How it Began
“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."