Success Stories

Connect existing well to household tanks

June 06, 2014

Access to clean water is a right Ain Nahri residents were deprived from. This problem was affecting the wellbeing of the residents as well as their health.
 
The absence of a pipe system connecting the hundreds of Ali Nahri residents to the nearby well exposed them to sanitary and hygiene problems. Households do not receive adequate water supplies and are constrained to purchase, despite living less than a kilometer away from the village well. This is a considerable financial burden on residents who should benefit from the local well for their water consumption.
 
Live Lebanon installed a piped network connecting the well reservoir to residential homes as the  solution to the current water problem. Piping materials were installed leading from the well towards the houses and clean water became accessible to over 500 residents.
 
Residents now have a better access to water that is readily available.

empowermening the women in rural areas through computer training courses

March 20, 2014

empowermening the women in rural areas through computer training courses

In many areas in Lebanon, even today, persistent stereotypes and social barriers prevent women from having equal opportunities, representation, and compensation in the workplace. 
The key to women empowerment in these rural areas is education, but unfortunately, due to the difficult socioeconomic situation, education is often inaccessible to a large number of women in these societies. This is what led Senteurs D’Orient to generously fund the Live Lebanon project that provides the possibility of learning to a group of women in El Marj in West Bekaa, and Bourj Rahhal in the South of Lebanon.

Through the UNDP initiative, Live Lebanon, and within the framework of “Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas”, Senteurs D’Orient funded a one-month computer training course.  The project was jointly implemented by Live Lebanon and the Lebanon Family Planning Association (LFPA) between June and September 2013 and it consisted of training 27 women in the use of the computer including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Women empowerment is a long journey, but with the support of people and corporations such as Senteur D’Orient who believe in this mission, in not time, the change will be felt, and women will be able to achieve their full potential.

By end of the session, all participants were able to create and print out their own CVs using the computer, for use when applying for jobs. Additionally, they were handed certificates of computer literacy.

 

Enhancing Waste Management in Deir El Ahmar region

February 05, 2014

Enhancing Waste Management in Deir El Ahmar region

Villages with weak sanitation infrastructures and poor waste management are not appealing to local residents, investors, or tourists. Such areas also tend to have poor living standards.

Living in a clean and healthy environment is a basic human right, that is why a critical intervention was necessary in the villages of Deir Al Ahmar, Btedhi, and Beshwat, where residents faced waste-related problems on a daily basis due to the lack of waste collection vehicles.

The inability to collect garbage had several repercussions that started with contaminating the soil and infecting humans and animals who consumed plants grown in that soil, to the foul toxic odors that invaded the villages.

Live Lebanon’s initiative, thanks to the generous contribution of Goodwill Ambassador Fadi Salameh, intervened in April of 2013, and provided a waste collection vehicle that ensured the cleanliness and sanitation of the villages.

“18,000 residents enjoy a healthier living environment thanks to your contribution. It is a project that our villages needed urgently”.

Children Can Play in Mansouri

February 05, 2014

Children Can Play in Mansouri

Physical education should be a part of every school system given the mental and physical benefits associated with sports activities, but unfortunately, with the lack of funds allocated to public schools in Lebanon, most of the institutions do not have well-constructed sports fields and school sports remain an unaffordable luxury. This is the case at the Mansouri Public School in South Lebanon. Students do not get to participate in proper physical education because they lack equipment, material and space.

In April 2013, UNDP Live Lebanon constructed a multifunctional sports field with the generous contribution of Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Mohammad Khashab and the Mansouri municipality.

The field not only benefits the 300 students at the school, but also all the children and young people of the Mansouri village, all year around.

Empowering Women in Mheidthe

February 04, 2014

Empowering Women in Mheidthe

Sustaining their families and gaining financial independence is the ultimate goal of the “Nejmet El-Soboh Women Cooperative”, a female-owned and operated cooperative that processes and packages traditional food products (jams, syrups, dried fruits... etc.) in Mhaidse, Bekaa.

