Civil society projects
Started on: Saturday, January 1, 2011, End date: Tuesday, January 1, 2030
Project description

Dr. George Hanna organized a project with the Lebanese Dental Association to provide free basic dental needs in the Lebanese areas. The mobile dental clinics will travel throughout Lebanon to provide dental awareness and care.

Due to the urgent need of dental care in Lebanon, this project is not made possible without your generous contributions to make this project happen.

Project hosted by: UTOPIA Organization
Started on: Saturday, November 1, 2014, End date: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Project description

"Flying Gardens" project entitles gardening rooftops of buildings in the most underprivileged areas of Tripoli, Tabbaneh. The rooftops will be planted with edible plants and vegetables in order to make residents of the building self-sufficient. It will also include a safe playing space for children of the building instead of having them spend times on the streets and in unsafe surroundings. Environment-friendly and recycled materials will used to rehabilitate the rooftop. The rehabilitated rooftop will also allow us to hold regular cultural, youth dialogue and social inclusion programs as well as self-motivation workshops.

We already started with a pilot whereby we rehabilitated a building rooftop in Tabbaneh. The residents’ feedback was overwhelmingly welcoming, but unfortunately we could not continue for financial reasons. After doing the necessary needs assessment and financial feasibility, we concluded that we are in need of $30,000 to fully equip 6 rooftops in the neighborhood with children games, books, a reading/cultural space made from recycled and reused material, painting and drawing, planting edible fruits and vegetables that building residents can make use of, and most importantly to implement safety measures such as high fences and roofing.

Why this project: Tabbaneh is one of the most deprived communities in Lebanon as a whole. Studies conducted by the ESCWA over the past couple of years, revealed that some 87 percent of households in the Tabbaneh area are considered deprived, and out of these, about 52 percent live in extreme deprivation. Poverty and neglect have long marked Tabbaneh and are major contributing factors to the ongoing cycle of violence there. Tabbaneh is characterized by a high concentration of children and youth, but it is also well-known for high school dropout and high youth unemployment rates, standing at roughly 50% and 40% respectively. With such difficulties, come different forms of social misbehaviors these children and youth engage in to “kill time” such as drugs and alcohol abuse and alarming acts of violence. Therefore, childhood is almost a non-existent phase for majority of residents there. Instead of having a healthy childhood, children and youth often find themselves spending their time on the streets and being exposed to deadly dangers.

Need behind it: Having been actively involved in youth-led initiatives benefitting Tripoli, and particularly Tabbaneh, we chose to take a step toward ameliorating those deadly consequences by creating more and more green and safe playing spaces on rooftops of Tabbaneh buildings.

How will it benefit the community: The project will provide a safe playing green space for children, a cultural space for youth where regular youth dialogue and social inclusion programs as well as self-motivation workshops will be held, and it will also make building residents self-sufficient by planting edible plants and vegetables. Rooftops will ultimately be turned into green, safe, and cultural open spaces for children, youth and also adults of the buildings. Building committees will be created to ensure sustainability and proper maintenance of the newly rehabilitated green space.

The crowd-funding campaign continues ZOOMAAL until the beginning of June and aims to fully mobilize an amount of $30,000 by the aforementioned date. To that end, the youth volunteers are disseminating awareness on the goals of their campaign through social media networks and also through providing motivational in-kind prizes for individual donors, and diversified sponsorship packages for corporate/organizational donors.

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Project overall objectives

Flying Gardens project aims at transforming Bab Al Tabbaneh's rooftops, that had witnessed fierce rounds of clashes over the past 3 years, into green social spaces benefiting children, youth, and residents of buildings in general.

Project hosted by: Najdeh Association
Started on: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, End date: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Project description

Total duration of action

36 months, starting 1st January 2013

Objectives of the action

Overall objective: Increased gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Palestinian refugee community of Lebanon.

Specific Objectives:

1. To increase women’s empowerment through providing women with access to skills training, employment and participation in decision making structures.

2. To combat negative gender stereotyping through advocacy work at national and local level and through awareness-raising on women’s rights and issues concerning domestic violence.

3. To build capacity, promote learning and information sharing within AN, CAFOD and through the gender networks AISHA and PWF


Association Najdeh

Target groups

1) Disadvantaged Palestinian refugees with no or very limited income in Ein El Hilweh, Beddawi and Nahr el Bared camps, including female headed households, young women and girls in large families and families that have a member who has a disability or chronic disease. 2) Association Najdeh 3) Member organisations of AISHA network.

