On July 4th, 2015, the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) in partnership with UNICEF and in line with its dedication in enhancing livelihood and building capacities of youth, instigated 16 summer camps (40 adolescents each) to engage youth from both Lebanese and Syrian communities in Baalbeck Hermel Area.
In order to prepare coaches who will oversee the camps, LOST organized a series of training of trainers (TOT) to 16 trainers who will deliver material on needs assessment and campaigning to camp participants. The 16 summer camps targeting 650 Syrian and Lebanese youth will be structured at 16 villages in Baalbeck/Hermel region and will combine two main components: workshops on community needs and campaigning, and recreational activities. The workshops will cover several topics which may include but will not be limited to community needs and Needs Assessment, and campaigning on issues of interest like environmental protection, health, cleanliness, and hygiene, social cohesion, and GBV Life skills.
Each camp in a projected area will be concluded in the implementation of a youth-led initiative that deals with the local community's needs. This will interact Syrian and Lebanese youth in serving community. Furthermore, these youth will service the respective society and take out reasons of conflict thus creating a positive atmosphere of coexistence and social cohesion.
These summer camps, each lasts for 2 months (3 days/week) in the summer of 2015, will provide a platform to LOST to promote social cohesion among 650 youth from the two communities where Syrian and Lebanese youth are engaged in identifying local community needs and jointly devising campaigns to tackle these needs.