Civil society projects
Started on: Sunday, July 17, 2011, End date: Saturday, December 31, 2011
Project description

The  project "Empowering Vulnerable Women through Technology " or Let's communicate" is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Lebanon (SDC) in partnership with the local NGO Women Program Center in Ein El Helwe Palestine Refugee camp.


The project is targeting vulnerable women and girls. The Reach Up! Training program (ICT/entreprenuership/livelihood)  will be conducted to this target group, it bring women and technology together to build on Lebanon’s fundamental assets – a highly educated population and entrepreneurial spirit

Project overall objectives

The project's objective is to train 100 vulnerable women on DOT's economic program the ReachUp! Training program (with emphasis on women empowerment concepts).

Project activities

1. TOT
2. Community Participants Face to face training

Project hosted by: Catholic Relief Services
Started on: Saturday, January 1, 2011, End date: Saturday, December 31, 2011
Project description

Through its range of youth empowerment, good governance, emergency response, and peacebuilding projects, CRS has had the chance to work closely with a variety of Lebanese NGOs. CRS has seen that the majority of Lebanese NGOs face certain institutional gaps (poor internal governance procedures, shaky understanding of project and budget management, and ineffective division of roles) which limit their impact. CRS therefore has developed a methodology of trainings and on-the-job coaching to build Lebanese NGOs’ capacity to implement their current projects as well as build their overall systems. CRS ensures real learning through continuous support to partners with a variety of capacity building methods. Unlike other capacity building programs that rely on one-off trainings, CRS carefully follows up training with on-the-job coaching or job shadowing opportunities or other learning methods which help partners integrate new tools or skills into their existing systems.

Project overall objectives

Develop the organizational capacity of 4 Lebanese NGOs to a level that allows them to successfully compete for and manage grant awards. Develop financial and administrative systems for the 4 selected Lebanese NGOs to promote internal good governance, transparency, accountability and planning modeling the same democratic procedures that NGOs demand of their government.

Project hosted by: Social Media Exchange
Started on: Wednesday, April 6, 2011, End date: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Project description

Anyone with a cause can start a blog, a Facebook page, or a Twitter account. But not everyone can make something happen in the real world as a result of their online activity. The tools are there, but most of us don

Project activities

May 7-8: The Profile of a Digital Media Trainer/Coach Working in the Context of Advocacy and Development
May 28: Advocacy Strategy Overview, Listening & Looking Online
June 18: Publishing to the Web I: Content Strategy, Text & Image
July 9: Engagement Strategy I: User Experience (UX), Interaction, Moderation & Crossposting
July 30: Publishing to the Web II: Rich Media (Audio & Video) & User-Generated Content
September 3: Engagement Strategy II: Online Communities and Collaboration
September 24: Elections & Event Coverage with Social Media
October 15: Monitoring & Evaluation
November 5: Designing Projects & Writing Proposals that Incorporate Social Media

In addition participants will benefit from online and offline access to experts in various aspects of digital and social media. Graduates of the program will earn professional certification from SMEXbeirut as a social media trainer/coach, as well as personal branding and marketing coaching to help establish them as social media specialists in their communities.

Project hosted by: Catholic Relief Services
Started on: Monday, November 1, 2010, End date: Monday, October 31, 2011
Project description

With our partner Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire, the project aims to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families in Lebanon by providing a more holistic care and support package of services for PLHIV and their families. Activities include provision of professional counseling (individual and group) for PLHIV and their families; social support for very vulnerable PLHIV and their families; training of health and social workers on appropriate care for PLHIV and their families; and capacity building of PLHIV to educate and support PLHIV to access services and make healthy choices. Ultimately, this project will enhance the rights, dignity and quality of life for PLHIV and their family members.

Project overall objectives

This project aims to ensure sustained improvement in the quality of life for People Living with HIV and their families in Lebanon.

