Sister power duo and public art

T Sakhi, the Beirut/Milan-based architecture and design studio has been working on a series of urban interventions and public art. ⁣ ⁣ In a city where there are too few attractive outdoor public spaces for people to meet and spend time, Tessa and Tara (the power sister duo behind this project) created public infrastructure to …

12 heroes. 12 inspiring stories.

Here is the first episode of Zyara (Season 4). The award-winning documentary series that paints poetic portraits of people is created by Home of Cine-Jam, an association for Humanitarian Arts. This episode tells the story of Ghada.  In March 2010, she established MMKN Organization, a democratic, non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization, which aims to spread knowledge and raise social …

Cedrus Libani

The Cedrus Libani, commonly known as the Cedar of Lebanon is a unique and precious species; our national emblem and a symbol of holiness, peace and eternity. Some of the Cedars have been here for more than 1,000 years and have outlived Empires. The famous french poet and writer Alphonse de Lamartine described the Cedars …

Meet Marc Torbey El Helou.

This is an inspirational story of sheer grit, determination, will power, love and faith. Meet Marc Torbey El Helou. In 2016, a tragic diving accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Despite his challenging physical condition, Marc embraces life and uses obstacles that were put in his way as stepping stones. He found the will …

A Better Beirut podcast

We recently had the pleasure to meet Nicolas Dahan, co-creator (with Samir Ballouz) of A Better Beirut podcast. In November 2018 they launched a podcast to share local initiatives and showcase what Lebanon has best to offer. A Better Beirut and BBS have a similar mission of shedding light on those who do good, those who strive to make …

Protect the oceans

At BBS, we care for nature. We support projects that raise awareness on climate change, we encourage citizens to take action on key environmental issues, we promote sustainability, we share news on local eco-friendly initiatives.  And we love music too. You would think one has nothing to do with the other. Well, think again.  Greenpeace, the …

Arab Image Foundation

The Arab Image Foundation – المؤسّسة العربيّة للصورة celebrated 22 years with a new online interactive platform offering us the most significant visual archive of the Arab World, just a click away! You can now discover 22 000+ images (out of the AIF’s impressive collection of 500 000+), explore projects and experiments. The Arab Image Foundation is …

Beit el Baraka

In these difficult times, we salute all the Lebanese NGOs that work (very) hard to support people in need and fight to alleviate inequality and exclusion. Beit El Baraka was established in Beirut in 2017. It is committed to ensuring special care and assistance to the most disadvantaged retired citizens, acknowledging the contributions older people have …

AUB Neighborhood Initiative

We recently started following the AUB Neighborhood Initiative and we hope it serves as an example for other communities! AUBNI was established in 2007 as a way of giving back to the AUB neighborhood, by mobilizing the university’s resources for the public good, beginning just outside the campus walls. This Initiative supports research and outreach activities on …

Upcycled clothes

Say hello to summer, get rid of your old clothes, encourage Lebanese social entrepreneurs and do good ! Here is a great initiative by FabricAID. FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at micro prices ($0.3-$2 per item). Their goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them, …