Humans of Arcenciel

We have always supported the work of arcenciel.aec the non profit organization striving to create a better future for Lebanon through their mobility program, hazardous waste program, health program and many other innovative services helping the most vulnerable citizens. The social circus cirquenciel is one of those innovative projects helping the Youth by ‘community building through collaborative learning’. #humansofarcenciel
Check out #arcencielminute for interesting facts and info. And tune in to the BBS Stories podcast episode 4 we recorded a while back with our guests from aec, Kim and Miguel Issa sharing their story.
 

afikra

afikra

afikra is a wonderful initiative by Mikey Mu that encourages people to learn about Arab culture and history in a friendly environment.

This project, which now has chapters across the globe, inspires learning, offers a platform for discussion and exchange and gives an opportunity to explore issues related to Arab culture.

“The idea is that curious people can be successful, and people who are successful can be good community members, and good community members make good communities.” Mikey M.

More on this in Al-Fanar Media here

 

Apples apples apples

An interesting read in The Daily Star about food waste and some of the new and creative solutions that have emerged. The article features Ceasar Cider and its impact on the apple crisis through the production of cider from the apples that farmers can’t otherwise sell. #buylocal #wehavethebestapples #CeasarCider Read the article here

Rooftop garden

The Rooftop Garden fantastic initiative at the Women's Programs Association (WPA) in Burj Al-Barajneh Camp will allow the Soufra social enterprise of Women's Programs Association to be self-sufficient by planting 75% of the vegetables they need.
Thumbs up to Ziad Abichaker and the entire team behind this project. This is what he had to say about it: “In a 100 sq.mt space on a rooftop in Bourj el Barajneh refugee Camp, we recycled what amounted to 128,100 supermarket #plastic bags to make #Ecoboard panels, we composted 954 Kgs of #food #waste to make 525 Kgs of #compost, mixed them with 525 Kgs of Dry #Mulch(Shredded agricultural waste) added 525 Kgs of red soil and created vertical planters enabling the newly cleared space to hold 2600 plants. The building had 12 AC units which were discharging their pure water onto the narrow streets of the camp. We hooked all 12 units to collect the runoff water and pumped it up to the roof to use as crystal clear irrigation water. Next time someone tells you how bad the garbage crisis is tell them you are looking at it from the wrong angle. Waste = Resource = Food = Jobs = Well Being = PEACE. (Think long and hard about this equation) A special thank you goes to Ramla Khalidi who instigated this project and lead it to fruition with the least amount of bureaucracy and a full amount of trust among all participants…”      

#MaBaddaPlastic

#MaBaddaPlastic

Plastic pollution is impacting our lives in a dramatic way. We encourage all initiatives to reduce or eliminate the consumption of single-use plastic.

A few months ago the municipality of Jbeil was the first in Lebanon to ban the use of plastic bags. These will have to be replaced by -environmentally friendly-biodegradable bags by the end of the year.

There has also been a #BalaPlastic campaign led by local NGOs to encourage establishments to ban all single-use plastic straws and bottles.

Because of our terrible waste management, it’s important to remember that most of the waste we throw comes right back at us through water and air pollution.

Local french newspaper L’Orient-Le Jour has just launched a campaign against the use of plastic.
It’s time we all learn simple and good practices to fight against pollution.

Take action and mobilise your shopkeepers and your city to say #MaBaddaPlastic !

#livelovelebanon #livelovebeirut Kamal Mouzawak Rita Hayek #lorientlejour

Watch the video here

Social entrepreneurs

This recently published article by Florence Massena in The New Arab talks about the ever growing flock of startups and social entrepreneurs in Lebanon and their need for funding. Several local and international accelerators and investors, interested in social outcomes, are helping fund and mentor young Lebanese startups. Michelle Mouracade, Alfanar’s country director, believes that “Lebanese people …

Femme francophone entrepreneure

Femme francophone entrepreneure

Le concours Femme francophone entrepreneure (FFE) est une fantastique initiative qui encourage les femmes entrepreneures à mener à bien leur projet d’entreprise en leur offrant un soutien et un encadrement.
Le concours FFE est organisé par l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie AUF – Moyen-OrientBerytechL’Orient-Le Jour et Le Commerce du Levant, avec le soutien de la Société générale de banque au Liban (SGBL)

“L’édition 2018 a récompensé Maya Bacha, qui a fondé Sidelick un service innovant de garde d’animaux de compagnie, et Marielle Khayat, qui a monté Koullouna, une société qui expédie à des expatriés libanais des colis contenant des produits de leur pays d’origine.” [Nous vous encourageons d’ailleurs à commander vos boîtes pleines de surprises ici ! https://www.koullounabox.com/]

Un grand bravo à toutes les participantes. Nous saluons vos efforts et votre persévérance.

Lire l’article de L’Orient Le Jour ici

Clean up day

  "It would be difficult to get people to clean up a public beach in any county. Such a large turnout and collaboration among different groups from different parts of Lebanon proves that many are committed to change, improvement and citizenship in this county, despite all the problems. #WelcomeToLebanon" Well said Beirut Report thank you. #worldcleanupday2018             Recycle Lebanon wrote:
A massive thank you to the 250 people who came together on #worldcleanupday2018 to clean Maalmelten with @jci.lebanon from alba @sustainableclub who made it allhappen to @municipalityghazir @ouzville, scouts, @sisadmaalumni -koura and chouifat, @beardedvillainsleb alongside @wellnessproject_me @SurfShackLebanon. @alsultanbrahim, @zerowasteact_lebanon , #dropofftabarja, local communities and lucky travellers... elbows in-hand in hand. In total we picked up 3 bags of glass, 2 metal bags, 18 plastics and 46 rejectable waste, 1 shoes , 4 bags styrofoam , 1 textiles, 1 cartons and paper, and had big plastic water bottles found filled with straws and cigarette butts. We also found 1 big dead sea turtle and 1 small dead fish.. Both heartbreakingly died with plastic and will post separately #RecycleLebanon have the most #zerowaste #balaplastic #plasticfree #cleanups we have seen in the world with reusable recovered cloth bags used from uniforms, reusable washable gloves glass bottle and glass gallon water and briq to drink from, @yarrowenterprise sanitising spray and no plastic or toxic food or beverage available on site and ensuring all collected waste is sorted and sent to recycling with post clean up brand audits while educating on site and selling #ecosouk alternatives to #breakfreefromplastic on the spot. Next we will make bins from the waste and put them on each clean up spot with #preciousplastics We refuse to generate more waste to clean up and recycle waste. Each 1000 litre bag holds about 10 or so small reusable white plastic bags. Instead we use our signature reusable recovered cloth bags #madeinlebanon [the green colours are leftovers of #sabisschool uniforms] and can carry and flex more waste around reducing single use bags, raw virgin plastic consumption and reusable plastic bags all together. We work clean and collectively. Started a ripple and helping all other clean ups use less plastic, sort and recycle. On the Maamelten site we split the recyclables together with #dropofftabarja and @zerowasteact_lebanon and will be sending the rejectables to @ziad_abichaker

Live Love

L’histoire de Youmna Chamcham (qui avec Édouard Bitar) est à l’initiative du fantastique mouvement Live Love Beirut. Voir le beau et le positif et surtout vouloir le partager avec le monde entier. Avec ce projet, ils témoignent de leur attachement à leur pays, à leurs racines et nous encouragent à poser des gestes citoyen. La plateforme …