Quarantine Hospital, Northern Beirut. In this former slum marked by war, one in three infants dies every week. Every year, Lebanon has seventy thousand births, of which three thousand five hundred do not live over a year. Medical care for a premature baby is expensive. The arrival of nearly two million Syrian and Iraqi refugees only increases these figures.

I take care of little babies who are either premature or who have big health problems. These are often difficult cases, no one wants.

In the face of the tragedy of the situation, a Lebanese association decided to act. Birth and Beyond, a Mother and Child Support Association (ASSAMEH) was founded and is takes care of the hospital's pediatric service. There, behind the walls of this hospital, still riddled with bullets, nurses take care night and day of these infants who need special care due to their high dependency medical situation.


Convinced of the importance of this cause, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient wished to join ASSAMEH in its fight for life. Three volunteer nurses we integrated into the neo natal service between September and December 2016, and this mission provides concrete assistance on the ground. In addition to taking care of babies, newly educated young volunteers share their knowledge and know-how with Lebanese nurses. Working almost 12 hours a day, their dedication is total.



Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.