Monday, June 15, 2015

Partnership between LOST and MCC- Income-Generating and Social-Cohesion Project

The Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) have initiated their 3-year income-generating and social-cohesion project targeting 60 most vulnerable Lebanese families in Baalbeck-Hermel region on June 9th, 2015.

This project aims to improve food security, family nutrition and economic well-being while empowering families to establish community cohesion by distributing sheep for 60 needy families, and training women in these families on milk production, marketing techniques, and community peace building education towards social cohesion. The end result of assistance in food security and peace education training will build the capacity of the local rural communities to cope with financial pressures, insuring stable incomes and ability to feed themselves nutritionally. Thus, it aims at empowering families in a certain degree of economic and food security while strengthening their potential to assist the refugees in helping create social acceptance and sympathy to their current situation.
This project will provide technical assistance and training along with the sheep distribution to increase the income of 60 families by $100 to $125 (per family) each month making them viable economically besides increasing their families’ nutritional status. Women targeted by this project will benefit directly by increasing the income of their families; thus easing the burden they carry for caring for the children and family living needs.
The project will allow LOST to be aligned with the Lebanese Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) and the strategic objectives of the Global Food Security Clusters. Through this project LOST will promote sustainable stabilization of food consumption for vulnerable households in northern Bekaa, ensuring food availability by supporting sustainable agriculture production.

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