Returning Evacuees To Urban Residences Now (RETURN)
Through the RETURN project, funded by USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, Lutheran World Relief facilitated the safe return of 1,986 of the most vulnerable survivors of the Beirut blast to their residences, repairing damaged homes to habitable status and affording some stability to families already coping with economic, political and pandemic crises.
Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP): Expanding Women’s Labor Force in Lebanon (EWLFL)
This W-GDP project supports women entrepreneurs as catalysts for positive change in business, as well as in their families and communities, with gender-appropriate and gender-specific interventions. Through the project, Lutheran World Relief provides a gender-focused, tailored, externally accredited certification to the women entrepreneurs of USAID’s private sector development programs in Lebanon, some of whom may not have access to higher education or other formal certification programs, to demonstrate their knowledge and gain external corroboration for their businesses in the market. Lutheran World Relief also carries out complementary activities to improve the enabling business environment and link the women to business opportunities that strengthen their resilience capacities.
As part of a multi-pronged response to the August 2020 Beirut port explosion, Lutheran World Relief funded the 3ammer Jdid project and implemented activities at and around the epicenter of the blast zone in close collaboration with local partner the Georges N. Frem Foundation. Prioritizing women-led businesses, the project rebuilt and refurbished 90 affected micro and small enterprises (MSEs), such as mini-markets, hairdressers, car mechanics, small shops, bakeries, tailors, etc.
Agriculture for Peace in Lebanon
Through the Agriculture for Peace in Lebanon project, Lutheran World Relief offered Lebanese families and Syrian refugees specialized training on crop production, quality control and marketing, as well as employment opportunities, including an opportunity for women and men to learn how to produce crops in greenhouses. Lutheran World Relief also employed the local work force to repair and improve irrigation canals and water networks. This work was complemented by training in conflict resolution and prevention techniques, easing social tensions between Lebanese locals and Syrian refugees through income generating collaborations.
Improving the Livelihood Conditions of Host Communities & Syrians Working in Agriculture
Lutheran World Relief worked with Lebanese farmers from host communities and Syrian refugees working in agriculture to strengthen the capacity of 52 small and medium enterprises. The project installed drip irrigation networks and provided technical training to the Lebanese farmers and Syrian refugees. By the close of the project, participants were effectively using water from the drip irrigation schemes, producing higher quality crops with higher yields and saving money.
Conflict Management and Community Livelihoods Development
The goal of this project was to defuse tensions between Lebanese locals and Syrian refugees through mutually beneficial local economic development. Key municipality staff and Lebanese and Syrian community leaders were trained in local resource management and conflict prevention to help mitigate resource-based tensions and defuse local conflicts as project participants engaged together in agriculture-based livelihood strengthening activities.