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Green houses contribution allows farmers to pay their children’s tuition fees

“The unstable economic situation in the country forced me to go into farming. I wasn’t always a farmer but my husband’s retirement pension was not enough to support our family,” says Rima Obeid, a wife and mother of four living in the area of Halba – Akkar. “And now with the new greenhouse provided more

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Strengthening solidarity among Lebanese Communities hosting Syrian refugees

In response to the Syrian crisis and the increasing influx of Syrian displaced to Lebanon, UNDP supports Lebanese hosting communities struggling to cope with the tremendous additional burden in an already harsh socio-economic environment. Wadi Khaled, a village North Lebanon, is considered as the pomore

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Enhancing relationship between Palestinian gatherings and Lebanese local authorities

The village of Darb el Sim is located in South Lebanon and accommodates for parts of Ain el Helwe camp and two of its adjacent gatherings or areas ‘Jabal el Halib’ and ‘Hay el Sohoun’ as well as another gathering ‘Seerob’. In the middle of all these areas, a 400m open sewage and rain water stream pamore

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UNDP explored new horizons for problem-solving for olive farmers in Hasbaya

The Cooperative for Olive Farmers in Hasbaya, South Lebanon has achieved a unique specialty in transforming the residue of olives into livestock feed at their site.  For the process, they employ the equipment and machinery offered by the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon (UNDP). more

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UNDP reduces expenses on drinking water by 60%

Wadi Khaled, one of the poorest villages in Northern Lebanon, does not have a sufficient water supply for its populations. With the rise in the numbers of Syrian refugees (8000) in Wadi Khaled, the need indeed grew for water.   The United Nations Development Programme, under the Project “Suppormore

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Marjeyoun: Equipping a public school

Most of Lebanon's students in public schools attend unequipped and inappropriate classrooms. In Jdaidet Marjeyoun, the students at the Intermediate Public School have no heaters in classes, their science laboratory lacks key apparatus and their music and art sessions lack recreational material. more

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Reviving Municipal Health Services, One Clinic at a Time

Having a heart condition meant serious trouble for patients in the northern village of Meshmesh. This was the case a year ago. Then, the Municipal Mother and Child Health Clinic had no capacity to offer cardiovascular diagnoses.   High blood pressure is a common chronic condition faced by many more

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Kfarhabou: Improving primary healthcare

Since 1983, the Kferhabou Health Clinic has offered primary health services to the local community and seven other neighboring villages. Today, the medical services provided include: general medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and dental care. More than 8000 residents have accesmore

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UNDP in the Energy Saving Spotlight

The COP15 Climate Summit last month may have left most of us in the dark on international climate change commitments, but pressure is still on for Lebanon to reduce its energy consumption. It may seem that such issues may not directly affect Lebanon, but Lebanon has more of a reason to be concernedmore

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UNDP mobilized Women’s efforts to fight for their survival and social security

Twelve women in Deir Kanoun el Nahr, supported by the municipality, were courageous enough to venture into the business world in an area where opportunities, employment and income generation is hardly available. The women Agricultural cooperative in Deir Kanoun Nahr produces various traditional homemore

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When municipalities, cooperatives and youngsters work together

Since 2000, UNDP has been working in the South to support cooperatives, municipalities and youth groups. Today the fruits of those efforts are progressively visible. The women cooperative of Bint Jbeil that was established by UNDP in 2006 took the initiative of organizing an artisanal exhibition imore

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Venice and Lebanon: together through the mirror

The project “Venice and Lebanon: together through the mirror” is a joint project involving UNDP Art Gold and Venice municipality. It offered to a group of about 100 Lebanese youngsters from different villages and confessional backgrounds in the South the opportunity to participate at three artistic more

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GIS Platform in Tripoli Helps Improve Municipal Services

“My city now has a powerful, customizable and technologically advanced GIS system for creating and maintaining a directory of our streets and addresses,” says Tripoli Mayor Nader al-Ghazal.“Most importantly, it has dramatically improved how we are able to respond to the needs of our citizens. ”The Imore

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Planting Thyme in Zawtar Al Charkieh

Zawtar Al Charkieh, the southern village, highly relying on agriculture as a source of income, was severely affected by the July 2006 war that caused immediate damages to 90% of agricultural fields including lands contaminated by cluster bombs. Therefore, the farmers of the village who used to collemore

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Women's Cooperatives in Lebanon empowered by the sweet taste of success

After the July 2006 war severely damaged Lebanon's socio-economic and infrastructure, the establishment of income-generating projects in highly war-affected areas, especially projects targeting women was crucial to support the infrastructural and agricultural services and cooperatives.By supporting more

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Enhance the relationship between host communities and Syrian refugees

As a response to the Syrian crisis, the UNDP approach was to strengthen the Lebanese host communities so they can better support the Syrian refugees. One of the UNDP strategy was to reach this goal through the support of local cooperatives. Many projects have been implemented in the host communitiesmore

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Empower youth and promote social inclusion among them

The story of Hassan Khazaal is one of resilience and perseverance to discover ones capacities and delve into a long journey of change and self-development. Today, the 27 year old youth leader from Tibnin in South Lebanon, at 120 km away from the capital city of Beirut, sits in a relatively small offmore

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Journalists’ Pact for Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon

21 editors-in-chief from various media outlets sat together on March 7th 2013, to discuss the content of the Journalists’ Pact which has been elaborated in direct consultation with them aiming at strengthening civil peace.The official launch of the pact was held on June 25th at Phoenicia Hotel, undemore

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Harvesting wild sage in Mejdel Akkar

In one of the highest mountains of Mejdel Akkar in North Lebanon, far away from the noisiness of the hectic city, three women harvest sage from the wild. With other 22 women, these harvesters work in the Mejdel Akkar Cooperation supported by the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon “We armore

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Each vote counts

The latest Lebanese elections have been different from the previous parliamentary elections. Several changes have been made concerning the electoral procedures, such as redrawing of the electoral district, holding the elections in all the districts at the same day and using the National ID cards insmore