Final beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries include the 6,200 Palestinian refugees (70% women) and their household members, totalling 27,900; 30 staff of AN; AISHA network staff. Indirect beneficiaries include communities in other camps and gatherings in Lebanon, AISHA network beneficiaries across Middle East, and beneficiaries of other CAFOD gender programmes.

Estimated results

1) Palestinians refugee families are better able to meet their economic and social needs through increased access to jobs for women. 2) Innovative ways of addressing gender inequality and negative gender stereotyping are piloted resulting in an increase in the number of women participating and making decisions in local committees. 3) There is reduced incidence of domestic violence through widespread awareness-raising and strengthened support mechanisms for those suffering from gender based violence. 4)Improved knowledge of CEDAW and the Istanbul Framework of Action and its implications amongst both the Lebanese and Palestinian community, and cooperation with key decision makers leads to the lifting of the Lebanese Government’s reservations on CEDAW articles 9, 16, and 29. 5) Learning is shared and replicated within gender networks and in CAFOD programmes to promote women’s empowerment. 6) Association Najdeh is skilled in identifying the impact of its interventions and has demonstrated improved upward and downward accountability.

Main activities

  1. 1.     Set up of Programme (Office set up, Project Planning Workshop, Selection of beneficiaries, baseline survey)
  2. 2.     Access to Employment (Vocational training courses, awareness raising, job placement and right to work campaign, M&E)
  3. 3.     Leadership and decision making (leadership training, formation of women’s committees, M&E)
  4. 4.     Violence against Women (Service provision, support groups, awareness raising, domestic violence survey, and M&E
  5. 5.     CEDAW and Istanbul Framework (Follow up, awareness raising, lobbying Government and M&E)
  6. 6.     Learning (development of resources, learning events and M&E)
  7. 7.     Strengthening AN Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity to Enhance Accountability
Project overall objectives

Increased gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Palestinian refugee community of Lebanon.

Project activities

1. Set up of Programme (Office set up, Project Planning Workshop, Selection of beneficiaries, baseline survey)
2. Access to Employment (Vocational training courses, awareness raising, job placement and right to work campaign, M&E)
3. Leadership and decision making (leadership training, formation of women’s committees, M&E)
4. Violence against Women (Service provision, support groups, awareness raising, domestic violence survey, and M&E
5. CEDAW and Istanbul Framework (Follow up, awareness raising, lobbying Government and M&E)
6. Learning (development of resources, learning events and M&E)
7. Strengthening AN Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity to Enhance Accountability

Started on: Thursday, January 1, 2015, End date: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Project description

" TOGETHER" is a project which aims the improvement of conditions of orphans and widows in NORTH LEBANON on several levels.

we are going to maintain many activities, fundraising campaigns and vocational training.

Project overall objectives

* Overall Objective:
To contribute to the improvement of the situation of orphans and widows.

* Specific objectives:
- To ensure food each month for 20 orphans and widows in North Lebanon.
- To distribute clothes for orphans and widows who are very vulnerable.
- To build capacity of widows to be able to find a job and become self-sufficient.

Project activities

- Campaigns to collect clothes.
- Fundraising in order to buy food every month ( Visit schools...).
- Vocational Training.

Started on: Thursday, January 1, 2015, End date: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Project description

ILDES has acquired funding from the Australian Embassy in Lebanon through their Direct Aid Program in order to upgrade the equipment of the Health Care Center IHCC.

IHCC is housed in the parish of St. George's Church in the district in Hadath Khreibeh in the caza of Baabda (southern suburbs of Beirut). It serves the following localities:
1 - Hadath which is a residential community located 8km from the capital Beirut. It has 27,203 residents and is located in the Caza of Baabda, in the governorate of Mount Lebanon. Hadath counts a private hospital run by the Congregation of "St. Teresa" and has a total capacity of 180 beds.
2 - The villages of Mrayjé, Tahouitat el Ghadir Laylakeh counted 148 676 residents in 2004. There is no hospital in this district
3 - Hazmieh which is located in the Caza of Baabda includes 3 private hospitals which have a total capacity of 335 beds.
4 - Kfar Chima does not have any hospital.
According to a study done by ILDES in April 1987 concerning Mrayjeh's populations that were displaced during the Lebanese Wars (1979-1989), it appeared that 20% lived in very poor conditions. After their flight from their homes they were housed in schools, religious places; buildings were requisitioned as well as small and unsanitary housing. The bad sanitary situation encouraged the emergence of diseases especially among people over 40 years, of which nervous disorders, hypertension, diabetes and heart problems. Moreover the insecurity prevented the exercise of preventive medicine especially for children. In 1987, because of inflation and declining purchasing power, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Hadath, Mrayjeh and the surrounding area could not pay for the basic health needs. ILDES felt the urgency to alleviate these problems by creating a health center in the town of Hadath to meet the needs of IDPs. The services offered are curative and preventive services and are accompanied by training, education and financial aid.
ILDES Health Care Center (IHCC) is under contract with the Ministry of Social Affairs since 1994 and is preparing to partner with the Ministry of Health. Also ILDES has been selected by YMCA and signed an agreement with them in 1991 to cater for the chronically ill by providing the medication and drugs. 

