Early Childhood Development Programs
Help Break Generational Cycles of Dysfunction
The Philemon Social Society is a Lebanese NGO that offers a comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Adult Mentoring (AM) program in Beirut, Lebanon, specifically reaching underserved populations.
The ECD goal is to grow whole and healthy children and families. GROW's vision is to grow whole and healthy children and families, making a gospel impact by sharing the love of Christ through our program, and enabling them to mature into whole and healthy adults.
We currently have proof of concept in one development center in Bourj Hammoud, an underserved and under-resourced neighborhood in Beirut; the goal is to replicate the second Center project in another underserved and under-resourced southern suburb of Beirut.
GROW Center is female-run and embodies the best ideals of empowerment, equality, respect for the individual, strong work ethic, and dignity for everyone's rights.
Our long-term goals are to replicate slowly and efficiently to maintain organizational and operational excellence and integrity.
Every $1 invested
in ECD produces a
$13 return in society
Investing in Early Childhood Development
We depend on your donations' generosity to provide early childhood development and adult mentoring program for the underserved.
It costs roughly $450 per month per child to provide the best quality Christian-led ECD and adult mentoring.
UNICEF found that every $1 invested in ECD produces a $13 future return in the societies which make this investment. Another important reason for investing in ECD is its efficacy in breaking intergenerational cycles of dysfunction and poverty.
A recent global study found that Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs yielded immediate results in addition to the expected long-term outcomes for children and communities. For example, in the population we serve, 94% of the children benefited from improved nutrition and completed their immunizations, while 93% showed improved emotional and cognitive development.
According to the late clinical psychologist Edwin Friedman, in his book Generation to Generation, Friedman believes family dysfunctions are handed down, generation to generation. Our work introduces healthy patterns into the broad base of families we serve.