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 Non governmental organisation (NGO)
  • Year founded 1985
  • Headquartered Beirut
  • Registration Lebanon · United States · France
  • Website

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
    • Early childhood education
    • Education services
  • Health
  • Human services
    • Youth development
    • Special population support
    • Free goods distribution
    • Food aid
  • Community and economic development
    • Economic development
      • Community improvement
        • Housing development
        • Housing rehabilitation
  • Agriculture, fishing and forestry
  • Arts and culture
    • Arts education
    • Folk arts
    • Cultural awareness
    • Museums
  • Environment
View more View less

Focus populations

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

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • Lebanon
View more View less


  • 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.
  • 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.


Primary funders

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

Types of funding and awards

  • Cash grants
  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • In-kind gifts
View more View less
Data has been collected directly from featured organisations, their websites, or from publicly available sources. To be considered for inclusion in the database, or to update or modify information about a featured profile, please get in touch at