July 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
The fragile and deteriorating political and economic situation in the region has dramatically increased the economic burdens on Lebanese families especially those living in North Bekaa. This situation has been exacerbated by the high number of Syrians who fled their country to find refuge in the region; many of them are skilled in agriculture which increased economic competition with Lebanese workers and reduced income of some Lebanese families.
Based on these conditions, LOST sensed a great need to help these vulnerable underprivileged families who are facing the socioeconomic and political burdens of the current crisis without being supported sufficiently by the Lebanese government or any other international donor;almost all resources and funds are directed to help only Syrian refugees.
On July 1st 2013, The Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training signed a seven-month project with Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD). This project aims at generating additional income to 200 Lebanese families affected by the increasing influx of Syrian refugees and guiding women in these households to have better marketing skills. LOST will distribute6000 chicken to 200 Lebanese families (average 30 chickens per family) who are living in 15 villages in Northern Bekaa. LOST will then train them on how to raise chicken in coop. Moreover, these families (and mainly women) will get necessary guidance to promote their marketing skills in order to contact small shops in villages and sell the produced eggs daily.