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Social Protection for 9 vulnerable municipalities

January 2016 – January 2018

arcenciel and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have been carrying out a 24-month long project under the name of “Social Protection for 9 vulnerable municipalities”.

The project’s aim is to strengthen 9 municipalities and develop a social protection system for 10,000 Lebanese and refugees living in the regions of Akkar, the Beqaa, and Beirut.

By carrying out studies and analyses of the local resources, arcenciel has been identifying and monitoring the adequate social, health, and youth services needed in each municipality in order to build new – or develop already existing infrastructures (schools, hospitals, etc). Moreover, arcenciel’s project has been providing helpful information for governmental institutions, such as ministries, in order to encourage and facilitate the follow-through of the execution.

As the project progresses, two community workers from each municipality are being trained and  are tasked to regularly visit the residents of their respective municipality to acknowledge their needs and guide the track of the project.

Our goals are to:

-Support 1,600 people in need (30% of them with disabilities) with specialists with different focuses in orthopedics, gynecology, nutrition, paramedical consultations, dental, and provide them with a supply of medicine and technical aid (wheelchair, crutch, prosthetics)

-Distribute clothes and other needed supplies to 2000 people

-Provide professional trainings for 270 Lebanese and Syrian women in agriculture, sustainable development, or arts. After completion of the training, the women are awarded a certificate to help them find employment.

-Provide professional training for 1,000 young people aged 14 to 24 in community work, agriculture, or environment, and enable them to participate in psychosocial activities like circus arts, sports, and theater.

-Enable 9 community projects presented by 90 young Syrians and Lebanese (10 people per project) trained in community work, fundraising, and project management. One project will then be elected and funded by arcenciel to meet the needs of at least 300 people.