Success Stories

Providing the Students of Maroun Abboud High School with a Healthier Environment

October 03, 2016

“Now we are able to provide our students with a healthy and clean environment that conforms with health conditions and the highest standards in modern buildings”. With these words, Maroun Abboud Public High School’s Principal Mrs. Sanaa Chehayeb described the successful intervention of UNDP Live Lebanon at the school.

The high school accommodates more than 500 students, and employs more than 60 teachers and staff members from Aley and the surrounding villages every year. However, the school suffered from serious infrastructure problems that included leaks in the entire roof of the building as well as broken and unhygienic toilets.

UNDP Live Lebanon initiative rehabilitated the school’s roof by installing new asphalt isolation layers and a suitable drainage system to prevent rain water from leaking into classrooms. In addition, the toilets were completely rehabilitated starting with the installation of a new sewage system, and new sanitary-ware and tiles. The walls were covered with a fresh coat of paint.

This initiative was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of UNDP Live Lebanon Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Saada Al Asaad Fakhry, who highlighted the significance of this project at the inauguration ceremony, “The achievement we did this year may be modest in size, however; it is great in its meaning and noble goals. Health and hygiene of the surrounding environment are basic issues that help the youth grow up to be healthy individual that can interact and persevere in order to succeed and excel”.

Giving the children of Kharayeb access to clean potable water

July 22, 2016

It is Live Lebanon’s mission to make sure that basic human rights are met in the most underprivileged regions of the country. These include the right to have access to clean potable water at all times, no matter how remote the village is.

The children in Kharayeb Public School have been enduring the consequences of drinking polluted water for the past few years. They have suffered from health problems due to unfit water hygiene as the system at their school was obsolete and lacked proper filters to eliminate the bacteria and make mineral water pure.

UNDP Live Lebanon intervened in 2016 by replacing the old filtration system with a new one that was successfully installed in the school, making it possible for these children to drink clean pure water and preserve their good health.

This initiative would not have been possible without the contribution of UNDP Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador, Mr Fadi Salameh. The children of Kharayeb Public School now have access to proper filtered drinkable water.

Procuring A New Generator For Bhamdoun Al Mhata Village

June 24, 2016

Electricity plays a key role in developing a community by allowing the use of essential tools for safety and survival.

In Bhamdoun, Mount Lebanon, around 200 villagers in Al Mhata village suffer from electricity shortage to light up their houses and streets depriving them from a consistent availability of a basic human need and causing risks of car accidents.

In July 2016, UNDP Live Lebanon initiative collaborated with The Municipality of Bhamdoun to install a special generator for Al Mhata village guaranteeing easy access to 24/7 electricity for around 200 villages.

Through the contribution of the UNDP Live Lebanon Goodwill Ambassador Mr Albert Matta, installing the generator was made possible. This made the roads safer to drive and walk on at night attracting more tourists to the village which increased the economic activity and the generator’s income. This convinced Al Mhata villagers to stay and not want to leave their home anymore.

Holding on to the land in Bechwet

June 05, 2016

“If it weren't for the efforts of the Live Lebanon team we wouldn't have been able to do what we love to do”. With these words, the farmers of Bechwet expressed their appreciation to the initiative that supported them in holding on to the land they are attached to.

Bechwet is a village located in the Bekaa region with approximately 1200 inhabitants who rely mainly on agriculture as a source of income. Even though there is heavy dependency on agriculture, Bechwet lacked the proper water irrigation systems.

Water plays a main role in defining the future of the farmers. When water is scarce, the crops are poor, and so is the farmer. 80% of the residents of Bechwet depend on agriculture for a living and with the absence of irrigation canals, farmers are obliged to buy water, a costly endeavor of LBP 50,000 per hour, or alternatively leave Bechwet to work inside or even outside Lebanon.

In June 2014, Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Ghaleb Farha generously funded an irrigation project that doubled the agricultural production for more than 400 farms in the town of Bechwet and the surrounding villages in the northern Bekaa. A 4.3 km irrigation canal was installed, linking the two main lakes of Bechwet to the agricultural lands. With this high quality implementation, the loss of water was cut down to a minimum, and the free source of irrigation water enhanced the economic situation of the farmers enabling them to hold on to their lands in their beloved hometown Bechwet.

