Education is a right

It’s the story of Sara Hermez who opened a free school in fashion design Creative Space Beirut that provides education to talented design students who lack the resources to study. These students come from all over the country including refugee camps. The Parsons School of Design graduate, with the help of her former professor Caroline Simonelli (who …

Experiential travel in Lebanon

“The Lebanese Mountain Trail is a fine form of experiential travel (ed. also called immersion travel), through which the traveler actively engages with the history, people, culture, food, and environment of Lebanon.” Are you ready for the next Thru-Walk ? Registration will start soon for the Fall Trek 2019 ! www.lebanontrail.org Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) …

Hand in hand

This week at another lovely Sofar Sounds Beirut intimate event “secret show for a secret cause”, the NGO Mission Village – ضيعة الرسالة revealed their fantastic initiative! A group of dedicated volunteers have joined forces to build a communal living area, a shelter for the homeless. 22 rooms and a big community kitchen will be ready in a few weeks, …

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, …