Civil society projects
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. 

 

Brief

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


Project hosted by: RootSpace
Started on: Saturday, March 22, 2008, End date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Project description

RootSpace is committed to supporting civil society and social entrepreneurship in Lebanon. As part of that, RootSpace works as a shared/community office space (co-working) where individuals and small groups (project-based, or as part of a small or newly developing company or organization) can rent office space, either desks or a private office, with all the amenities of a real office space: internet, telephone, fax, printer, kitchen, and more, all in a prime location overlooking downtown Beirut, BIEL, and the port area (we are in Saifi, just near the EU headquarters and Smart Car). This is a developing project, but we are trying to set things up so we can help other people/groups do their work better/quicker/easier.

More information is online:
http://therootspace.org/site/workatrootspace

Or email for more info or for any questions:
innovate (at) therootspace (dot) org

Prices are reasonable, with some flexibility.

Project overall objectives

To provide a community work-space individuals, groups, organizations, or small businesses, for working towards social change, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.
To foster collaboration and support.
To hold meetings and gatherings.

Project activities

A variety of activities related to sustainable development, tech/ICT for development, innovation, open source/systems, social entrepreneurship, green tech, etc.

Started on: Monday, June 1, 2015, End date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Project description

The SWITCH-Med initiative is a regional multi-component program funded by the EU. It will be implemented through collaborative efforts by the EU, UNIDO, UNEP/MAP, SCP/RAC and UNEP-DTIE.

The overall objective of the SWITCH-Med initiative is to facilitate the shift toward Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the southern Mediterranean Region.

The program aims to change the practices of the production and consumption of goods and services in order to decouple development and the satisfaction of the needs of the community from environmental damage. Via the elaboration of policies, demonstration activities and networking, this program will boost Green Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region; Empower Mediterranean Civil Society Organization (CSOs) to facilitate their shift towards more sustainable lifestyles, and to support collaborative initiatives between Green Entrepreneurs and CSOs in the Mediterranean region.

 

BIAT is implementing the project as a local contact point for Lebanon and is responsible for the following activities:

 

-          Identification and selection of local trainers on Green Entrepreneurship (a group of at least 20 candidates who will become trainers on green entrepreneurship, 10 of whom will be selected and trainer)

-          Identification and call for potential Green Entrepreneurship for the training program (160 GE, 8 workshops)

-           Identifying of local Green Entrepreneurs to be invited to the training workshops as examples of success

-          Organization of training workshops: One workshop for ten local trainers and eight workshops for 160 selected Green entrepreneurs

 

Are you a green entrepreneur? Do you have a green business startup idea in mind?

The SwitchMed Training Programme is looking for green entrepreneurs, either individuals or in a group, who can start

up and develop economic projects that will create ecological and social value. Are you one of these future green entrepreneurs? Would you like to transform your green product idea and/or service to be launched onto the market? Do you wish to launch a business that is capable of generating added value at all levels economic, environmental and social?

 Submit your application on: http://goo.gl/forms/y2OtyGtaw0

For more info: http://biatcenter.org/assets/uploads/switchmed.pdf

Project overall objectives

The overall objective of the SWITCH-Med initiative is to facilitate the shift toward Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the southern Mediterranean Region.

Started on: Thursday, September 6, 2012, End date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Project description

 

1-         Project goals: The project aims to build capacity for education reform by supporting the governmental agencies                   through provision of research, training of trainers, coaching and mentoring.

2-         Project activities:

         1)      Evaluate and develop the citizenship education curricula and its learning and teaching resources;

         2)      Teachers and administrators to implement an active citizenship program; and

         3)      Develop a democratic school environment through parent and student councils and community service              programs. 

        

Project activities

We will organize the program as five Activities. Three Activities detail the work to be undertaken to deliver the contract. Activity 4 is the management and coordination of the program. Activity 5 is the evaluation. Within each Activity we have planned detailed Work Packages (WPs) which describe the steps of the program and enable us to calculate the resource required. WPs are numbered according to Activity and then sequence e.g. 1.3 or 2.6. Each WP indicates the month when it starts and includes specific objectives and descriptions of work for that period. A summary of this information is on the timeline. In the descriptions of work, each point specifies three items: activity; number of days; partner and [number of people provided by that partner]. European experts (ET) will be contracted by IOE at the request of any partner when necessary for the intervention.

Started on: Thursday, September 6, 2012, End date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Project description

 

        Project activities:

         1)      Evaluate and develop the citizenship education curricula and its learning and teaching resources;

         2)      Teachers and administrators to implement an active citizenship program; and

         3)      Develop a democratic school environment through parent and student councils and community service              programs. 