Started on: Wednesday, September 10, 1997, End date: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Project description

- Protecting and fostering childhood

- Community-based learning

- Sustinable club for teenagers

- Training workshop for social and cultural animation work

- Training young people on economic and life skills, leadership initiatives, design and programming

- Distribution of presents on children on holidays and occasions

- Organizing extracurricular activities and entertainement activities for public schools

Project overall objectives

To develop the cultural, social, educational, environmental and health capacities of the benefeciaries, as well as to implement the articles of the Charter of Rights for Children.

Project activities

- To foster early childhood

- To provide rehabilitation programs in IT, languages, music and theater, as well as to eradicate illetracy

- To establish relationships with people around and to organize parties and entertaining activities

- To organize weekly forums on health guidance for mother and child

- To receive drop-out and wirking children and rehabilitate them on educational, psychological, social and cultural levels

- To open a club for sports and entertainment activities specially for teenagers

- To organize training sessions and to develop life skills and capacities (communication

Project hosted by: Permanent Peace Movement
Started on: Saturday, February 2, 2008, End date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Project description

PPM is delivering conflict resolution worksops in six uniiversities (Haigazian, Lebanese University, Universite St. Joseph, Sagesse University, Universite Esprit Kaslik, American University Beirut) throughout Lebanon. The goal of these workshops is to provide essential tools to prevent conflicts in universities, that may lead to national conflicts . At the end of each training, a students needs form will be collected in order to continue with them the second year with a progressive training according to their needs.

Project hosted by: Nabil Badran Center
Started on: Thursday, October 25, 2007, End date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Project description

This project is an educational programme, which will be provided to children with special needs, mainly to those with hearing and speech impairment, aged between 3 to 15 years old. It is a programme of regular education , smilar to the official curriculum, with more focus on reading and key pronunciation .
The explanation techniques and trainings will be done by using hearing aid equipment.

This projects objective is to provide these children with education , which will equip them with tools for better communication and chances for a better future, to be able to join schools and vocational training

Project overall objectives

- To provide education for children with special needs, especially those with hearing and speech impairment, work on integrating them into their surrounding by equipping them with communication tools.
- To provide these children with capacities that enable them to be active participants in their surroundings, to have the ability to join regular schools or vocational training to communicate with other children when they leave the house to pay outdoors, and to reduce their sense of isolation.
- To change the societies perception of disability.
- To provide support for the existing working team at the center.

Project activities

The target groups are children with are children with specific disabilities(deaf and dumb children, children having speak problems& simple disabilities) from two years and a half up to fifteen years old, to whom we offer academic training.

Also we refer to vocational training, where the priority is for students residing in Tyre area and its camps, and the students who have financial problems preventing them to register in specialized indoor schools that are usually expensive.

Some difficulties rise during the project implementation , where some parents are unable to pay the cost of the child case diagnosis, in addition to the deficiency in specific cases specialists in the area which in turn prevents the disabled from any rehabilitation.

Project hosted by: Catholic Relief Services
Started on: Saturday, January 1, 2011, End date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Project description

In direct response to the propositions resulting from the recent Synod on the Church in the Middle East, Middle East Christians will have a better understanding of Catholic social teaching through Catholic social action and as a result will be more engaged in the civic life of their countries and communities. Caritas Lebanon will identify and mobilize local caritas offices, catholic social institutions, dioceses and local NGO partners to participate in workshops, during which participants will gain a fuller understanding of catholic social though and action. Participants will formulate work plans to utilize their newly acquired knowledge in their organizations dioceses and communities.
The project objective is to train Christians in the Middle East on the knowledge related to the Catholic Church social thought and action. This will be accomplished by the production of a training curriculum and manual on the Catholic Church social thought and action and training of trainers focusing on key Christian actors for replicating the training to others in their organizations or those who they may influence.

Project overall objectives

The project objective is to Train Christians in the Middle East on the knowledge related to the Catholic Church social thought and action. The project will meet its objectives through two main activities:
1- Production of a training curriculum and manual on the Catholic Church social thought and action.
2- Training of trainers where the training will focus on key Christian actors and not only offer material, but strategies and methodologies for replicating the training to others in their organizations or those who they may influence.

Project hosted by: Amel Association
Started on: Monday, July 11, 2011, End date: Friday, July 22, 2011
Project description

Amel House of Human Rights, which is a part of Amel Association, is organizing a two week Summer School on Law and Conflict, 11th - 22nd July 2011.

