabia and the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon, with the collaboration of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), implemented an effective training program aiming at developing the capacity of workers in social development centers affiliated with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Mentor Arabia, in partnership with the Charitable Association for Reform and Rehabilitation in Tripoli, supported the implementation of a series of cultural and sports activities during the week of 26 June. The week-long festivities were sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Social Affairs; and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mentor Arabia, in partnership with the DELTA NGO, implemented a pilot project in Syrian refugees’ schools in the Mount Lebanon Area, which aimed at increasing the awareness of young refugees about the dangers of drugs and importance of healthy lifestyle.
Mentor Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon, which focuses on the empowerment of social workers at the Ministry by developing their knowledge and skills to be able to raise awareness and lead various initiatives on drug prevention and healthy life skills in the different Regions of Lebanon.
Mentor Arabia and in partnership with Center for Arab Research and Development (CARD) headed by Dr. Imad Salameh, developed an indicative study on the effects of drug awareness and prevention media campaigns on youth.
On 22 June, the Civil Council Against Addiction in Saida, in partnership with Mentor Arabia, and under the sponsorship of the Municipality of Saida, organized a swimming race; under the title “Lets’ Swim to the Shores of Safety, Addiction Free”; which aimed at spreading awareness among youth about the dangers of drugs; and encouraging them to pursue a healthy lifestyle, such as swimming.
Mentor Arabia, under the patronage of the Minister of Media and Youth Affairs and in partnership with the National Anti-Drugs Media Project in Kuwait (Ghiras), organized a regional conference on "the role of media and social media in drug prevention"; which was held in Kuwait city on the 18th and 19th of March 2015.