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Strengthening a sustainable and innovative social solidarity network in Lebanon for most economically vulnerable Syrian and Lebanese populations

June 2016 – June 2017

The new collaboration project between arcenciel and OCHA aims to increase the accessibility of clothing and basic living equipment for people living in severe financial difficulties.

Under the name of “Strengthening a sustainable and innovative social solidarity network in Lebanon for most economically vulnerable Syrian and Lebanese populations”, the project aims to provide essential goods such as clothing and basic living equipment for 10,000 people living in the areas of Beirut, the Beqaa, and Akkar.

The 1-year project promotes integration, collaboration, and development through 4 intensive activities:

Activity 1: Conducting sewing workshops for disabled Lebanese and Syrian women

The workshops take place at the arcenciel center in Beirut (Sad el Bauchrieh) and target 12 Lebanese and Syrian women coming from unprivileged backgrounds.

The delivered workshops are divided into two types: a traditional sewing workshop and a clothing design workshop. Both are conducted by one permanent tutor with the support of various volunteers.

Activity 2: Expanding the solidarity network and improving social stability

In this activity, arcenciel benefits from its already existing strong network of organizations (Lebanese schools, municipalities, youth federation) to install containers in order to collect in-kind donations all over Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

The Social Program conducts awareness campaigns through different communication tools and boosts cooperation and partnership with other major humanitarian actors (NGOs, the UN, etc.), in order to build an efficient network which can benefit targeted populations.

Activity 3: Collecting and distributing in-kind donations to targeted people through arcenciel’s social shops

This activity takes place during the winter season when the needs of vulnerable people (including children) are critical. Coordination with other national and international organizations conducting winterization projects is established in order to ensure the effectiveness and quality of the services delivered to the beneficiaries.

Once the in-kind donations are received in the containers, they are transported to arcenciel’s social store in Sad el Baouchriye (Beirut suburb), to then be dispatched to arcenciel’s community centers and social shops across the Lebanese territory, where they are sorted and arranged by type, size, and gender selection.

After this, social workers from arcenciel undertake home visits to identify the needs of targeted people and inform them about the arrival of new items.

Activity 4: Improving the livelihoods of 20 affected and marginalized people

arcenciel trains the most impoverished and marginalized people, including refugees (50% Syrians), living with disabilities and social disruptions in order to increase their incomes. The project empowers them by making them lead various positions (administrative work, drivers and helpers, sorting and dispatching agents, managers and agents) in return of a compensation that enables them to improve their livelihoods.