For over 75 years, NEF has worked with the people of Lebanon, providing technical and financial assistance that have benefitted hundreds of thousands through improved education, income, agriculture and food security, rural development, and access to credit.
A Legacy of Innovation & Impact
Working in coordination with local organizations, NEF’s efforts have been directed toward building enduring local institutions by providing grants, technical training, and staff. NEF continued to strengthen local institutions from 1930 well into the Civil War by providing funding and long-term technical support.
In 1930, NEF worked with the American University of Beirut (AUB) to establish the Institute of Rural Life, which still exists today as AUB’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The Institute was designed to work directly with farmers to improve crop production and animal husbandry. It also organizes agricultural education for schools, child welfare programs, and farmers’ cooperatives.
In the 1980s, NEF began supporting a range of local development projects in coordination with Lebanese civil society organizations (CSOs). These projects focused on vocational education, agricultural and rural economic development, and micro-credit.
Since that time, working with and through local organizations has been a cornerstone of NEF’s work in Lebanon.
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Restoring Food Security & Building Resilience for Syrian Refugees and Members of their Host Communities
Over 18 months, NEF will improve access to food and increase economic resilience of Syrian and Lebanese families at risk of harmful survival strategies by: (1) providing training, equipment and services to introduce urban agriculture (rooftop and balcony gardens, solar food driers); (2) increasing income generation and economic opportunity among 50 at-risk mothers through skills development training and coaching ; and (3) reducing the risk of early marriage and exploitative work for 100 adolescent girls through access to financial education, creation of savings accounts, and peer support.
Project launched in September 2015; outreach to community-based organizations and refugees is ongoing; 4 demonstration sites for introducing urban agriculture techniques have been established in Bourj Hammoud, 38 families have been trained in urban agriculture, 9 women have been provided with skills trainings, and 26 participants are receiving trainings on financial literacy and savings.