Employing refugees in NYC

Great initiative by Manal and Wissam Kahi in NYC, where they employ refugees from all over the world, changing the way people perceive them and helping them thrive. Every person and every community can powerfully affect positive change around the world. Check out their story here Thank you Labneh&Facts for sharing this story!
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Eco-friendly au Liban.. c’est possible!

Comment devenir “eco-friendly” au Liban? Comment viser le “zéro déchet”? Composter, remplacer les matières non organiques par leur équivalent en tissu, bannir l’usage du plastique, fabriquer sa propre lessive avec de bonnes vieilles recettes de grand-mère, opter pour des contenants réutilisables.. Intégrons des choix écologiques, équitables et solidaires à notre quotidien. Nous pouvons tous faire une différence.. un geste à la fois!   Plus d'infos dans le Commerce du Levant, ici et à voir cette petite vidéo sur Hanane, citoyenne "zéro-déchets" ici

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen of England has awarded Lea Baroudi an #MBE (member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to peace building and civic rights in Lebanon.

As head of MARCH, the NGO that defends free expression and equal rights, Lea Baroudi does remarkable work to significantly change the lives of many young people and help them bring peace to their communities.

Congratulations for this incredibly well deserved recognition! Keep up the great work!

“Eat Save Love”

What can we do about Lebanon’s food waste problem and waste disposal crisis ? Some individuals have taken this matter into their own hands to find solutions. “Eat Save Love” is an event organized by Diana Fayad in conjunction with the Beirut-based NGO ACT_4Tomorrow (Active Advocacy of Communities for Tomorrow). A pop-up restaurant (hosted by GardenState) where the menu (developed by chefs Bob Deeb and Tina Wazirian) was based on surplus food from supermarkets! This is such a great initiative to raise awareness, reduce food waste and fight hunger in Lebanon. Read more in The Daily Star article.          

National Library reopened

The Lebanese National Library has finally reopened its doors to the public! Housed in the old Ottoman Sanayeh building, it is one of the cultural institutions and national treasures that suffered the most during the Lebanese civil war. In 1999, the National Library was recognized as a national cultural project and that led to officially adopting the National Library Rehabilitation plan. The Lebanese National Library was launched in 1921 with 20,000 books and 3,000 manuscripts bequeathed by Viscount Philippe de Tarrazi from his private collection. Today, it is home to one of the region’s largest book collection, more than 300 000 works including thousands of invaluable manuscripts, rare religious books, a collection of atlases and maps, as well as other books and documents. Article on France 24 Article in The Daily Star Article in L'Orient Le Jour                    

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

We just read Jessy Moussallem‘s interview in L’Orient-Le Jour and we wanted to share some of her impressive work here with you.

In her interview, the talented filmmaker talks about what led her to work on Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moon’s video, her relationship with Lebanon, the challenges she faces and her more recent work on Agoria’s clip.

Jessy Moussallem pushes boundaries, her videos are emotional, powerful and edgy.

Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Meet the talented Lebanese artist Gregory Buchakjian and his fascination for abandoned buildings around Beirut.

Check out his latest book, Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut, published by Kaph Books, a fascinating overview of the city’s recent past, as explained through its buildings.

And don’t miss his solo exhibit at the Sursock Museum, Abandoned Dwellings: Display of Systems, curated by Karina el-Helou.

Check out the article on The National here