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 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…”      



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

On photography in Lebanon

For all art lovers! “On Photography in Lebanon: Stories and Essays” is the latest publication of @Kaphbooks. This is a fantastic collective work in which 40 contributors from different backgrounds shared their point of view on photography evoking its equally numerous forms of existence. A total of 380 photographs (produced between the end of the 19th century and today) are compiled making this book the first of its kind on Lebanese photography.
This book is co-edited by Nour Salamé, founder of Kaph Books, and Clémence Cottard Hachem, Head of Collections at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut, Artists include: Gregory Buchakjian, Fouad Elkoury, Yasmina Jraissati, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Manal Khader, Vartan Avakian, Patrick Baz, Jalal Toufic, Adrien Zakkar, Aline Manoukian, Bernard Khoury, Camille Tarazi, Dominique Eddé, Gaby Daher, Georges Boustany, Ghada Sayegh, Ghada Waked, Ghassan Salhab, Hannah Feldman, Hind Younes, Houda Kassatly, Lara Tabet, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lévon Nordiguian, Michel Lasserre and Paola Yacoub, Mohsen Yammine, Nayla Tamraz, Octavian Esanu, Oliver Rohe, Walid Sadek, Stephen Sheehi, Yasmine Chemali and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh.

Tripoli’s monumental structure

Tripoli's monumental structure

Just a few days left to visit the Contemporary Art Exhibition “Cycles of Collapsing Progress” at the monumental Rashid Karami International Exhibition Center in Tripoli, a project by legendary brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, unfinished due to the 1975 war.

This impressive exhibit is co-organised by BeMA (Beirut Museum of Art) & STUDIOCUR/ART. Curated by Karina El Helou. In partnership with the Anissa Touati Corporation for Mexico.

It showcases 19 projects in total, including 10 commissioned artworks along 9 produced works by artists from Lebanon and Mexico.

As part of its Keeping It Modern grants, the Getty Foundation announced that it has awarded $1.7 million to 11 architectural preservation projects of exceptional 20th century landmarks, one of which is the Rachid Karami International Fairground.

“UNESCO also announced that the fair has been accepted onto the Indicative World Heritage List, a significant step forward after long efforts that means the site is now being considered for full World Heritage List status.”

The Daily Star’s article on these conservation grants here

Hike it Protect it

Hike it Protect it

A beautiful message of peace and diversity.

Support the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) جمعية درب الجبل اللبناني in their mission to recognise the Lebanon Mountain Trail as a national trail to be protected by all.


BBS is live from the LMT fundraising event and we are proud supporters of this cause. Let’s cherish and protect our shared natural heritage.

Watch the video here



Precious treasures

One of our favorite museums in Lebanon is the mim museum. Located on the Saint-Joseph University campus in Beirut, the MIM Museum showcases one of the biggest and most spectacular private mineral collection in the world. Over 2000 precious treasures, representing 450 different species from 70 countries, are exhibited.
"Created by nature millions of years ago, minerals are works of art with breathtaking aesthetics, incredible geometric shapes and fabulous color palette.” Get ready to be amazed !  

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 !]

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

Lire l’article de L’Orient Le Jour ici



Congratulations to director Amin Dora and the entire team of “Undocumented” (Bidune Kaid) for winning the Grand Jury Award at the Berlin WebFest !

“Undocumented” is an interactive mini-series, an innovative drama that allows the viewer to choose the storyline. A first in its genre. The story follows different characters in their journey amidst civil war.

A must watch!