        

Project overall objectives

The project aims to build capacity for education reform by supporting the governmental agencies through provision of research, training of trainers, coaching and mentoring.

Project activities

We will organize the program as five Activities. Three Activities detail the work to be undertaken to deliver the contract. Activity 4 is the management and coordination of the program. Activity 5 is the evaluation. Within each Activity we have planned detailed Work Packages (WPs) which describe the steps of the program and enable us to calculate the resource required. WPs are numbered according to Activity and then sequence e.g. 1.3 or 2.6. Each WP indicates the month when it starts and includes specific objectives and descriptions of work for that period. A summary of this information is on the timeline. In the descriptions of work, each point specifies three items: activity; number of days; partner and [number of people provided by that partner]. European experts (ET) will be contracted by IOE at the request of any partner when necessary for the intervention.

Started on: Saturday, November 1, 2014, End date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Project description

The Image Festival Association - Zakira, launches a project in cooperation with UNDP to support Syrian and Lebanese youth promoting social cohesion through video production.

The aim of the project is to build the capacity of 30 Syrian and Lebanese youth aged between 18 and 24 years living in West Bekaa (Marj area) by providing video and editing training courses through a series of workshops.  The project also indirectly aims at launching a dialogue between youth, pushing them to share their stories, and thus share their history and present.

This project will help the youth develop 15 short videos entailing stories from five to seven minutes in length, covering aspects of the Syrian refugee communities living in Lebanon, as well as stories from the neighbouring Lebanese host communities.

The resulting video stories will be screened in Beirut in Al Madina Theatre in the presence of the participants, as well as local NGO’s representatives, interested audience, local and international media, as well international agencies, where the screening of each video would be followed by a short discussion between the participants and the audience.

Project activities

Video and editing workshops.
Field trips.
Projection of video stories in Al Madina Theatre
Open discussion with participants.

Project hosted by: Learning to CARE Institute
Started on: Saturday, November 15, 2014, End date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Project description

The Learning to CARE Institute (LTCI) has been invited to partner with a new social venture in their production of a magazine targeted to مغتربين (people of Lebanese heritage) returning to Lebanon during different seasons of the year. They plan to launch the magazine with an issue for those coming to Lebanon over the Christmas holidays (November 15-January 15), with future issues focused on Ramadan and Summer 2015.

LTCI will draft an article for the magazine about volunteering of the mughtaribeen, appropriate to the season and to their circumstances. And we would then like to provide a list of at least 20 volunteer opportunities of different sorts to fit people of different ages, religious identities, and regions of the country. Ideally, at least some of these volunteer opportunities would allow and encourage cross over on all three counts. Some opportunities might be for individual volunteers, some for people who would volunteer in groups. Some could be opportunities for intergenerational volunteering, so that members of a family volunteer could together as special shared experience. Some of the volunteer opportunities might need special skills, expertise, or knowledge, while others could be done by anyone.

This first issue will only be in English, and communications with the participating organizations or institutions will be in English, but hopefully future editions will be in Arabic as well as the different languages of the Lebanese diaspora. That does not mean that the volunteer opportunity has to be in English. Specific language fluency can be one of the details to be listed in the requirements for the position.

If your NGO is interested in the project and would like further information please fill in the brief online questionnaire. I will be leaving Lebanon for the summer on June 15, so most interaction will need to be by email or Skype, but if you would like to meet me or ask anything about the project, you are invited to attend the 2nd Open Discussion on Volunteering in Lebanon on Wednesday, June 11 from 7:00-9:00 pm at AltCity. While this project will not be the focus of the discussion session, I will give a brief description of the project as part of the discussion. I can also meet with people about it briefly before or after the discussion session (6:30-7 and 9-9:30). And within the coming month I will send information to those who sign up, giving more information about the project, and asking for them to complete a more detailed questionnaire about the organization and the volunteer opportunities it can offer.

Dr. Patricia Nabti
Director, Learning to CARE Institute

Project overall objectives

• Give mughtaribeen (people of Lebanese heritage) the chance to volunteer during their visits to Lebanon.
• Create stronger bonds between Lebanon and its diaspora
• Increase the pool of volunteers
• Serve a variety of social needs

Project activities

Their volunteer opportunities could include painting, planting, sewing, visiting the elderly, helping those with disabilities, building or renovating a building, cleaning and improving a park, playing with children, translating, developing a website, singing, dancing, juggling, reading to the blind, visiting the sick, giving a presentation, teaching a skill, visiting people in prison, helping refugees or other displaced people, writing a proposal, joining an advocacy campaign. The possibiltiies are endless. But all the opportunities should give the volunteers the opportunity to feel that they made a positive difference in the country.