Fighting Back Hand in Hand

November 29, 2015

Every cloud has a silver lining, and with the promise of brighter days to come, Live Lebanon continues to inject hope where there seems to be none through the dedicated support and generosity of its Goodwill Ambassadors.

In that spirit, a project was launched in November 2015 to ease the suffering of a group of HIV patients who could not afford the cost of the treatment. Unlike many other chronic diseases, HIV patients suffer on both physical and psychological levels due to the social pressure associated with the disease. That is why it was critical for Live Lebanon to intervene, and through the contribution of Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Bouran Hallani, tests and medication was provided for 80 patients per month, in addition to gynaecological check-ups for a group of 30 women infected with HIV.

This initiative was executed through Vivre Positif, a non-profit organization that supports people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in Lebanon. It aims at empowering, supporting and advocating for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in Lebanon.

The intervention done by Live Lebanon has enabled Vivre Positif to support a larger number of HIV patients, playing its part in trying to ease their suffering.

“The fact that an initiative such as Live Lebanon ignored all the stereotypes and chose to help our patients really moved us”.

Supporting Women’s Cooperative in Kfarsir

September 12, 2015

Lebanon is known for its remarkable cuisine and the demand for traditional food is constantly increasing. The support for local initiatives that aim to preserve Lebanese food heritage serves to provide economic opportunities in rural areas and improve agro-food industry productivity levels.

The women cooperative in Kfarsir is one initiative that aims to maintain the cultural identity of the village. Managed by a group of 16 dedicated women for the past ten years, the cooperative plays an important role in providing traditional dishes and produce to local consumers. With the success of the cooperative and the rise in demand for its products, the cooperative was in need of equipment and assets.

In September 2015, with the generous support of Mr. Elias Saad, UNDP - Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador, the cooperative was able to boost its production line and profitability through the procurement of the needed machines of keshek mill, thyme-grinding, tomato squeezing/mincing and a steel distiller.

With Live Lebanon’s help, the women were able to produce a wider variety of delicious foods and sustain their livelihoods.

“The equipment that Live Lebanon has given us really made our lives easier. Our incomes have increased since our production has grown”

Enabling Women in Qana

September 05, 2015

“Our productivity and our income has grown. We can even cater to big events now such as weddings, all thanks to the equipment you provided”

Over 55 women in Qana transformed their association into a fully operational cooperative with the support of the Live Lebanon.

The Holy Family cooperative in Qana received essential equipment that enabled the women to increase their production and cater to a larger consumer base. This came as an answer to the increasing demand for the products and the lack of resources available at the cooperative.

In September 2015, thanks to a generous contribution from Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Elias Saad, the cooperative; initially an agricultural and homemade products association that lacked any equipment, was able to expand its business and offer traditional Lebanese sweets and pastries for a larger market.

 

 

Clean Water for a Healthy Life

November 20, 2014

Whether for drinking, cleaning, or irrigation, water is the most precious resource on earth. It is the source of life, and yet it is not accessible to many Lebanese in order to sustain a healthy life. Polluted water in the village of Irsay was the key concern of the Municipality where a high number of waterborne illnesses was reported among children, with many cases requiring intensive hospital care. The incidents occurred after children drank water that contained a high level of pollutants in the elementary school.

Children are particularly vulnerable to waterborne diseases. Their small bodies and their immune systems cannot handle strong viruses and bacteria such as E. coli, Giardia and Typhoid.

UNDP initiative Live Lebanon has always strived to find solutions to problems related to children and youth. This is one of the main pillars that Live Lebanon targets in its campaigns. In August 2014, the Irzay Elementary school was equipped with a water filtration system and three clean drinking water taps that provide the equivalent of 750 water cups per hour. The provision of clean water to the 130 students in the school not only helped prevent harmful diseases, but also relieved the parents from the pain of having to secure expensive treatments for their children.

“The filtration system has changed the lives of the students. It also benefitted the scouts and campers during the summer”.

This project would not have been possible without the support of Mr. Viny Roumy from Sawt el Ghad who dedicated his ‘Drive at five” radio show for an entire week in order to raise funds for Live Lebanon.

This and many other projects are the outcome of the generous supporters of the Live Lebanon initiate.

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