Problems to be addressed: 

IHCC lacks the equipment for ophthalmology and the doctor brings his own equipment to the center which is a burden and risk for him. He is solicited by 6 patients per session. He is able to perform only a cursory exam to detect physical pathologies.

  1. He is unable to provide the adequate service for lack of suitable equipment to be able to examine the retina, the optical nerve and the macula.
  2. He also is unable to examine the vision and to do the refraction test to determine the need for corrective lenses. In that case he asks the patient to go to his clinic where he will perform the auscultation and give his diagnostic. The patient has to pay for the transportation to the clinic and is then billed for the consultation.

In gynecology and obstetrics, IHCC lacks the right equipment to be used to examine the health of the expecting mother and fetus which leads the expecting mother to either seek private clinics (which incurs high expenditures for the expecting family) or forego any consultation and put hers and the unborn child’s health in jeopardy.

  1. The gynecologist at IHCC cannot perform colposcopy which is a medical diagnostic procedure to detect cancerous and precancerous cells in the cervix. Many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics which can be detected through the examination with a colposcope which provides an enlarged view of the areas, allowing the colposcopist to visually distinguish normal from abnormal appearing tissue and take directed biopsies for further pathological examination.
  2. The gynecologist is also unable to look at the health of an unborn baby and detect problems to be addressed or:
    1. Check the health of a fetus. Blood flow in the umbilical cord, through the placenta, or in the heart and brain of the fetus. This test can show if the fetus is getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Doppler ultrasound may be used to guide decisions during pregnancy when:

   i.      The fetus is smaller than normal for his or her gestational age (fetal growth restriction). Blood flow through the large blood vessel in the umbilical cord (the umbilical artery) can be looked at.

  ii.      Rh sensitization has occurred. Blood flow through a blood vessel in the brain (the middle cerebral artery, or MCA) can be used to monitor fetal health.

  iii.      The mother has other problems, such as sickle cell disease which is very common in disease in Lebanon.

In cardiology, the cardiologist is unable to study

  1. The state of the arteries to detect the risks of clots and deep vein thrombosis in adults especially in the neck, arms, and legs.
    1. Detect atherosclerosis of the lower extremities.
    2. Evaluate blood flow after a stroke or other condition that might be caused by a problem with blood flow.
    3. Evaluate varicose veins or other vein problems.
    4. Monitor the flow of blood following blood vessel surgery.
    5. Find out the presence, amount, and location of arterial plaque. Plaque in the carotid arteries can reduce blood flow to the brain and may increase the risk of stroke.

In order to provide the best services to patients on the premises of IHCC and allow the patients to consult adequately and get the best adapted services ILDES conducted one on one interviews with the doctors who provide care in the center about the most urgent needs of IHCC to better provide for the medical requirements of the beneficiaries. They said unanimously that the needs are for affordable diagnostic equipment for the eyes, respiratory track and for the health of mother and child.

Proposed solution:

  1. To purchase and equip IHCC with diagnostic machines to perform exams of the eyem, the retina, the macula, the optic nerve as well as the refraction of the eye.
  2. In gynecology, the need of IHCC is for a Fetal Monitor for the health and safety of mother and child that could be operated by the physicians themselves and on the premises in order to give a quick diagnosis to the patients and save the life of mothers and unborn babies. On the other hand and for an early detection of cervical cancer, IHCC should own a colposcope that will allow them to examine the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva. The main goal of colposcopy is to prevent cervical cancer by detecting precancerous lesions early and treating them.
  3. In cardiology a Doppler ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to see how blood flows through a blood vessel. It helps doctors evaluate blood flow through major arteries and veins, such as those of the arms, legs, and neck. It can show blocked or reduced flow of blood through narrow areas in the major arteries of the neck that could cause a stroke. It also can reveal blood clots in leg veins (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) that could break loose and block blood flow to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). During pregnancy, Doppler ultrasound may be used to look at blood flow in an unborn baby (fetus) to check the health of the fetus.