In January 2013, to empower the 22 female members of the “Nejmet El-Soboh Women Cooperative”, the Live Lebanon provided the cooperative with new processing machines and a van to aid in increasing the production, meeting the high demand, and accessing new Lebanese markets.

In addition, through the help of the network of Fair Trade Liban, the cooperative became able to sell its products in foreign countries reaching a wider range of consumers and making higher profit margins.

Through the contribution of UNDP Live Lebanon Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Bouran Hallani the women at “Nejmet El-Sobh Cooperative” are now able to make their business more efficient, profitable, and sustainable, bringing them closer to their ultimate goal.

“The machines we received helped us with the speed of production and increased our income. We now have more clients thanks to the donation and the car provided.”

bzebdin public school rehabilitation

January 26, 2014

“The ceilings were compromised and could fall at any moment. The students had to walk under the rain and get soaked before they get into class. This has all been taken care of now”

Public schools’ core mission is to provide the underprivileged with an equal opportunity at education, but often the poor conditions of the buildings and the inability to perform proper maintenance cost the children health problems and psychological stress.

Students at the Bzebdin public school have always had to endure the effect of the poor condition of their 100-year-old building. The walls were eroding and the wooden roof was at risk of collapsing, and during the winter, rain would seep through the cracks into the classrooms. During the winter, the 150 students had to walk under the rain from the playground to their classrooms since the stairs were outdoors and fully exposed.

The life threatening condition of the building and the health issues that the children suffered from were reasons enough for the Live Lebanon team to jump into action as fast as possible. In January 2014, and with the generosity of Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Elias Saab, the initiative was able to completely change the roof, strengthen the integrity of the walls, and build a solid tent to shelter the children from the rain while going in and out of their classrooms.

The change was real and so were the smiles of the students and teachers alike who endured years of unhealthy conditions for the sake of education. Being a key component of the Live Lebanon initiative, protecting and nurturing the youth of Lebanon will always be given high priority.

Quenching the Thirst of Aramta

January 10, 2014

Quenching the Thirst of Aramta

In Lebanon, natural clean spring water was commonly found and accessible to everyone in so many villages. This blessing has been lost in Aramta following the pollution of Al-Saha spring which was traditionally the main source of potable water in the village.

In July 2012, Live Lebanon’s intervention was essential in order to save the underprivileged inhabitants of Aramta and make potable water accessible to them once again by installing a fully-functional filtration system for the entire village.

“We are so grateful for the clean drinking water. It has been polluted for so long, but thanks to Live Lebanon, now we have drinking water again in our homes”

Over 5,000 farmers and their families who had to endure the unbearable financial burden of buying bottled water were desperate for a new source of free clean water. Through the implementation of this project, Live Lebanon has helped the village avoid health and environmental problems that were also a direct consequence of the pollution of natural water sources. This project would not have been possible without the generous contribution of Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Mohamad Khashab whose contribution made the lives of the farmers easier through the transparent platform of Live Lebanon.

Green, fun and sports for the youth

January 10, 2014

Green, fun and sports for the youth

Since green public spaces began gradually decreasing in Lebanon, children and adults alike had less opportunities to enjoy a healthy time outdoors. With this, Live Lebanon set a goal to provide youth with safe spaces, where they can play and enjoy spending time outdoors. As a result, and in this particular case, the Baakline public park has been restored.

Fences were installed, the basketball field was renovated, and outdoor games, swing sets, climbers, and slides were installed. Currently, the park is not only a safe space for children to play but also serves as a comfortable outdoor public area for all citizens. 

Due to this initiative, children and young people in Baakline are now able to be more physically active and build new experiences in their home town. In addition, they are now able to spend more time in nature interacting with one another and leading a healthy balanced life.

The presence of this park has also played a role in building self-esteem for children and enhancing social integration. Children will be able to meet new friends, develop social skills, and engage in group activities.

The project was implemented in April 2013 and was co-funded by the municipality of Baakline and Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Bouran Hallani through her organization Les Amis du Liban à Monaco.

“It is so nice and relaxing to spend time in the garden. My friends and I always meet up here now to enjoy our time”

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