The Child and Mother Welfare Society
The Child & Mother Welfare Society (CMWS) is a Lebanese charity based in Beirut. Established in 1944 to meet the needs of the poor and needy communities of Lebanon, it focuses on health, social welfare, education and vocational training. CMWS offers accelerated vocational training programmes in the nurse aide and child care professions, which are accredited by the Lebanese Ministry of Labour. Courses consist of intensive theoretical education and practical training, enabling students to develop their nursing or child care skills, and provides them with the necessary experience to find employment upon completion (and sometimes before the end) of the one-year training course. Lebanese nationals as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees are accepted onto CMWS courses, providing participants with comprehensive and usable skills for which there is high demand in Lebanon today.
Between 2013 and 2017, the Asfari Foundation has supported a total of 51 young people from underprivileged backgrounds as well as Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, to receive high quality nurse aide and child care training. Past projects resulted in nearly all trainees finding employment before or shortly after graduation.