Thursday, February 25, 2016

Reducing Tension by Stabilizing Local Authorities

“Future Together Now” a project partnering the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Trainings and their German partners ForumZFD and completed its second community project in the city of Bednayel.
Friday December the 4th, 2015 representatives from ForumZFD,  LOST members, guests and potential workgroup participants gathered to applaud the efforts of the community coming together to help improve the services provided by the municipality in order to improve the village in general and help reduce tensions between both the Lebanese host community and the Syrian refugees.
President of LOST Dr. Ramy Lakkis gave a brief introduction about the mission of LOST. Working with people, particularly women and youth to create a more developed and equitable society through reducing poverty, eliminating exclusion, and fostering a culture of peace. Dr. Lakkis highlighted the importance of activating the coordination between local and international society so they can respond for the needs of the community because of the huge influx of the Syrian refugees.
Project coordinator and community activist in Bednayel, Malak Ashaal, after a series of training in conflict resolution, conflict transformation and needs analysis, and in compliance with the municipality request, found out that a crane would be very helpful for the municipality. Ashaal emphasized the importance of such initiatives hoping to transform conflict into joint decision-making and comprehensive communication skills in the social atmosphere between Syrian refugees and the host community.
This initiative is the second of four initiatives in the Baalbek-Hermel region in cooperation with ForumZFD and the municipalities to change struggle into joint decision making and ease the social climate between the displaced Syrians and the hosting Lebanese society.

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