One of Lebanon's oldest NGOs, Arcenciel identifies as apolitical and non-confessional and seeks to support all people in difficulty, regardless of age, gender, religion, or nationality. In addition to its relief and development programming, the organisation also treats a large portion of Lebanon's hospital and solid waste and manages a sustainable agricultural and tourism project.

  • Organisation type NGO
  • Year founded 1985
  • Headquartered Beirut
  • Registration Lebanon · United States · France
  • Website

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
    • Museums
    • Folk arts
    • Cultural awareness
    • Arts education
  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Community improvement
        • Housing development
        • Housing rehabilitation
  • Education
    • Early childhood education
    • Education services
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Humanitarian
    • Free goods distribution
    • Special population support
    • Food aid
    • Youth development

Focus populations

  • Artists and performers
  • At-risk youth
  • Cross-border families
  • Farmers
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Internally displaced people
  • Low-income people
  • Migrant workers
  • Orphans
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Self-employed people
  • Single parents
  • Students
  • Unemployed people
  • Victims and oppressed people
  • Widows and widowers
  • Working poor

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • Lebanon


  • Mobility and health
    This delivers social reintegration for people in need, focusing on those living with disabilities. Arcenciel's medical teams offer quality healthcare supporting a range of specialist needs regardless of an individual's ability to pay. The organisation's workshops also repair and distribute mobility equipment for those who need it, with factories staffed mostly by people with disabilities.
  • Sustainable agriculture and environment
    The Domaine de Taanayel is a plot of land 2.3km2 in size pioneering sustainable agriculture in the region by running nearly exclusively on solar energy. It also streamlines fertigation (an irrigation system that injects water soluble fertilizer into crop water) and is the only producer of natural biopesticides in the region. The programme also conducts awareness and training sessions on environmental responsibility, runs secondary waste sorting centres, and treats more than 80% of Lebanon's hospital waste.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts

Primary funders

  • Agence Française de Développement
  • Agnes Varis
  • Association Philippe Jabre
  • British Council
  • Caritas Liban
  • European Union
  • Fondation de France
  • Impact Lebanon
  • The Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO)
  • UNDP


Key staff

  • Nadim Abdo, chief fundraising officer
  • Pierre Issa, co-founder and CEO
  • Robin Richa, general manager

Board members

  • Hisham Beydoun
  • Majdi Ramadan
  • Michèle Daoud, vice president
  • Nada Sara
  • Rami Harawi, president
  • Rhonda Trad

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