Lebanon and the Middle East region continue to suffer and struggle with the phenomenon of armed conflicts. There is hence a need for skilled jurists with a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework pertaining to conflict and its consequences. In order to contribute to and develop this legal knowledge locally, the Summer School on Law and Conflict will offer an in-depth insight into the international

Project overall objectives

The Summer School on Law and Conflict aims to provide mainly graduates of law, but also human rights activists and researchers, with the knowledge and legal framework for the protection of civilians, refugees and other vulnerable groups during armed conflicts or emergency situations, and for the fulfillment of justice for victims of conflict. We seek to empower rights defenders in times of conflict, in order to have better legal documentation and reporting in times of conflict, including in law firms, research centers, international organizations, and local and regional NGOs operating in Lebanon.

Project activities

Content and Methodology

The two week Summer School course will consist of (1) lectures given by Lebanese and international university professors and practitioners in international organizations, and (2) moot courts, exercises and case studies.

The Summer School will cover the following themes:

Project hosted by: Act for Lebanon
Started on: Monday, October 1, 2007, End date: Friday, July 1, 2011
Project description

When asked how much educated men were superior to those uneducated, Aristotle answered, "As much as the living is to the dead."

Diogenes Laertius (fl. 2nd century).

The Bekaa Valley, which includes Baalbeck Kaza and City are living examples of deprivation and marginalization. As a result, the area suffers from high rates of unemployment, high illiteracy rates, and low basic needs satisfaction.

Act for Lebanon is undertaking an important educational project to offer another alternative to the residents of the region. Providing secular education that is not based towards a religious or political point of view is essential.

Education is basic to the revival of the city of Baalbeck and its civil society, and essential for its future socio-economic development.

The new school project is not only seen as an educational institution through which concepts such as democracy, transparency, rule of law, good governance and tolerance could be taught, but also as a platform through which the re-emergence of civic action could be supported.

Baalbeck Community School will not only be offering educational services but also, acting as a community center and eventually becoming a focal point for citizens of Baalbeck to act together for change and development.

Act for Lebanon believes in education for life and attaches great importance to this new project. The School team is presently building an integrated educational program, training the staff and teachers, and preparing for its first year of operations to welcome 60 students for the three first pre-school classes the next year (2007-2008). The objective is to deliver a high standard education to the Baalbeck students in an integrated effort within the community and that is the reason why the school and community center go together.

The school building has a capacity for 800 students and the project is to develop services and open new classes as the student population grows in the coming years.

A special education consultant team will monitor the implementation of the programs and support the teachers and students in their efforts, Act for Lebanon aims at making this pilot project a showcase so that it can serve as a model for other schools in the region.

Project overall objectives

- Contribute to promoting openness and interaction of Baalbeck citizens with other environments and cultures, and to draw upon science, technology and research advancement.

- Develop the moral and intellectual qualities of students, such as creativity, cooperation, perseverance and mutual respect, to develop their capacities.

- Support students to acquiring and mastering the English language and prepare them for their future professional life.

The final aim of the project will yield at two levels:

- First, the participation of community members in the development of their own capabilities and aptitudes, so they would become more active agents in change and socio-economic development.

- Second, development of the individual and his values according to our educational vision, particularly in that of developing individual autonomy:

- individual development.

- Education must enrich their knowledge and make them effective economic actors in their community.

- Education must raise students? awareness to their role as responsible citizens in a free society.

These objectives are strongly seen as complementary in nurturing individual freedom through interdependent knowledge and training, and according to three levels of educational integration: Sensibilization, Discernment and Mastering.

Project activities

Starting by welcoming the families of those 60 students, the community center will work on mobilizing the community around health issues, development actions, small scale business and income generating projects, etc. This would mean that the school premises will be operational 12 hours a day, and open to the community, listening to its problems and acting, together, for solutions.

Act for Lebanon sees the Baalbeck Community School becoming a central platform for dialogue, community solidarity and high standard education within a period of three years.