Lebanon Emergency Relief and Employment Program
In September 2006, the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK government department dealing in humanitarian aid, awarded IRD a grant to provide assistance to poor rural households in southern Lebanon adversely affected by the July War. The project, which continued for four months, focused on 10 small villages in the Tyre District of southern Lebanon and has benefited more than 8,000 people.
The project has four main components:
- Vouchers for 870 farmers at local farming supply both to replace equipment that was lost or damaged and expand agricultural capability
- Small grants to businesses and trades people based on business recovery needs for structural repairs or restocking of goods
- Vocational training for 50 students from rural districs in the region based on local demand for trade skills such as child care, health and beuty services, computer software training and computer hardware maintenanceand repair, lasting nine weeks and including a tool kit for graduates
- 21 cash-for-work public works projects, focusing on longer-term economic benefits for the village as well as immediate benefits for unskilled labor
By the end of the project, IRD project staff in Beirut and Tyre disbursed more than $620,000 in direct economic recovery and development assistance funds in the region. The project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of IRD, ICOD, and the communities of rural southern Lebanon. IRD works in cooperation with, and with the express appreciation of, municipal councils and moukhtars in these communities.