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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

#buylocal

We encourage you to #buylocal and support Lebanese entrepreneurs!⁣ ⁣ These are some of our favorite local products. ⁣ ⁣ Hum’n Go Snacks (from which all proceeds go to the ProAbled platform that was launched with the support of Alfanar to connect employers with people with physical and financial challenges)⁣ mymoune Nutshell Peanut Butter The Good Thymes WAJD TAQA Miel …

Sustainable fashion in Beirut

We just came across this article in Vogue Arabia about DEPOT-VENTE BEIRUT, Beirut’s coolest vintage store! Keeping vintage and conscious fashion alive. Words by the talented New York based Lebanese UX designer, founder of Slow Factory, activist, teacher Celine Semaan. Photography by @prodantzoulis, in collaboration with Pam Nasr for art direction/styling. “Nawal is all about using her store as a platform …

A unique coffee shop!

Meet Wassim El Hage and his team. Wassim is the owner of Lebanon’s first coffee shop that employs people with special needs. As a passionate physical therapist, Wassim enjoyed working with people with disabilities. In collaboration with the Lebanese Down Syndrome Association الجمعية اللبنانية لتثلث الصبغية 21 he decided to create an environment where they could work, interact and …

Alzheimer day-care centers

Studies show that there are around 40 000 Alzheimer’s disease cases in Lebanon.   Last year, the Alzheimer’s Association opened two day-care centers, first of their kind in the country!   Most of the time people with dementia stay at home and are socially isolated. These centers are a safe place where people living with …

Turning disability into distinctive ability

Meet Michael Haddad. Michael is a professional athlete, inspirational speaker, adventurer and environmentalist. 75% of his body has been completely paralyzed since the age of 6 due to a spinal cord injury, yet he amazingly endures obstacles and holds world records in walking and climbing. On October 24, 2013 he carried a cedar tree from the …