Since 1999, the Lebanese Autism Society (LAS) has pursued its mission to provide the best services and infrastructure aimed at improving lives for individuals with Autism and their families. The year 2019-2020 was to be the NGO’s 20th year. 

However, what was meant to be a year of celebration was overshadowed by the Beirut Blast on August 4, 2020 and the subsequent destruction of their main operation premises in Gemmayzeh.   

The centre is vital to the wellbeing of the autistic children that it supports as well as their families.  Children with Autism find change extremely difficult, especially when the structure is already tailored to their needs, with specific materials and programs used to tackle their difficulties.

One of Steps of Hope’s latest initiatives has been to help rebuild and renovate the Lebanese Autism Society, so they can continue to pursue their mission towards helping people with Autism.  

Steps of Hope President, Charlie Ibrahim surveyed the damage and said, “All the people who know their cases know that the Autism centre is their bubble, their own world and this world was destroyed and we need to see how we can build it back.” 

Our team have been painting the walls, restoring its windows and doors, repairing the floors and completing all the required works to restore the centre back to how the children remember it before the blast, so they can get back to their daily routines, and enabling the LAS to continue in its mission to enhance their wellbeing. 

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