Because people are multifaceted, we believe development should answer all the needs of a person instead of focusing on a single project at a time.
Housing & Neighborhood
Coupled with food insecurity and lack of transportation, inadequate housing ranks among the most challenging barriers to good health for many Lebanese. Thousands, mainly women and children, live in unsafe housing. Many tend to suffer from multiple chronic illnesses or periodic acute illnesses with no financial means to seek appropriate medical attention.
LEAP initiatives include refurbishing or building decent, safe, and affordable homes in impoverished areas of Lebanon.
Home-building projects will follow guiding principles that include:
adequate space allocation and home partitioning to reduce overcrowded conditions and address privacy needs; sustainable construction that takes into account water and energy efficiency, durability, local climate conditions, safety and health, materials conservation and maintenance costs; indoor air quality and adequate ventilation to prevent exposure to mold, radon, carbon monoxide and lead.
LEAP also promotes awareness regarding indoor exposures, health hazards and preventive strategies.
- Awareness topics will include tobacco smoking and second-hand smoke, pesticide applications, allergens, cleaning chemicals.
Conditions in neighborhoods where people live have been shown to have significant effects on health. Social, physical, and economic characteristics of neighborhoods have been associated with short & long-term health quality and longevity.
A neighborhood’s characteristics may promote health by providing spaces for children to play and for adults to exercise that are free of crime, violence, and pollution. Access to grocery stores that sell fresh produce can make it easier for families to find and eat healthier foods. Access to green spaces and playgrounds can enhance quality of life, mental health, and overall wellbeing. Access to safe community spaces enhances social interactions, builds social support systems, and improves mental and overall wellbeing. Social and economic conditions in neighborhoods may improve health by affording access to employment opportunities and public resources including efficient transportation, and better schools.
Women, Children & Education Promotion
Women, Children Challenges
In areas of poverty, women are more vulnerable to lack of education, forced labor, early marriage, and violence. Those who experience domestic violence have fewer options to leave violent relationships, due to their lack of income and resources. Women living in underserved areas of Lebanon are also assuming increasing economic responsibility for their families. An important challenge facing these women is the lack of financial services and training to launch businesses, support their families, educate their children, and strengthen their local economies. They must overcome social barriers, lack of job skills or business management experience, and little access to credit.
Women, Children Solutions
Small businesses should be a high priority for any society as it indicates growth and stability yet growing and scaling businesses requires support for entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship allows people to unlock their potential and create their own jobs, key in fostering stability for families and communities. In order to address this issue, LEAP collaborates with local social entrepreneurs and NGOs to establish Women Microenterprise Development in order to provide women—rural and urban poor, heads of households, widows, victims of domestic violence—with business management training, access to credit, micro loans and networks to provide both business and social support.
Due to the deteriorating socioeconomic situation in Lebanon, many Lebanese, mainly in rural areas, are unable to provide basic elementary education for their youth. The illiteracy rate in these communities is on the rise. Young children are either losing their access to schools or being removed from school at a young age in order to enter the job markets as low wage laborers. When family finances suffer, girls are the first to be removed from school. In addition, they often stop attending school when they reach adolescence to marry at a young age.
LEAP recognizes this alarming issue and works on providing education and support to people that are in desperate need.
Our goals are to provide aid in the following forms:
Promoting public awareness that encourages children, particularly girls, to attend school and at least complete secondary education.
LEAP partners with organizations that provide innovative non-formal education with the purpose of providing access to tools and knowledge that educate, innovate, and create opportunities improved livelihoods in Lebanon.
VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL TRAINING AND SKILLS BUILDING promotion
Lebanon is suffering from cyclical and structural unemployment mostly driven by major political, social, and other issues which have hindered economic growth and job creation in the past few years. Moreover, there is a growing gap between the labor supply and labor demand in the market which is further aggravating the situation notably in terms of youth employment, inclusion, and new skills in demand.
Vocational/Technical & Skills Training
LEAP collaborates with local social entrepreneurs and NGOs running such vocational schools by donating equipment that enhances learning and encourages attendance. Priority will be given to projects that fill shortage of technical laborers and skilled workers thereby providing employment opportunities. LEAP provides vocational training for jobs in robotics, I.T, construction, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity, painting…