Project overall objectives

The funding proposal aims at contributing to the decrease of the health bill of families and to respond to the Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5) concerning maternal and child health, by upgrading qualitatively the health services provided to the beneficiaries of the IHCC.

Started on: Monday, January 2, 2006, End date: Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Project description

To let the community feel the importance of heritage and natural resources, by exposing it to samples and providing it with relevant information.

Project overall objectives

1- To strengthen and preserve the community

Project activities

1- To continue collecting prototypes from old ages.

2- To continue collecting fossils

3- To make prototype of animals and plants.

4- To make prototype of the region

Started on: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, End date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Project description

   As a pioneer and an advocate of change, the Middle East Partnership Initiative Lebanon Alumni Association is pleased to announce to you the launching of its current project Alumni In Municipalities - AIM.
AIM is initiated with the goal to increase the impact of civil society's work and to promote change at the core by addressing alumni and university youth to build their capacities in municipal work and soft skills to enhance and promote cooperation between local NGOs.
AIM targets to build the candidates' capacities with training sessions as a first step and to proceed with an enhancing collaboration process between all local NGOs by providing training and a collective community service activity. 



Upon recruitment of the 20 alumni and university students, the project will be divided into 4 phases during 8 months:

  1. Training of the participants in 8 training session divided into the following  topics:
  • Municipal Law & Community Development Projects
  • Campaign Management
  • Media & Journalism
  • Public Speaking & Negotiating Skills
  1. A 3 Day Training of Trainers for 8 selected youth participants with several key topics covered to understand the Training Process.
  2. 5 selected NGOs will undergo an intensive training to enhance their skills in the following topics: Municipal Law & Community Development Projects;  Campaign Management;  Media & Journalism; Public Speaking & Negotiating Skills; Action Plan Setting for Community Day Event
  3. 50 NGO members (5 from the selected NGOs) will work collectively to organize a large community service activity planned during the training session. 
Project overall objectives

To address lack of youth's knowledge and hands-on experience, 20 MEPI LAA alumni and university youth build their capacities in municipality work and soft skills and enhance collaboration between local NGOs.

Project activities

*Training of the participants in 8 training session divided into the following topics:Municipal Law & Community Development Projects; Campaign Management; Media & Journalism; Public Speaking & Negotiating Skills
*A 3 Day Training of Trainers for 8 selected youth participants with several key topics covered to understand the Training Process.
*5 selected NGOs will undergo an intensive training to enhance their skills in the following topics: Municipal Law & Community Development Projects; Campaign Management; Media & Journalism; Public Speaking & Negotiating Skills; Action Plan Setting for Community Day Event
*50 NGO members (5 from the selected NGOs) will work collectively to organize a large community service activity planned during the training session.

Started on: Wednesday, January 1, 1997, End date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Project description

Initiating the pre-school education project was challenge in introducing a pedagogical advanced experience within a social and human environment lacking the required appropriate conditions.
There are seven kindergartens operating in our centers, providing pre-school education for about 600kids (ages 3-6 years) by trained teachers who undergo regular in service training
Active learning is the method applied in all KGs. Through providing the free environment for the child to play, discover and question, we are actually expanding his role in the learning process and enhancing his love for freedom and independence.

Project overall objectives
Project activities

Drawing, handicraft, music, story telling, films, picnics, sports and drama are among the illustrative tools used to acquire in-depth knowledge for the kids.

Started on: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, End date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Project description

ONE DROP FOR PEACE (ODP) is a project funded by the European Union and implemented by ILDES and AIDA.

ODP aims to mitigate the environmental, economic, and social impact of the Syrian refugees’ presence on livelihoods in Qaa, caza of Baalback-Hermel, Northern Bekaa, Lebanon.

the 3 Problems to be addressed by ODP are:

Disrepair of the irrigation facilities: Due to the insufficiency of specific investment in infrastructure the irrigation facilities are now ageing and falling into serious disrepair. Qaa gets its irrigation water from the source in Laboueh that also irrigates the villages of Nabi Otham, Al Ain, Fekha and Ras Baalback. The share of Qaa in the source is 52%. The water debit at the source is 500 litres per second and falls to 250 litres per second on average when it reaches the Qaa. A preliminary field survey produced the following observations: for 6kms from Ras Baalback and into Qaa, the water flows in a primary open earth channel that overflows on the road and that allows for pilfering, non-beneficial use and loss. Then 11kms of secondary channels irrigating the agricultural lands of Qaa are open dirt trenches that are in a total state of neglect. The state of disrepair results, year after year, in the squandering of an increasing volume of water otherwise vital for economic activities.

