Lebanese expatriates carry out development projects in their homeland

28 Jun 2010

The United Nations Development Programme  (UNDP)–LIVE LEBANON project is organizing a press conference to announce the implementation of several development projects in the Beirut southern suburbs as well as the North and South of Lebanon. The press conference will take place on Monday 28th of June at 10:00am at the premises of the Syndicate of Press in Ain el Tineh, Beirut. 

H.E. Mrs. Bahia Hairiri will attend the press conference alongside UNDP’s Resident Representative Ms. Marta Ruedas, UNDP – LIVE LEBANON’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf region Mr. Ghaleb Farha, the General Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Mr. Haitham Jomaa, as well as ambassadors, deputies and experts in the field of social development. 

During the conference, Ms. Ruedas will be talking about the implemented projects that will be inaugurated during the field visits that will follow the conference as well as the projects that are still under implementation. Mr. Farha will be focusing on the essential and active role that the Lebanese expatriates play in funding and supporting local development projects all over Lebanon and in creating an important linkage between the expatriates and their homeland. 

The conference will be followed by three days field visits during which the Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Farha alongside LIVE LEBANON’ team will inaugurate the to-date accomplished projects in all of Beirut Southern Suburbs, the North and the South. 

LIVE LEBANON – the groundbreaking partnership between civil society, local authorities, the private sector and Lebanese emigrants is about creating much-needed jobs, rebuilding destroyed markets, and allowing farms to develop and grow. It’s about providing safe drinking water, obtaining the best medical equipment, and making sure the elderly are well cared for. It’s about encouraging youngsters to fulfill their true potential, through sports, school and play.

Live Lebanon runs projects in the North, South, Bekaa, Mount Lebanon and Beirut. The projects are grouped under themes: youth, health, environment, education and income-generating activities. The donor can select which region, village, campaign or project to support and the amount of the intended contribution.

The website www.livelebanon.net is frequently updated with the progress of the projects. UNDP’s global experience in project management will ensure that donations are used efficiently and reported thoroughly and transparently.

Live Lebanon has been initiated in partnership with the Directorate General for Emigration of the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.