Responding to Beirut explosion crisis

On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 18:07 Beirut time, a massive explosion shattered the city, leaving at least 220 deaths, 8000 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property loss, and has left an approximated 300,000 people completely homeless.

Care By CLES, an initiative by CLES to help the families affected by the economical situation in Lebanon, set up a crisis emergency unit to help quickly the affected families. The crisis emergency unit created a database and developed a needs assessment protocol to help as many people as possible.

CLES launches Care by CLES initiative to support families affected by the economic situation

More than 120 people, team and board members of the Lebanese Center for Special Education (CLES), as well as specialists in education and learning disabilities who came from Belgium, in addition to members of NDI (National Dance Institute of New York) celebrated on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, between Kefraya and Ammiq (Beqaa), the 20 years of hope, generosity and success, thanks to hard and diligent efforts, just like seeds that were carefully sown.

Celebrating CLES’ 20 Years

More than 120 people, team and board members of the Lebanese Center for Special Education (CLES), as well as specialists in education and learning disabilities who came from Belgium, in addition to members of NDI (National Dance Institute of New York) celebrated on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, between Kefraya and Ammiq (Beqaa), the 20 years of hope, generosity and success, thanks to hard and diligent efforts, just like seeds that were carefully sown.

Launching “Understanding Your Child” platform in collaboration with Lebanese Alternative Learning (LAL)

CLES launched a questions and answers digital platform in collaboration with “Lebanese Alternative Learning” (LAL). Through multiple-choice and True/False questions, this interactive platform allows parents of children with specific learning disabilities to ask questions and get answers. It aims at assessing parents’ level of comprehension of their child’s case, helping them understand it better, and explaining its details, the ways to diagnose it, live with it and ask for help…

Planting with AUB Seeds of Hope Initiative

It is from this perspective that the admin of CLES, presided by its founder, Mrs. Carmen Chahine Debbane, wanted the celebration to be inspired by the hard work that started as a seed, and grew with love to encompass the whole country. Hence, they chose the noblest and oldest job in the world to represent it: agriculture and plantation in Kefraya (Bekaa).

CLES team

Annual Meeting 2019 in Chouf

Every year brings exciting new heights and challenges! In preparation for the days ahead, CLES president Mrs. Carmen Chahine Debbane and Mr. Raymond Debbane hosted an annual meeting at Deir Al Oumara in Chouf, which included workshops, discussion groups, and various presentations all aimed at improving CLES strategy and performance.

Fourth Annual 10.10.DYS Conference

C.L.E.S organized its fourth annual 10.10.DYS conference titled: “Let’s talk about DYS” on October 10th, 2018 at the Pierre Abou Khater Theater at Saint Joseph University, under the patronage and presence of Minister of Education and Higher Education Marwan Hamadeh, and with the participation of actress Natalie Bay. The keynote speaker was Oliver Houdé Professor of psychology at the University of Paris-Descartes,