Khaulah & Nishantini
The role of NGOs in a country like Lebanon is shifting from relief to development and sustainability. Currently there are an estimated 2 million Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon. Together with ACA, our local partner in Lebanon, we are able to identify the needs of the refugee artisan group (12 carpenters and 10 tailors) and to curate an implementation plan that increases their access to market and income. As of 2017, we were able to collaborate with one local designer and one international company in increasing their collective income through securing job orders amounting to USD6,000. The partnerships formed with the designer and the international company is expected to be long term. At the same time, we are able to add one sales platform through securing a place to display and sell specifically designed artisanal products for the Malaysian Battalion base camp in Lebanon.
MAHAR Lebanon was also able to conduct needs assessments with 5 NGO groups working with Palestinian and Syrian refugees group. Input from the needs assessment was directed to the MYCORPS programme.