Who We Are?

Our Vision

Insan believes in a world in which each human being enjoys their human rights.

Our Mission

Insan acts to promote, defend and ensure fundamental rights to the most vulnerable people in Lebanon and around the world.

Our Association

Established in 1998 by a group of Human Rights activists, Insan Association is a Lebanese non-profit organisation officially registered at the Ministry of Justice under the number 390/cs Beirut and at the Minister of Interior under the number 13907.

Insan Association acts to protect and promote the rights of the most marginalised individuals, families and children living in Lebanon – such as refugees, migrant workers, asylum seekers, non-identities, host-community nationals – without discrimination of any kind, such as ethnicity nationality, gender, social origins, religion and political or other affiliations. Through the years, beneficiaries of different nationalities benefited from our services: Lebanese, Syrian, Kurdish and Turkmen Syrian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Egyptian, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Nigerian, Ghanaian, Cameroonian, Malagasy etc. All of them are living in Lebanon in very difficult conditions notably due to severe poverty, lack of legal status, isolation and racism. Excluded from the system, they fail to access basic rights and services. 

Through a comprehensive scheme consisting of educational, psychosocial and legal services as well as advocacy and awareness-raising projects, Insan aims to empower these communities, to help them take control of their lives and reach their full potential. 

Insan pays close attention to children. The organization believes that children have a right to be free from abuses, exploitation and neglect. The children, who benefit from Insan’s services, face discrimination, insecurity and poverty – their lives can be unstable and chaotic. The organization is therefore committed to creating a secure environment for them. Insan’s child protection policy outlines what will be done to protect all children in Insan’s care.

Our Approach

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Insan believes that the respect of human rights can create lasting changes in people’s lives and make them reach their full potential by diminishing the causes of poverty and injustice. In this way, a primary concern of Insan’s is the lack of political will to address the effective implementation of human right standards for migrants and refugees in Lebanon. Excluded from the system, these populations fail to access basic rights and services.

The different departments at Insan offer a variety of services reaching from education and life skills training to social, psychological and legal support. These departments complement and facilitate each other ensuring that a beneficiary’s needs are being addressed from all sides. In addition, the holistic approach is reflected by the fact that Insan works with the entire family – children and parents – aiming to address and improve the general situation at their home.

Insan centre is located in one of Beirut’s eastern suburbs with immediate proximity to many of the homes of the organisation’s target communities. This allows Insan’s team to build up a special relationship with the target population, to gain a profound understanding of their problems and to react directly to their needs.

Insan’s team of social workers use the outreach model including home visits to assess the situation and define their needs. Beneficiaries do not need to make their way to Insan’s centre to ask for assistance, which might represent a challenge for them.

Insan works on a case-by-case basis and reacts directly to the specific and personal needs of the different individuals. Additionally, Insan is able to adapt services to meet the needs that are identified during the course of the intervention.  

Our Team

Insan’s team consists of a variety of specialists working in education and protection. Teachers, social workers, psychologists and child protection officers work together in offering the best possible services to individuals, families and children deprived of their most basic rights. In addition, research and campaigning activities are being conducted by Insan’s research, advocacy and communication officers.