Resource scarcity and diminishing income: in Lebanon, and especially in arid areas of the northern Bekaa valley, climate change, alternate droughts and flash floods as well as water mismanagement aggravate water shortages and intensify the degradation of water resources. In turn, the scarcity of water leads to decreased agricultural production, threatens food security, causes general economic decline, provokes population displacements, disrupts institutions and creates tense social relations. It increases demands on key institutions while these institutions’ capacity to meet those demands are reduced, which in turn might lead to social unrest and open conflicts. These factors exacerbate economic underdevelopment and pose serious long-term threats to stability especially at times when actual and potential conflicts cross the national boundaries.

Fragile social status quo: The displaced Syrians who have taken refuge in Qaa in the caza of Baalback (Bekaa) are from the neighbouring villages of Qusair, Homs, Nizariyah and Rableh that are a few kilometres northeast of Qaa. With the influx of Syrian refugees, Qaa has become an “at risk area” as it faces changes in the distribution of and access to resources. On the other hand, moves toward a more equitable distribution of resources may be disruptive and cause conflict as they threaten to alter the status quo. Actual or potential change in the socio-economic status quo due to any development project addressed exclusively to the refugee community could lead, in the short run, to the perception of relative deprivation and to accusations of favouritism. This in turn could exacerbate tensions, alter relative social cohesion and result in violent struggles.

ODP is a sustainable intervention that enhances the infrastructure needed to support the economic sector of agriculture that represents 80% of the local GDP. By addressing the disrepair of the network ODP reduces loss and non-beneficial use of water, improves access to water for irrigation, expands the scope of agricultural exploitations and enhances the food security and health of both the host and refugees communities. ODP participates in improving LIIMQ’s management capacities and its stance in the community as it encourages the public’s positive attitude towards the preservation of water and the sound management of this scarce resource. The host community benefits from the rehabilitation of the water distribution network that addresses and reduces the non-beneficial use of water and impacts the water bill of the farmers; it improves and stabilizes the supply of water to agriculture and animal husbandry and allows the exploitation and irrigation of more agricultural land to feed the population and the animals. The Syrian refugee community has access to a larger number of exploitable agricultural lands and therefore it is enabled to face the economic and health challenges of the forced displacement.

The project addresses the priority to improve the situation of youth, children, women and the elderly in the host community and among the Syrian refugees as it enables them equal access to food security and improved hygienic and sanitary conditions. It also enables a better understanding of the importance of water, its conservation and preservation and its impact on the sustainability of the environment and economy and on the future livelihood opportunities of the region.  Youth, children, women and farmers from both communities are educated to the benefits of water conservation and preservation in order to mitigate the environmental and climate change challenges on the limited resource and ensure a sustainable local economy. The awareness to the environmental survival issues will deflect the young and children’s interest in bearing arms in an already destructive and cruel war. Women will observe the best household practices concerning water consumption.

On the social level, the project improves the common welfare of the host community, as it recognizes and rewards its positive stand and empathic attitude towards the Syrian refugees. It promotes social cohesion and peaceful cohabitation by the concerted participation of its communities and encouraging dialogue, networking for conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

Project overall objectives

The specific objective of ODP is to: “Increase the beneficial use of irrigation water resources in Qaa”.
ODP aims to improve the livelihood and incomes of the households of Qaa and of the Syrian refugees by providing an integrated package consisting of two complementary sets of activities that will address the technical and social causes of water misuse and squandering.

Project activities

The two activity clusters are:
1. Repairing the infrastructure defects of the primary irrigation channels in Qaa and 2. Disseminating the best practices related to water usage and preservation in both host and Syrian refugees communities. ODP is implemented in Qaa, caza of Baalback, in the North Eastern part of the Bekaa in Lebanon.

Started on: Friday, February 20, 2015, End date: Monday, July 20, 2015
Project description

Equip and form 60 Lebanese youth on designing and implementing small community projects and public events that bring together the wider community of Saadnayel, Rayak/Ali nahri  and Kfarzabad/ Faour. 60 Youth will attend Training on:

1- Conflict Mitigation

2- Need Assesment

3-Project Design

4-Social Media