Commitment, belief and goodwill was enough for three friends to steer one of theirs clear off the worst.
Rehabilitation back in 1989 was not a common exercise; thus, in their effort to breathe life again in their addicted friend, they sought a simple solution: a tent, away from temptations, far from life’s challenges and stress; support starting building up little by little, with Bishop Guy Paul Njeim providing all required food supplies and aid.
Being a man of God, Bishop Njeim was a natural refuge for other dark souls seeking the light; the humble tent soon became the home of 9 young men who were joined by one simple goal: overcome their weaknesses for a brighter future. This humble individual initiative was but the cornerstone that led to the official foundation of Oum el Nour in 1990, driven by Bishop Njeim and supported by Mr. Gabriel Debbane and Mr. William Meskawi, as a Lebanese nonprofit,
non-governmental social organization registered under decree n° 120/ad.
Ever since, Oum el Nour has developed its various programs, covering prevention, rehabilitation and integration, to become home for thousands of those willing to overcome their addiction and seeking proper guidance and support.