Development
  • This program aims to boost self-reliance among refugees allowing them the chance to develop their skills and provide for their own needs. Impoverished refugees, families lacking a breadwinner, and needy women would invest in their own capacities relying on human and economic resources within their community. Eventually, the program seeks to lead refugees towards independence on relief services from donors and relief associations. Through boosting their self-reliance, the refugees will become integrated in the production cycle and able to participate in serving their community i.e. a chance for them to participate in the reconstruction of Syria at later time.
     
    The program in 2016 helped provide development opportunities for 830 beneficiaries including supporting more than 242 small productive projects and 28 stores in the charitable markets (Al Khair Markets)  from which 74 families benefit. The program also helped to establish 9 development projects employing 57 laborers, and sponsored training workshops from which 240 persons benefitted.
     
  • 1.Microfinancing Small Projects  (Sanad):
    Within this field, Sanad project is concerned with microfinancing small projects due to their importance in achieving economic and social growth through the provision of funds with concessional repayment for small productive projects. 
    Such projects have witnessed quite remarkable success in Beirut and the North and participated in decreasing the number of those unemployed by allowing experienced beneficiaries to establish private business from which they can profit and improve their living conditions. In 2016, 236 small productive projects were funded providing a living for 791 individuals with a total sum estimated at $230,964. The total value of implementations within this program amounted to $1.34 million from which 1,412 families benefitted.
      
    2.Charitable Markets (Al Khair Markets):
    The idea of charitable markets (Al Khair Markets) is based on funding small stores within shelter centers to be operated by the neediest families in these centers.  Ultimately, those families benefit from the proceeds and would depend less on foreign aid while at the same time refugees are provided with the basic goods and services at lower prices without the need to leave the shelter centers, which are usually far from markets.
    Stores established within these markets include grocery and food consumables, vegetables and fruits, meat and poultry, bakeries and small popular restaurants, clothes and sewing shops as well as shoemakers and hairdressers. By the end of 2016, there were charitable markets (Al Khair Markets) in 6 shelter centers, mainly al-Awda and al-Inmaa Model Villages in Barelias and Akkar, with 53 different stores across Lebanon providing a living for 74 families, i.e. 314 persons.
     
    3.Productive Projects:
    This idea is based on establishing several productive projects that are beneficial in several ways as they provide job opportunity for needy categories and provide them with the opportunity for training and gaining experience while at the same time they provide basic services or commodities for the beneficiary community. This accordingly guarantees the continuity of the project based on the proceeds and diminishes dependence on foreign aid, in addition to boosting the economic cycle on the long run.
    In 2016, 9 development projects were launched including 2 charitable kitchens, 4 saj bakeries and an automatic bakery benefitting 57 families (242 persons), in addition to thousands who benefit from their products and services.
     
    4.Training and Qualification Workshops: 
    The Development Program seeks through this field to improve life and production sills on the individual and collective levels, in order to boost self-reliance and improve job opportunities, in addition to employing workforce within the local community. 
    In 2016, 24 vocational training sessions were held in the fields of first aid, sewing, computer and workshops in teaching cooking and sweets that benefitted 240 persons.